LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team faced a tough test earlier Saturday afternoon as they traveled to central Pennsylvania to face off against Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats came into today's contest as the 12th-ranked team in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, and today they showcased just why they earned that national recognition. The Owls certainly showed some impressive grit and resolve throughout the game, especially defensively. Bryn Mawr's back end and goalkeeper Angela Meng weathered a relentless attack from the Diplomats, who poured on 38 shots in the contest. Meng made 14 saves on the afternoon in her strong performance in front of the cage, but ultimately Franklin & Marshall broke through for seven goals en route to a 7-0 shutout on the day.
The Owls were forced to be sharp defensively from the get-go, as Franklin & Marshall got their first shot off just 3:56 into the game. Meng made a strong save on that first effort, and the Owls managed to fight off five more shots as well in the opening ten minutes. However, it was only a matter of time before the relentless pressure from the hosts paid off. The Diplomats got on the scoreboard for their first goal of the contest at the 11:39 mark, as Sydney Cole tallied her eighth goal of the season off a feed from Annie Horsley. Horsley would then get a goal of her own on a penalty stroke less than two minutes later to mae it a 2-0 game. The Owls would buckle back down defensively throughout most of the rest of the half, doing a nice job clearing away dangerous balls and attacks. Unfortunately, they would give up one more goal before the half ended and it was a backbreaker, as F&M tallied a third goal with just a second left on the clock.
That late goal in the first half seemed to give the hosts some momentum into the second half as well, as the Diplomats got the scoring started back up just five minutes into the second frame. Ultimately, the hosts would score three more goals over the rest of the half to claim a 7-0 win on the day.
Bryn Mawr will now return home next week for their final two games of the season. First, the Owls will welcome Haverford to campus for a battle against their crosstown rivals on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM. Then, Bryn Mawr field hockey will be the first varsity team in action on Homecoming Saturday, with the Owls slated to take on Ursinus at 11:00 AM on Applebee Field.