A trio of McDonogh defenders team up to knock down Bryn Mawr's… (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore…)
While some Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland rivals may be intimidated by simply being on the same field with No. 1 and unbeaten McDonogh, Bryn Mawr isn't one of them.
The No. 3 Mawrtians stayed with the Eagles for most of their A Conference clash before falling, 11-9, on Tuesday afternoon.
Bryn Mawr junior goalie Molly Wolf continued her hot streak by racking up 13 saves, the last of which led to senior Morgan Rubin's free-position goal with 2:09 remaining to make the score 10-9 and bring the hosts to within a goal of tying the score for the first time since late in the first half.
However, after McDonogh junior midfielder Taylor Cummings snared the ensuing draw, Wolf left the goal circle to become a defender and freshman Megan Whittle whipped in the final goal with 1:16 left to secure the victory for the Eagles (12-0).
"I'm thrilled with the way we competed," said Kim Simons, Bryn Mawr's co-coach with Wendy Kridel. "This team is a little bit special, and not our usual [style]. I usually like a controlled offense team that values possessions."
Bryn Mawr (11-2) was more prone to pushing the ball in transition when it could elude the hard-riding Eagles, who are adept at forcing rivals to make difficult passes and catches.
"Some teams throw the ball out of bounds or drop it when we put pressure on them," McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. "But they made some nice plays. They handled the ball very well today."
Northwestern-bound senior Brooks Ann Lawler said Bryn Mawr's slides gave the Eagles' offense problems.
"They did seem to be doubling a lot," Lawler said. "They were definitely fired up. They were taking it to us."
As well as the Mawrtians played, their final lead came with 15:52 left in the first half. They tied the score three more times but could never inch ahead despite a game-high four goals by junior midfielder Kassandra Bowling.
"The truth is, we're probably going to have to score more than nine goals to beat them," Simons said. "They have one or two exceptional athletes that you know are going to make plays. You hope you can just beat them with good team defense."