LANCASTER, Pa. - The Centennial Conference announced their 2018 All-Centennial Conference selections earlier Tuesday morning, and Bryn Mawr raked in quite the collection of honors as part of that process. Four different Owls - head coach Victor Brady and three student-athletes - earned their way onto the All-Centennial Conference team thanks to some incredible effort and results in 2018.
Brady was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year by the league, with the selection made by the rest of his peers in the conference. The third-year head coach led the Owls to a 9-8 overall record this fall, making it the program's first winning season since the 1996 campaign. Two of those victories were of the conference variety, as the Owls' wins over Swarthmore and Haverford gave them their first multiple-Centennial Conference-win season since 1998. Bryn Mawr has improved at a dramatic rate under Brady's leadership, and the rest of the conference has certainly taken notice. The Owls finished the season in the top half of the league statistically in Goals Against Average, Goals Per Game, Points Per Game, Penalty Corners Per Game, Scoring Average, Scoring Margin, and Shutouts Per Game.
A big part of the Owls' improvement this season has come from a suffocating defense, and first-year goalkeeper Maggie Titus has played a huge role in making that happen. The Bryn Mawr goaltender was rewarded for her stellar performance this year by being named the Rookie of the Year for the 2018 season. Titus played in 15 games and started the final 13 contests of the season for the Owls this year. In that span, she posted an incredible .818 save percentage (the second-best mark in the conference and 15th-best in the country) and a 1.16 goals against average (4th-best in CC, 28th-best in the nation). That 1.16 GAA is a new record in recorded Bryn Mawr field hockey history, and the .818 save percentage is the 7th-best mark in program history. That high level of achievement certainly helped Bryn Mawr perform as well as they did in 2018, and it is why Titus was named the Rookie of the Year as well as to the All-Centennial Conference Second Team.
Titus was joined on the All-CC Second Team by sophomore defender Sara Rilatt, who, by anchoring the back line of the Owls, was almost equally as responsible for those impressive defensive stats. Rilatt has also been a crucial addition to the Owls' penalty corners since she first stepped on campus; this season, the sophomore registered one goal and assisted on three others. This is the second year on the team for Rilatt, who was named All-Centennial Conference Second Team in her rookie campaign in 2017. Rilatt becomes the first All-Centennial Conference team repeat honoree since Kayla Bixler (All-CC 2nd Team - 2012, 2013) and Maddy Beckman (All-CC Hon. Ment. - 2012, 2013) repeated in 2013. Her appearance last year and Titus' in 2018 makes it back-to-back seasons that the Owls have had a freshman on the All-Conference team.
Finally, all of this season's achievements would certainly not have been possible without the leadership and strong play of co-captain Mary Cugini, who was named All-Centennial Conference Honorable Mention in today's release. The junior midfielder tallied three goals and four assists in 2018 and led the team by more than double her next-closest teammate with 51 shots, and she also worked just as hard on the defensive side, leading Bryn Mawr in defensive saves as well this year.
The three student-athletes on the All-CC team are the most for Bryn Mawr in a season since 1998, when Beth Varadian, Katie Martin, and Brooke Walker were all named All-Centennial Conference Honorable Mention.
Bryn Mawr senior and co-captain Emma Hicks was also named to the conference's All-Sportsmanship team in today's release.
Bryn Mawr will continue to work and train hard throughout the offseason. Brady, Titus, Rilatt, and Cugini, and the rest of the Owls squad will look to fly even higher next year when the 2019 campaign rolls around.