LANCASTER, Pa. - The Centennial Conference released their end-of-season field hockey honors earlier Tuesday afternoon, and a pair of Bryn Mawr players received recognition from the league. Owls first-year Sara Rilatt became the third Bryn Mawr player in the last decade to be named to an all-league team, as she was selected to the Second Team All-Centennial Conference. Rilatt was joined in receiving recognition from the league by fellow freshman Samantha Shaw, who was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.
Rilatt came into the team and had an immediate impact on both sides of the ball for the Owls. As the anchor of Bryn Mawr's defense, she was primarily responsible for the team's drastic improvement in goals against average this season. The Owls jumped 42 spots nationally in that category from last year to this year by giving up over two fewer goals per game (4.63 to 2.57). Rilatt also helped the team post five shutouts. On the offensive side of the ball, the York, Pa. native was a key contributor on penalty corners for Bryn Mawr. She tallied two goals and four assists on the year, including scoring the game-winning goal in Bryn Mawr's 1-0 road win against Elmira in late October.
Bryn Mawr head coach Victor Brady had nothing but positive thoughts about Rilatt's first season as an Owl: "Sara had an amazing first-year campaign – her composure and steadiness both when defending and in possession belies her class year. From the center back, Sara played a leading role in helping us to one of our best defensive seasons in program history – our lowest goals against average in over 50 years, our lowest goals against average in Conference since the Centennial expanded in 2003, over 120 minutes of consecutive game action in September without conceding a single shot. She trains like she plays and walks on the turf every day eager to get better. I cannot wait to see how she continues to develop as a player and a leader over her college career!"
Samantha Shaw was another great addition to the Bryn Mawr squad in 2017. The Mount Bethel, Pa. native recorded just four shots on the season, but her impact was felt in numerous other ways that aren't seen in the stat sheet. She was another big part of the team's improvement on defense, and she was one of the loudest vocal leaders on the squad despite being a freshman. Her positive attitude even towards her competitors earned her recognition from the Conference by being named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
"Sam has a contagious positivity and spirit that energizes the play of everyone around her," stated Coach Brady. "She is fiercely competitive, respecting the sport and her opponent by giving her absolute best in training exercises and games, and she is quick to recognize and commend the play of both her teammates and opponents."
The Owls will continue to train hard throughout the offseason in preparation for their 2018 campaign next year.