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Bryn Mawr Racks Up Fifth-Straight Win to Open Season

Samantha Shaw takes on Hood in the fall of 2019

MAHWAH, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team kept the winning beat going earlier Saturday afternoon in their first road contest of the season. The Owls got out to a strong start against Ramapo with three opening goals and were ultimately able to coast away with a 3-1 win on the day. Samantha Shaw led Bryn Mawr with two goals on the afternoon, while Kelly Bergman scored the opener and Olivia Supron added an assist. Anna Hartzell picked up her second win in as many starts for the Owls, making seven saves on the day including a stop of a penalty stroke. With the win, the Owls move to 5-0 on the year, their best start to a season in program history.

Bergman tallied the opener for the Owls just 6:21 into the contest on the first major play of the game. The junior tallied her third goal of the season in unassisted fashion, putting Bryn Mawr up 1-0. That would be the only scoring chance of the opening period, as Bergman's score came on the lone shot of the frame.

The action ramped up a bit more in the second quarter, starting with several penalty corner chances for the Owls. However, the Roadrunners defense was able to parry away those efforts, and later got their first chance of the game on a penalty corner of their own. Finally, 7:08 into the second quarter, the hosts got a shot on goal, but Hartzell did a fantastic job of making back-to-back saves to keep the Owls in the lead. Impressively, those were the first shots on goal any Bryn Mawr opponent has registered this season; put a different way, the Owls opened the year going 262:08 without allowing a single shot on goal (including the end of the 2018 season, that stretch bumps up to 305 minutes).

Hartzell's saves allowed Bryn Mawr to maintain their advantage, and then later in the quarter, the Owls extended their lead. It was an Owls penalty corner that led to the eventual goal this time, as both Courtney Cutone and Grace Morris registered shots off of the initial corner that were saved. However, the Owls stuck with the play, and eventually Shaw got the ball on her stick and finished for her fifth goal of the year and a 2-0 lead. Ramapo tried to answer, and had a great opportunity to get on the board in the final minutes of the quarter, but Hartzell came up huge in a penalty stroke situation and kept the hosts from scoring.

After halftime, Shaw would come out and double up her tally midway through the third quarter, this time thanks to a feed from Supron. The goal was her sixth of the season, putting her one behind Mary Cugini for the team lead. Ramapo finally scratched a goal across later in the frame, but the Owls held the hosts to just two shots in the final quarter en route to shutting down the Roadrunners the rest of the way and claiming the win.

Despite giving up their first goal of the season today, the Owls became the last team in all of Division III to give up a goal in 2019. Both Muhlenberg and Rhodes, the other two "shutout leaders" going into the day, gave up goals in their games earlier in the afternoon, making Bryn Mawr the last team standing without a goal allowed for a few hours today.

With today's performance, the Owls have scored 25 goals already this season. This is the fastest they have reached that mark since the start of the 2012 campaign, and it is also already tied for tenth-most goals in a season in recorded program history.

Bryn Mawr now gets the upcoming week off to rest and recover from a few nagging injuries before getting back in action a week from today. That contest is set to be a big one, as the Owls take their undefeated record on the road to Baltimore for their first Centennial Conference test. Bryn Mawr will face off against Johns Hopkins on Saturday, with the Owls set to kick off against preseason favorites Hopkins at 12 PM in Baltimore.