BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team accomplished yet another historic feat earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls defeated Dickinson 1-0 on a penalty stroke goal by Sara Rilatt, the first time Bryn Mawr has bested the Red Devils since 1996. However, the even bigger news is that the win mathematically clinches a berth in the Centennial Conference postseason for the Owls, a feat that has never before been accomplished in school history.
Though Bryn Mawr was in control much of the way through today's game, it was actually Dickinson who got the first offensive chance of the day five minutes into the first quarter. A penalty corner set up a shot for the Red Devils' Mia Scott, but Bryn Mawr's defense bowed up to stop the shot and shut down the attack. The Owls went to work on offense from there, earning six penalty corners and recording seven shots over the remainder of the quarter. However, Dickinson was able to survive the onslaught, and the game remained scoreless through the first frame.
In the second quarter, Bryn Mawr continued to apply pressure to the Dickinson defenders, and that finally paid off with just under five minutes to go in the period. On the Owls' eighth penalty corner of the day, Bryn Mawr got two shots off that Dickinson defenders either blocked or appeared to save off the line. However, the second stop was deemed illegal and led to a penalty stroke for the Owls. Up to the spot stepped Rilatt, and the junior sent another perfect shot on goal. Rilatt found a gap inside the right post, firing the ball home and giving Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead.
From there on, the Owls continued to control the rest of the game, but Dickinson's defense did a tremendous job of "bending but not breaking". Ultimately, the Owls outshot Dickinson 21-6 on the day, but were unable to push across another goal. That nearly proved costly, as the Red Devils earned one final opportunity late in the game. With time winding down to about five minutes left to play, Dickinson's Sierra Bobb put a shot just wide. The visitors earned a pair of penalty corners after that, with the second leading to another shot from Hannah Spiri. However, that effort too went wide, and with that the Owls were able to see out the rest of the game and clinch the 1-0 win.
Despite clinching the postseason berth, the Owls still have plenty left to play for. They will be right back in action on Wednesday, where they will get a break from Centennial Conference play by hosting Immaculata on Applebee Field. Gametime on Wednesday is slated for 4:00 PM against the Mighty Macs.