Bryn Mawr's field hockey team controlled everything but th final score in yesterday's AIS A Division battle with Maryvale.
The Mawrtians dominated at least three-quarters of the game and held host Maryvale to one shot on goal, but the game ended in a scoreless tie. Teams in the Association of Independent Schools do not play overtime during the regular season.
"It is frustrating," said Bryn Mawr midfielder Kory Taylor. "We need to get the ball in the cage. There's nothing else to it. We need to focus on being together and working as a unit, not bashing it downfield and hoping someone else will hit it in."
The Mawrtians (2-1-1, 0-1-1) had no trouble moving into the scoring circle with midfielders Taylor, Amy McCormick and Dabney Varner pushing the ball up. There were several beautiful crossing passes and a half-dozen long passes out of the defense, but no one could get a stick on any of them.
Statistically, Bryn Mawr dominated Maryvale (0-1-1, 0-0-1) with nine corners and 10 shots.
"It's been that way all season. We've had tons of corners, but we haven't been able to put the ball in," said Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik. "We're working a lot on reaction time. That's going to be the key this season -- just doing everything a little bit quicker."
Bryn Mawr, which shared the AIS A Division championship with Roland Park two years ago, had two good chances to score midway through the first half. Taylor sent a perfect crossing pass in front of the goal, but Lions keeper Sarah Masaschi cleared the ball before any of the Mawrtians could reach it.
A couple of minutes later, Taylor took a strong shot on a corner pass from Maren Levinson, but Masaschi saved that one.
The Mawrtians' best chance to score came with 6:20 left in the game. Masaschi stepped out to clear the ball, but the ball went to left wing Levinson at close range. Levinson had room to shoot into the right corner of the cage. But she couldn't get the proper angle and hit Masaschi with her shot.
On the other end of the field, the Mawrtians showed off a sound veteran defense. Halfbacks Ingrid Brody, Hillary Keyser, Kate Spies and sweeper Maggie Buck let the ball get to keeper Kris Garro once. Garro didn't have to make a save and she cleared the ball only once.
The busy Lions defense also had some strong performances, especially from center halfback Beth Oertel and keeper Masaschi, who tallied eight saves.
"This is kind of a moral victory for us," said Oertel, whose Maryvale squad has never won an AIS field hockey title. "I think from here on, it's all pretty much uphill."
Lions coach Teddi Willis said her defense played with an intensity she hadn't seen in their season opener, a 2-1 loss to Seton Keough. But the offense, with two starting sophomores, remains a bit timid.
"We play pretty well up to the circle and then who wants to shoot? Apparently nobody," Willis said. "One shot is not going to turn into a goal, and you can't win without one."