Despite the early end to the 2020 spring seasons, the Owls would still like to recognize the efforts of their seniors on what would have been their normal "Senior Day". Today, we honor Bryn Mawr lacrosse's two seniors, Elizabeth Hoo and Colleen McGrath.
Bryn Mawr lacrosse seniors Elizabeth Hoo and Colleen McGrath have been mainstays of the Owls squad during the past four years at Bryn Mawr. Both players have brought an incredible enthusiasm and passion to the athletics facilities every day and have become valuable leaders and mentors within their team.
Liz Hoo, a native of Menlo Park, California, played in 40 games for the Owls during her career, starting in 22 of those contests. The high-energy defender has been a solid contributor on the Owls back line, totalling 35 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers in her career. Those 35 ground balls are the second-most of any Owl on the active roster. Hoo originally came to Bryn Mawr with a soccer focus, but once on campus she was recruited to join the lacrosse program. Her dedication and commitment to the team was rewarded when she was named one of three captains for the squad in the fall.
Her teammates describe her as "enthusiastic, vocal, and a go-getter." Hoo is certainly much more than an athlete at Bryn Mawr; in addition to her career on the field, she is an English major who held an internship with QVC, was part of the SAP, UX Creative Lab team, a member of the Philadelphia Film Society marketing team, Hitachi Vantara Customer Advocacy Team, and the Metadata.io marketing and sales team. Liz is currently in the process of applying for the MBA program at Wharton and several other graduate schools. We wish her the best of luck with her future studies. The Owls coaching and athletics staff thanks Liz for all she has done to help the program get to where it is, and her teammates will surely miss her.
Colleen McGrath, a native of Staten Island, New York, has played in 32 career contests for the Owls during her career, with 20 starts to her name. She has four career goals, having scored one goal every season of her four-year career. McGrath has also added seven ground balls and four caused turnovers in her career. Colleen is known on the team for being a great teammate and always making people smile with her sense of humor. She will always be remembered for her dedication and commitment to bettering the Bryn Mawr lacrosse program. In addition, Colleen is a history major and also made the time to do some volunteer work with the Philadelphia Classical Society, as well as working for the Bryn Mawr athletic department as an event worker. She hopes to pursue a law degree somewhere in New England in the near future. Colleen will be missed by her teammates and the coaching and athletics staff, who would like to thank her for her on- and off-field contributions to the Bryn Mawr community.
Despite the shortened spring season, 2020 proved to be a record-setting campaign for the Owls in numerous ways. Under the impactful leadership and participation of both of these seniors, the Owls have transitioned from a 1-14 record back in 2017 to the best start in program history in 2020. Bryn Mawr went 6-0 on the spring, and did so in impressive fashion, outscoring opponents 108-28 on the season. Five different players - Sloan Johnson, Kylie Woo, Rebecca Long, Meghan O'Shea, and Isabel Shin - each registered double-digit goal totals across the six-game span. Not only was the 6-0 record their best start to a season; it is also the longest winning streak in program history.
With the final spring statistics tallied, the Owls finished the season fifth in the country in scoring margin and seventh in scoring defense. By the end of the spring, the Owls were just one of 35 NCAA Division III programs who remained undefeated. Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Calloway ranked 16th nationally in goals against average, and first-year midfielder Sloan Johnson ranked 27th nationally in free position percentage.
The Owls also made some other noise in the record books. Kylie Woo moved into the top ten in program history for career draw controls, with 89 now to her name. Woo and Sierra Hamilton are also now tied for eighth all-time in Owls history with three career game-winning goals apiece. Woo is now sixth all-time in free position goals with 14, while Isabel Shin (12) and Hamilton (11) are also among the top ten in that category in program history. Jessica Calloway is now fifth all-time in goals against average and eighth all-time in saves per game at Bryn Mawr. She is also third in career wins with a total of ten after just two years at Bryn Mawr. With her six wins in 2020, Calloway tied the program record for most wins in a single season.
Jenna Van Holten vaulted up the record books thanks to her 16 draw controls in the Owls' 20-4 victory over Rosemont on March 4th. That is the most draw controls in a game by a single player in program history, four higher than the next-closest mark. Meghan O'Shea, Isabel Shin, and Rebecca Long each posted four-assist games in 2020, putting the trio into a tied for second for most assists in a single game in program history.
As a team, the Owls set numerous single-game records as well. In Bryn Mawr's win over Cedar Crest, the Owls tied a program record with 33 points in the contest, matching a mark set last year and in 2011 as well. The Owls also recorded games with 29, 28, and 28 points during the spring, all top-ten performances in program history. Their 20 goals each against Cedar Crest and Rosemont are tied for third most in a single game in recorded program history. Their 13 assists against Cedar Crest and 49 shots against Wilkes are also single game records.