FREDERICK, Md. - Looking for their best start to a season since 2012, the Bryn Mawr field hockey team took to the road earlier Saturday to take on Hood. The Owls ended up dominating from start to finish, outshooting the Blazers 31-1 en route to a 5-0 victory on the day. Five different players scored for the Owls, who have now outscored opponents 11-1 to start their campaign. None of the three Owls goalkeepers who saw time in the cage had to make a save on the day.
The Owls were in control from the very beginning, registering seven penalty corners and seven shots in the opening fifteen minutes of play. Bryn Mawr even earned a penalty stroke during that window, but Hood goalkeeper Hailey Poisal made a solid save to keep Bryn Mawr off the board. It was only a matter of time, however, as Bryn Mawr finally broke through at the 18:22 mark of the first half. It was first-year Bailey Turner who broke the seal, tallying her first career goal to put the Owls on top 1-0.
Bryn Mawr would strike again just seven minutes later. This time, Samantha Shaw earned the assist on a great goal from Zaynah Moen. The Owls sophomore has now scored in all three games to open 2018. Despite the dominating performance, Bryn Mawr would be held to just those two goals in the first half.
In the second half, Owls first-year goalkeeper Maggie Titus saw her first action in the cage, and she saw perhaps the only action of any of the three Owls goaltenders on the day. Hood earned their lone penalty corner of the game just five minutes into the half, and the Blazers were able to generate a shot off of that opportunity, but the Owls defense stepped in front to block the attempt. That would be all the Blazers would get offensively on the day, as Bryn Mawr resumed their stranglehold on the match following that brief detour. The Owls would get back on the board just ten minutes later, this time on a goal from Ryann McManus on an assist from Emma Hicks on a penalty corner.
Bryn Mawr tallied twice more in the closing stages of the contest, first getting a goal from Kelly Bergman on an assist by Turner. Then, Samantha Shaw capped off the scoring with a goal on a penalty stroke, capping off the 5-0 win for the Owls.
With the win, the Owls move to 3-0 on the year, their best start to a season since 2012. Bryn Mawr will look to make program history when they get back in action on Tuesday night. If the Owls can pick up a road win against Bryn Athyn, they will start the season 4-0, something that has not been accomplished across the entire recorded history of the Bryn Mawr field hockey program. Tuesday's game is slated to start at 7:00 PM at Bryn Athyn.