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Owls Topple Cedar Crest in Season Opener

Kelly Bergman

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team got their 2018 campaign off to a fast start earlier Friday night, as the Owls picked up a big road win under the lights against Cedar Crest. An early goal from Zaynah Moen helped Bryn Mawr stake their claim to the game, and the Owls' dominance of the affair paid off late as well with an insurance goal from Kelly Bergman to help Bryn Mawr claim a 2-0 win. Logan Wallace Wood picked up her first career win in the cage for the Owls, whose defensive effort helped Wood earn her first career shutout as well, all without having to make a single save. The Owls kept Cedar Crest goalkeeper Emma Ryan busy all night, as she made eight saves in a strong effort for the hosts.

The Owls were on the front foot early, earning their first opportunity of the game just over four minutes into the action. A penalty corner from Lydia Fisher proved dangerous and led to a shot from Samantha Shaw, but an incredible defensive save from Cedar Crest's Alexx Miller kept Bryn Mawr off the board. A minute later, first-year Bailey Turner got off a shot of her own, but Ryan stood tall to make the save for the Falcons. Owls head coach Victor Brady kept his lineup fresh by substituting generously early on in the contest, and one of those changes led to Bryn Mawr's first goal of the season. Sophomore Zaynah Moen came onto the field ten minutes into the action, and a few minutes later, the Owls earned another penalty corner. Although the Owls could not get a shot off directly off that corner, Bryn Mawr kept the pressure up, and ultimately Grace Morris was able to get a shot off. Moen was right there to deflect the ball, which then flew past Ryan and into the back of the cage for Bryn Mawr's first tally of the year, putting the Owls up 1-0 fifteen minutes into the game.

Cedar Crest did an admirable job of responding to that initial setback, earning a pair of penalty corners of their own just minutes later. On the second, the Falcons got off a shot, but a Bryn Mawr defender got her stick in the way to block the effort. That would prove to be the Falcons' lone shot attempt of the night, as Bryn Mawr simply dominated possession and had all the chances. However, neither side would tally another shot in the half, and Bryn Mawr would take a 1-0 lead to the locker room at the half.

In the second half, Bryn Mawr tightened the screws even further, opening their attack just minutes into the frame. Another penalty corner led to a pair of shots for the Owls, but Grace Morris' effort was blocked and a follow-up attempt by Erin Chung was saved by Emma Ryan. Later, Sophia Guererro had her first collegiate shot saved as well. Samantha Shaw and Ryann McMannus got in on the attack a few minutes later, with that duo tallying five shots in fifteen minutes, but having each of them saved. These missed chances and big saves from Cedar Crest may have come back to bite many teams in a similar situation, but Bryn Mawr was so dominant on the night that they faced little danger on the other end. Cedar Crest would not post a single offensive statistic in the second half, a credit to the hard work done by the Owls on both sides of the ball. Bryn Mawr finally got their second goal of the night with just seconds remaining in the contest, this time off the stick of Kelly Bergman on a nice play in front of the cage. Once again the goal came as a result of a corner, and this time it was Mary Cugini who got a shot off towards the cage. Bergman showed off her quick hands by getting her stick in just the right spot, deflecting another shot past Ryan. That proved to be plenty for the Owls, as Bryn Mawr easily wrapped up the 2-0 win.

The victory is the second-straight 2-0 win over Cedar Crest in season-openers for the Owls after last year's two-goal win at home to open the 2017 campaign. Bryn Mawr will look to move to 2-0 when they take the field again next week. The Owls will get their first home game of 2018 on Thursday afternoon when they play host to Immaculata.