BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a hot and humid day on the turf of Applebee Field earlier Wednesday afternoon, but that didn't stop the Bryn Mawr field hockey team from putting on a terrific performance. The Owls hosted Moravian College for a 4:30 PM game, and despite it being a physical, back-and-forth affair, Bryn Mawr ultimately wore down the Greyhounds defense with two second-half goals to win the game. Bailey Turner tallied the game-winner for Bryn Mawr, and Zaynah Moen added a late insurance goal to push the Owls over the top. Maggie Titus made three saves for the Owls in the win, while Ashley Kunsman played a very strong game in the cage for Moravian, making eight saves.
Moravian got the first chance of the game with a penalty corner just three minutes in, but from that point on, Bryn Mawr dominated the next 20 minutes. Turner let the first shot of the game fly, but her effort was blocked. Kelly Bergman got a shot off just a minute later, but Kunsman made a save on that one. Later, Samantha Shaw had a shot go just wide, and then Bergman and Mary Cugini each had shots saved by Kunsman. All of that, plus six penalty corners, came in the first 20 minutes of the game, but the Owls were unable to scratch across a goal on any of those opportunities. The first half evened out from there, with Moravian earning a pair of corners just a few minutes later. Then it was Bryn Mawr's turn again, but Bergman once again had a shot saved. The final chance of the first half came for the Greyhounds, who got a shot off of a penalty corner with just three minutes left. However, Maggie Titus came up big with a solid save on her first chance of the game, shutting down the chance and sending the teams to the halftime break still knotted at 0-0.
The Owls were on the front foot from the start in the second half, earning two penalty corners and seeing another shot saved by Kunsman in the first few minutes of play. However, they would not be denied any longer. Thirteen minutes into the second half, Kelly Bergman took possession of a Moravian turnover and drove down the right side and into the circle. She made it all the way to the endline and cut in towards the goal, drawing Kunsman and several other defenders in her direction. Bergman then fired a perfect pass across the front of the cage, where Turner was waiting all alone. The first-year forward easily slapped the ball into the cage with her stick, sparking a raucous celebration from the Owls.
Moravian immediately took a timeout and looked to put together a response after that opening goal, and it appeared as if they might do just that. Less than a minute after the Owls' goal, the Greyhounds earned a penalty corner, and they were able to get a shot off of that chance. However, Titus once again stood tall, making the save and allowing Bryn Mawr to clear the ball from danger. Titus would make another huge save just minutes later to preserve her shutout, and that proved to be the final Moravian chance of the day. Bryn Mawr would do a great job of "running out the clock", maintaining possession most of the rest of the half and ultimately earning an important insurance goal. On their 16th penalty corner of the game, and with less than a minute to play, Lydia Fisher inserted the ball up top, where Sara Rilatt played a little give-and-go with Emma Hicks. With some space in front of her after her defender went to cover Hicks, Rilatt fired a shot towards the front of the cage. Zaynah Moen was in a perfect spot to redirect that effort, deflecting the ball past Kunsman and inside the left post to give the Owls their 2-0 victory.
With the win, Bryn Mawr ties their win total from last season, with still a full month ahead of them. Last year's win total was the most for Bryn Mawr field hockey since the 1998 campaign, and the Owls will now look to improve upon that even further. They'll have their first chance to do so when they get back in action this weekend. Bryn Mawr will return to Centennial Conference play and help celebrate Homecoming 2018 as they take on Gettysburg on Applebee Field. Gametime on Saturday afternoon is set for 3:30 PM, but make sure to arrive early and get a good seat, as the Owls will be celebrating the career and accomplishments of Bryn Mawr legend Jenepher Shillingford before the game as part of the Homecoming festivities.