BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls field hockey team earned an historic victory earlier Thursday afternoon, as Bryn Mawr defeated Washington College for the first time in 25 years. Five different players scored for the Owls in the big win, with Grace Morris tallying what ultimately became the game-winning goal in Bryn Mawr's 5-1 win.
Meghan O'Shea got the scoring started off for the Owls nearly six minutes into the game. Bryn Mawr had all the momentum early, posting two shots and a penalty corner within the first five minutes. Finally, O'Shea struck with her second goal of the season and her second goal in as many games, giving the Owls a 1-0 lead. The hosts would double their advantage less than three minutes later, as Samantha Shaw deflected a Grace Morris shot on a penalty corner to make it a 2-0 lead.
Washington College managed to stop the early bleeding in the second quarter, as they had the lone two chances of the period. With under two minutes to play, the Shorewomen got two shots off, but each went wide and the game went to halftime with the Owls still holding a 2-0 lead.
The Shorewomen would cut into that deficit just 3:20 into the second half, as Kailyn Brandt took a pass from Grace Steele and fired the ball into the back of the cage for her third goal of the season. The rest of the quarter was a back-and-forth affair that saw both sides pressing for the all-important next goal. It appeared as if the game would go into the fourth still at a 2-1 scoreline, but the Owls finally crashed through with their third goal of the day with just seconds left in the period. This time, it was Rilatt who let loose a hard shot from the top of the circle, rocketing the ball past the Shorewomen goalkeeper and into the back of the cage off of a penalty corner.
That late tally seemed to break the back of the Shorewomen, as the Owls jumped the visitors for two more goals in the final frame. Courtney Cutone scored her first career goal just 1:56 into the fourth quarter to push Bryn Mawr's advantage to 4-1 thanks to a nice pass from Mary Cugini. Samantha Shaw added the final blow in the 55th minute, scoring her team-leading eighth goal of the season on a feed from Olivia Supron. That capped off the scoring for the day, closing out what was a 5-1 win for the Owls.
The win was the first time the Owls have beaten Washington College since 1993, and just the second time they have defeated the Shorewomen in program history. Over the previous 26 games against the Shorewomen, the Owls had scored a combined 10 goals; today, Bryn Mawr put up a five-spot all in one game. Today's result also marks the second-most goals Bryn Mawr has scored in a Centennial Conference game in program history, just behind a 6-1 win against Haverford in 1996.
With the victory, the Owls move to 6-1 on the year and 1-1 in conference play. They will be right back in action on Saturday for a non-conference Homecoming contest against Neumann. Gametime on Saturday is slated for 11 AM.