SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team faced off against Tri-Co rival Swarthmore earlier Wednesday afternoon. The Owls put on yet another great performance against a Centennial Conference opponent, but for the second-straight game in a row, it was their opponents who came away with a 1-0 victory.
Swarthmore controlled play in the early going, and that led to a quick goal for the hosts. Bryn Mawr did a great job blocking a Garnet shot, but the play led to a penalty corner for the hosts. Clare Perez ended up getting a shot off on the ensuing corner, and Sophie Peipher was able to get a stick on the ball to deflect it into the Owls' cage.
After that, the hosts continued to press, looking for an insurance goal to up their lead. However, Bryn Mawr locked down defensively, keeping every Swarthmore effort away from the cage. Angela Meng played one of her best games of the season in goal for the Owls. The junior made six saves on the night, including several really spectacular efforts on back-to-back shots by Swarthmore's Riya Garg midway through the first half. Slowly but surely, defense led to offense for Bryn Mawr, and the Owls got their first good chance 22 minutes into the game. After a penalty corner inserted by Lydia Fisher, defender Sara Rilatt got a laser of a shot off towards the cage, but the Garnet's Zelda Bank made a save on that shot.
The Owls continued to pepper the cage throughout the rest of the first half and into the second. Grace Morris and Samantha Shaw each saw shots go wide in the first half. Then in the second, Bryn Mawr tallied six more penalty corners and seven more shots. The Owls' defense continued to hold Swarthmore scoreless, but Bryn Mawr simply couldn't get a bounce to go their way. Kelly Bergman, Rilatt, Leia Robinson, and Morris all had shots either saved or blocked by the hosts' defense. Bryn Mawr's final opportunity came in the 69th minute of play. With the goalie pulled, the Owls earned a penalty corner, and Fisher once again inserted the ball into play. This time, it was Emily Britt who took the resulting shot, and her effort seemed headed into the back of the cage, but a Swarthmore defender stepped in and blocked the shot away. That put the cap on a tremendous effort for the Owls, as the team unfortunately fell short by just one goal.
Bryn Mawr will return home to Applebee Field on Saturday for their next contest. The Owls will welcome Dickinson to campus for a weekend Centennial Conference tilt. That game is slated for 12:00 PM in Bryn Mawr.