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Bryn Mawr Outmuscles Mighty Macs in Non-Conference Win

Samantha Shaw drives down the sideline against Immaculata fall 2019

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls field hockey team took advantage of a rare late-season non-conference contest on Wednesday, putting on a dominant showing against Immaculata to stretch their current winning streak out to eight games. Samantha Shaw led the Owls with two goals on the day, including the game-winner. Zaynah Moen added a third goal, and Sara Rilatt tallied a goal of her own for the fourth straight game to help Bryn Mawr cruise to a 4-0 win on the day. Maggie Titus made two saves on the afternoon in Bryn Mawr's seventh shutout of the season.

After a scoreless first quarter, Bryn Mawr finally broke onto the scoreboard in the second frame, and it was Shaw who got things started. With Bryn Mawr increasing the pressure in the offensive end early in the second quarter in search of an opener, Mary Cugini broke through the Immaculata defense and was able to get a shot off. Mighty Macs goalkeeper Randie Kuhar made the save on that effort, but the Owls kept the ball in the attacking zone. Ultimately it landed on the stick of Erin Chung at the top of the circle, who was playing her first game of the season after battling an injury. The sophomore collected and fired a shot right on goal, and Shaw was positioned perfectly. Standing directly in front of Kuhar, the junior forward deflected the pass past the goalkeeper and into the cage to give the Owls a 1-0 advantage.

The lone other good chance of the quarter for the Owls paid off as well. After a relatively tame frame outside of that first Bryn Mawr goal, the Owls finally struck once again less than two minutes before halftime. On a penalty corner, Bryn Mawr worked a give-and-go to get Sara Rilatt the ball with plenty of time and space at the top of the arc. The junior defender reared back and pulled the trigger on what ended up being a perfect pass to Zaynah Moen right in front of the goaltender. Moen collected, spun to her right, and found the back of the cage with a quick shot to double Bryn Mawr's advantage just before halftime.

After the halftime break, the Owls came out and pressed even harder in what ended up being their best quarter of the contest. Bryn Mawr outshot Immaculata 9-0 in the frame, and the Owls would find their third goal of the day just under three minutes into the quarter. As the Owls worked the ball down the right side of the field, they got the ball to Mary Cugini, and the senior captain found some space and broke into the circle on the right wing. From there, she sent a pass towards Shaw right in front of the cage. The junior tried to get a one-timer off, but whiffed. However, the ball caromed off of a defender and straight back to Shaw, and this time she didn't miss. Shaw fired a hard shot inside the right side of the cage to make it a 3-0 lead for the Owls.

Rilatt wrapped up the scoring for Bryn Mawr with 4:25 to go in the quarter, and this time the goal came on a penalty corner. Lydia Fisher inserted to Rilatt at the top, but the ball skipped off the turf and over Rilatt's stick. Courtney Cutone was backing her up though, and the first-year collected and pressed toward the right wing. From there, she sent a square pass back across to the top of the circle that kicked off of Ryann McManus and went straight to Rilatt. With plenty of space in front of her, Rilatt drove a hard shot through a mess of traffic in front of the cage and into the right side to cap off the 4-0 win for Bryn Mawr.

With the win, the Owls move to 13-1 on the year, bumping up their program record for most wins in a season. They will get a chance to stretch that streak even higher when they go on the road for the final time this season on Saturday. Bryn Mawr will face off against Centennial Conference leaders Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, with gametime in Lancaster set for 12:00 PM.