From left, Jasmine Bazinet-Phillips, Caroline Doyle, Cecilia… (Towson Times photo by Sarah…)
The Mawrtians are on a mission.
Bryn Mawr's ice hockey team, after finally getting over the hump against The Holton-Arms School of Bethesda in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League finale last winter, won't be satisfied with just one addition to its trophy case.
To that end, the Mawrtians will be able to size up their main MSHL rival when they collide with the Panthers for the first of three encounters Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Patterson Park.
And with a slew of seniors returning for a repeat bid, they are very serious about the chance of its happening.
Yet co-coaches Delbert Adams and Maureen Walsh, Bryn Mawr's headmistress, hardly think it will be an easy road.
"We know Holton always stays strong," Adams said. "They bring in new blood every year."
Senior wing-defender Sam McGee, a North Carolina lacrosse recruit, still savors the hard-fought February triumph over Holton-Arms.
"It was a huge deal to beat them," she said "That was our goal since our freshman year."
Holton-Arms had won the six previous league crowns when Bryn Mawr broke the streak behind Jasmine Bazinet-Phillips' two goals and one each by McGee and Maggie Cashman.
That trio and other standout seniors -- Caroline Doyle, Diana Salsbury, Nancy Swindell, Laney Mann and Cecilia Depman -- won't let a little hard work stand between them and another title.
Four days a week, they hit the Mount Pleasant Ice Arena rink for 6 a.m. practices. On Saturdays, they hone their skating technique, which might be the most difficult 90 minutes of their week.
For McGee, learning one of the game's finer points has been a challenge.
"I'm still working on my slap shot," she said. "It's hard to keep your balance when you're taking it. It takes a lot of practice. I think I've got the wrist shot down, though."
McGee started playing the sport as a freshman, three years after Bazinet-Phillips -- the team's most accomplished performer -- first picked up a stick.
"I think this is the strongest team Bryn Mawr has ever had," said Bazinet-Phillips, headed to Colby College, where she will join Bowdoin College's Jay Greene as the only other former Mawrtian in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
"We're definitely looking forward to getting our championship jackets in the spring."
Adams understands why the team's confidence level is so high.
"We have more depth than we had last year," Adams said. "We have two very strong lines and a third very good one."
He also points to goalie coach Corey Brenner, who is schooling starter Depman and backup Stuart Ferrell.
Despite all their depth and talent, the Mawrtians will need all the help they can get to stay ahead of Holton-Arms.
"I can't imagine us playing Holton without it being a battle," Adams said. "They're very good."