BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team was back in action on Applebee Field on Sunday afternoon to take on New England College. After suffering a tough comeback loss to Immaculata on Thursday night, it appeared getting right back on the bike was just what the doctor ordered for the Owls, as Bryn Mawr used a pair of second-half goals to take a big win over the Pilgrims and move to 3-1 on the young season. Abigail Lua and Mary Cugini each netted their second goals of the season in the effort, while the Owls almost held their opponent entirely shotless for a second time this season.
The Owls controlled this game from the get-go, with Lydia Fisher slotting in Bryn Mawr's first corner of the game just 1:50 into play. Kelly Bergman would tally the Owls' first shot of the game just a few minutes later, but that effort was stopped on a nice effort from Michaela Clark. Just a minute later, following another Owls penalty corner, Clark would be forced into two more strong saves on efforts by Grace Morris and Bergman. As the half went on, Bryn Mawr continued to dominate on the offensive end, as the Owls ultimately racked up 16 shots in the first half alone.
Another big piece of the first half story was New England College's propensity to pick up cards. The Pilgrims saw their first green card just 11:45 into play, and that was followed by three five-minute yellow cards in the first 21:41 of action. One of those was given to Clark for a dangerous play in front of her cage, and then later, the Pilgrims had two other players receive yellows almost exactly a minute apart. Unfortunately, even with that two-player advantage, the Owls were still unable to find that final ball to open the scoring. Ultimately, the Pilgrims cleaned up their play, and the two teams headed into the half still deadlocked at 0-0.
Bryn Mawr's control of the game only increased in the second, with the Owls continuing to pour it on in search of the opener. Finally, the Owls broke through in the 48th minute. After bringing the ball down the right side and into the circle, Bryn Mawr wound up with the ball up top on the stick of Emily Britt. The freshman fired a pass down toward the cage, where Leia Robinson deflected to the right side. Abigail Lua wound up pouncing on the ball, and she spun and let loose a shot that sailed through a few legs, past Clark, and just inside the far post to set off a wild celebration as Bryn Mawr finally took the lead.
The Owls would find a highly-deserved insurance goal just twelve minutes later to seal the deal. Once again Bryn Mawr worked the ball down the right side and into the area, where a pass found Samantha Shaw at a low angle. The freshman fired a shot toward the cage, but Clark was able to close the pads and keep that effort out. However, the rebound bounded straight to the stick of Mary Cugini, a bit higher off the endline on the right. One of the leaders on this young Owls squad, Cugini knew exactly what to do with the ball, firing a rocket past Clark and into the back of the cage to give Bryn Mawr the two goal lead.
Once again, the Owls' team defense in today's effort was something to behold. After not allowing a single shot against in their game against Ramapo earlier this year, Bryn Mawr nearly repeated that same feat earlier today. Ultimately, the Owls allowed just one shot on the entire day, and even that effort did not make it on the cage. When the horn finally sounded, Bryn Mawr closed out the day with a 2-0 victory.
With the win, Bryn Mawr moves to 3-1 so far this season. The Owls will continue their slate of non-conference games this coming week when they host Bryn Athyn. That game will take place at 5:00 PM on Applebee Field.