BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The heat and humidity were overbearing on Applebee Field earlier Thursday afternoon - which would also be a good description of the Bryn Mawr field hockey team's offensive attack on the day. The Owls got off to a slow start in their contest against Immaculata, but roared back with a dominant second half, scoring four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 victory over the Mighty Macs. The young talent of this year's team shone through today, as four different players scored for the Owls, all of them first-years or sophomores. Logan Wallace Wood made several key stops in the cage for the Owls to keep the game close when they trailed, giving Bryn Mawr time to stage their second-half comeback. Immaculata went ahead early on with a goal 20 minutes into the game, but couldn't make their lead stick under the relentless second-half pressure by the Owls.
Immaculata certainly had the better of the play early on, as the Mighty Macs got a good look at the goal just over six minutes into the contest. After earning a penalty corner, Immaculata got a shot off inside the circle, but Wood made an impressive save to kick the ball away and keep the Mighty Macs off the board. Just a couple minutes later, Bryn Mawr earned their first chance of the game. Zaynah Moen ripped a shot on cage that was saved, but the Owls earned a penalty corner in the process of the play. However, they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity, and the game remained scoreless.
The pressure and possession by the Mighty Macs paid off nearly 20 minutes into the game, as the visitors struck with the first goal of the contest. Colleen Bradley took the ball into the circle on the right side and centered a ball across the mouth of the cage, where Jackie Wood managed to get her stick on the pass and deflect the shot into the net.
Bryn Mawr did a solid job of doubling their efforts after that early setback. The Owls outshot their opponents 2-1 and earned three penalty corners over the remainder of the half, but despite that, the teams went into halftime with Immaculata still holding a 1-0 lead. That would change less than five minutes into the second half. Already on their second penalty corner of the second half, the Owls inserted the ball to Emma Hicks at the top of the circle. Hicks ripped a shot on cage that was past Immaculata goaltender Jackie Victor, but Mighty Macs defender Makenze Sassaman stepped in front to make a dramatic defensive save. The relief was only momentary for the Mighty Macs, as Bryn Mawr first-year Ryann McManus pounced on the loose ball and put it straight into the back of the cage to tie the game up at 1-1.
That goal seemed to give Bryn Mawr all the momentum over the rest of the half. The Owls tallied two more shots and five more penalty corners over the next 15 minutes, and it was the fifth penalty corner that proved decisive. Once again the Owls put the ball up top to Emma Hicks. The senior defender did a great job of pausing momentarily to draw a Mighty Mac defender out her way, then slotted a beautiful pass to her left. There waiting was Rebecca Britt, and the talented sophomore made no mistake, controlling the pass and then firing a rocket into the back of the cage to put the Owls ahead 2-1.
Bryn Mawr would keep the pressure on and find their first insurance goal just over four minutes later. This time it was Zaynah Moen who benefited from Bryn Mawr's pressure inside the circle, taking a pass from the right side from McManus and knocking it into the cage to give Bryn Mawr a 3-1 advantage. The hosts closed out the scoring ten minutes later, with first-year forward Emily Cook tallying her first career goal thanks to a feed from Emily Britt on a broken play in front of the cage. When the dust finally settled on the second half, Immaculata was stunned. The Owls outshot their opponents 10-2 and out-cornered them 9-0 in the frame, an effort that allowed Bryn Mawr to pick up their first win over the Mighty Macs since 2004.
The win gives Bryn Mawr their second consecutive 2-0 start to a season. The Owls will look to make it 3-0, a feat they have not accomplished since 2012, when they travel to Hood on Saturday to take on the Blazers. Gametime in Frederick is slated for 3:00 PM on Saturday.