BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team got the 2019 Homecoming slate underway earlier Saturday afternoon with a non-conference matchup against Neumann, and the Owls certainly did not disappoint the packed house at Applebee Field. Bryn Mawr dominated from start to finish in today's contest, using a five-goal second quarter to run away to a 7-0 win on the day. Kelly Bergman and Meghan O'Shea led the way for Bryn Mawr with two goals apiece in the contest.
The Owls had plenty of chances to get on the board first in the opening frame, including a flurry of shots right in front of Neumann's cage with 45 seconds to go in the quarter. The Knight's goaltender did a fantastic job of repelling each of those shots, even saving one or two from her back. However, her efforts were in vain, as O'Shea scored the opener just seconds later from right in front of the cage, redirecting a Mary Cugini pass that had gotten past the goalkeeper into the right side of the cage.
With that opener, the Owls were off and running in the second quarter. Olivia Supron got the scoring ignited just 90 seconds into the second frame, as the Owls turned a defensive giveaway by the Knights into a chance at the top of the circle. Kelly Bergman made a great pass to find Supron slicing down toward the cage, and the first-year fired the ball past Neumann's netminder and into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. About five minutes later, Bergman added to the Owls' lead on a fantastic penalty corner play. Lydia Fisher inserted to Sara Rilatt at the top of the circle, and the junior defender dribbled right, then dropped a backwards pass to Mary Cugini, who had cut behind her. The senior co-captain sent a perfect pass into the front of the cage, and the ball redirected off Samantha Shaw to Bergman at the right post. Bergman deftly angled her stick to direct the ball into the back of the net to increase Bryn Mawr's advantage.
Cugini got on the scoresheet herself a couple minutes later, as once again the Owls punished a giveaway by Neumann in the midfield. The senior took control after Courtney Cutone pounced on a loose ball, and she drove all the way into the center of the circle before firing a low hard shot just inside the right post to make it a 4-0 game. Less than a minute later, Meghan O'Shea bagged her second goal of the game on another penalty corner, banging home a deflection at the right post. Lydia Fisher wrapped up the first-half scoring just a couple minutes later, recovering a blocked shot on a penalty corner and rocketing the ball into the back of the cage to give Bryn Mawr a 6-0 lead at the half.
Things really settled down in the second half, as Bryn Mawr continued to attack where possible, but were mainly looking to ice away the rest of the game. The Owls finally tacked on a late goal with just over five minutes left to go in the contest. The team once again showcased their deadly attack on penalty corners, as Kelly Bergman redirected a shot from Sara Rilatt at the top of the circle into the back of the cage, finalizing the scoreline in Bryn Mawr's 7-0 win.
With the victory, the Owls move to 7-1 on the season, continuing their best start to a season in program history. Bryn Mawr will now get a bit of a break, as they won't be back in action until next Friday, when they resume Centennial Conference play. The Owls will travel to Gettysburg on Friday evening, looking for their first win against the Bullets in program history. Bryn Mawr has been close in the past couple of seasons, and they'll look to get over the hurdle when the two teams face off at 4:00 in Gettysburg.