True to its mission, Bryn Mawr steams to 2-0 win over Friends Following Smith's lead, determined Mawrtians have outscored foes, 22-5

Field hockey

October 07, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In each of the past two years, the Bryn Mawr field hockey team has come within a goal of advancing to the Association of Independent Schools title game.

This year, the eighth-ranked Mawrtians have figured out a simple solution to that problem.

Don't lose.

Following yesterday's 2-0 win over host No. 10 Friends, Bryn Mawr is 7-0-1, and has outscored opponents, 22-5.

According to players, the best may still be yet to come.

"We're not losing this season," said senior Kim Smith. "That's one of our goals. We're just on a mission."

Smith, an All-Metro forward, has been doing her part. With her goal and assist yesterday, she now has 11 goals and three assists in her team's first eight games.

Last season, Smith had 10 goals and one assist in 17 contests.

She's even making quite an impression on opponents.

"I just think Kim is the greatest," said Friends coach Carol Samuels. "She [makes big plays] all over the field. She's hard to shut down."

Samuels praised the play of junior Molly O'Connor, who was charged with guarding Smith, but said that other players needed to step to the forefront to help out.

Embroiled in a scoreless tie midway through the second half, the Quakers (3-3-1) found that out first hand, as Smith scored following a flurry in front of the cage with 12: 51 left.

"We didn't get that many shots off in the beginning, so I just wanted to keep shooting it," Smith said.

Minutes later, the Mawrtians increased their lead 2-0 when Smith fed Kate Cole, who fired in a bullet from 10 yards out with 8: 18 to play.

Down by two with time running out, the Quakers could only hope for a repeat of last year's dramatic comeback against Bryn Mawr, when they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie, 2-2. But that thought was clearly on the minds of the Mawrtians, as well.

"We didn't come into this game lightly. They're one of the strongest teams we've played, and you just can't let up on them," said Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik. "We thought they were going to be tough and they were."

The Mawrtians outshot Friends, 16-3, though that wasn't a true indication of the game.

The Quakers had the ball in scoring position numerous times, but time and again had trouble pulling the trigger.

"We're still young and we're still learning," said Samuels. "We did some good stuff out there, but we have to learn to finish."

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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