Bryn Mawr overcomes Fallston

No. 5 Mawrtians get 2nd straight win

Bryn Mawr 1 Fallston 0

field hockey

September 09, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,sun reporter

Bryn Mawr field hockey coach Jeanette Budzik was a little concerned when her No. 5 Mawrtians took the field against No. 3 Fallston yesterday.

Coming off Thursday's emotional win over rival Roland Park, Budzik said she feared the Mawrtians might not have the stamina left to contend with the Cougars.

Early on, it appeared she was right, but that changed late in the half.

At first, the visiting Cougars dominated play, but Bryn Mawr's defense held and Hilary Wilson provided a late first-half goal to give the Mawrtians a 1-0 victory.

"[Fallston was] really hitting us hard and I just think the fact that we played yesterday, they remembered everything they needed to do by keeping their sticks down and just trying to push it out. They just focused on what they needed to do," Budzik said.

The Cougars, who took two shots in the first 40 seconds, moved the ball exceptionally well, keeping it in their attacking end all but a few minutes of the first half. They had two early penalty corners, but Mawrtians midfielder Phoebe McCarthy disrupted both.

The Mawrtians (2-0) scored on the third of their four shots. On a penalty corner, Allie Emala took the initial shot, but it caromed off the stick of Paige Hanson toward the left side, where Wilson was in position.

"When Allie hit it in, I was still running into the circle," Wilson said, "and Paige deflected it sort of up more [toward the goal] and I was there to sweep it in."

The Cougars (0-1) narrowly missed tying the game with 11:45 left on a similar corner play. Kathleen Tress drove the ball toward the left post, but the player on the post was too far in to connect and the ball rolled just wide.

In the final 3:43, Fallston had several opportunities to score. Erika Braerman took two shots off a corner play, but Bryn Mawr goalie Abigail Bisbee stopped both to finish with five saves.

"It was frustrating," said Tress, whose Cougars took eight shots. "[It was] our first game and we were clicking, but we just couldn't get it in the back of the net. [Coach Alice] Puckett said she was happy with what we did. The only thing we needed to improve on is putting the ball in the net."

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