BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr soccer team is just days away from kicking off the preseason, and they are excited to welcome some new faces to the squad ahead of a packed 2017 schedule. In addition to plenty of returners from a successful 2016 campaign, the Owls bring in five fresh faces in the class of 2021.
Season one under Owls first-year head coach Paul Stinson can only be classed as a success. Stinson and Bryn Mawr made great strides in building a solid foundation for the future with some great results in 2016, including a 2-1 win over 2015 NCAA tournament team Cabrini and a hard-fought draw against Goucher. The Owls also ended the year with a resounding 4-0 victory over John Jay. That success carried over into the preseason this past spring, where the Owls offense caught fire en route to scoring 14 goals in three scrimmages.
The road gets a little bit more challenging in 2017, as Bryn Mawr will play five more games than they did last season, but the Owls are certainly looking forward to the test. It all starts on Friday, September 1st when the team hits the road for a return trip to Cabrini. In fact, Bryn Mawr's first five games all come on the road, and the team only has one home game on the slate in September. Other games for the Owls include trips to Moravian, Lehman, and Widener before opening the Centennial Conference portion of the season at Johns Hopkins. Bryn Mawr soccer fans' first chance to catch the Owls at home comes on Tuesday, September 26th when the team hosts Washington College for a league game at 4:00 PM. In October, the Owls will also welcome McDaniel, Dickinson, and Haverford to campus before closing out the season on Saturday, September 28th for a Homecoming game against Ursinus.
Incoming First-Year Class
"The Class of 2021 brings good versatility and talent across all four lines of the team," states Bryn Mawr head coach Paul Stinson. "We add solid goalkeeping experience and athleticism with both Kinsey (Schwab) and Carlie (Hansen), a terrific winger in Izzy (Finkler), a calm and thoughtful central midfielder in Delphine (McCann), and a hard-working and reliable defender in Anya (Capps)."
"With only one senior and two juniors in this year's squad, we'll be very young once more," Stinson continued, "And with a month of September which will see us playing on Applebee Field just once, these young players will endure some significant trials adjusting to the college game. But that means they'll be well-tested in future years, and we see a bright horizon ahead for this team!"
Kinsey Schwab - Stafford, Va. / St. John Paul the Great
|Izzy Finkler - Springfield, Va. / Lake Braddock Secondary
Why Bryn Mawr?: "I chose Bryn Mawr because I will be in a challenging and empowering academic environment, and I get to continue playing the sport I love at the next level, and that's the ultimate goal."
|Carlie Hansen - Chicago, Ill. / Northside College Prep
Why Bryn Mawr?: "I chose Bryn Mawr for the excellent academics, tight-knit and supportive community, and of course for the opportunity to continue my participation and development in soccer, a sport I love immensely. I am excited to become a part of the student-athlete community and look forward to what the soccer season and school year bring."
|Delphine McCann - Hoboken, N.J. / The Hudson School
Why Bryn Mawr?: "I chose BMC because of the amazing opportunities it provides. The consortium and location allow me to learn and take classes that I wouldn't have access to at any other school. Finally, I chose Bryn Mawr so that I can play varsity soccer. I look forward to playing on the team, and I am very excited to play alongside many other hard-working women and becoming a better soccer player because of them."
|Anya Capps - Elkins Park, Pa. / Cheltenham
Why Bryn Mawr?: "Bryn Mawr offers a unique education with a wide array of opportunities, but if I had to pick two things, I would say that its Child and Family Studies program and the chance to play soccer ultimately sold me on this college. As a transfer student, I already know the type of school that doesn't fit me. Once I knew I would be transferring, I thought about what I really wanted and what I really loved, and this led me to Bryn Mawr. I am so excited to spend the next three years studying at such an incredible college and exploring everything that Bryn Mawr has to offer."