Facing McDonogh is enough of a daunting task with a full roster. As Bryn Mawr found out on Wednesday afternoon, challenging the powerful Eagles without without two injured starting defenders — senior Kate Walker (Yale University recruit) and junior Caroline Joy — is really asking for trouble.
McDonogh was quick to pounce on Bryn Mawr's depleted backline, jumping out to a 12-2 lead on the way to a convincing 16-8 victory in Owings Mills in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference battle of unbeatens.
Eight McDonogh players scored, including three goals each by Taylor Cummings and Mallory Schonk.
The three-time defending conference champs, forced a running clock with a 10-goal lead for 15:30, an indignity not often forced upon a team of Bryn Mawr's stature.
"I think one of the problems for a lot of the teams is, who to stop, because we hit them from so many different angles," said McDonogh
coach Chris Robinson, whose team is averaging a whopping 18.3 goals per game. "We have so many different players who can score. When you try to stop one person, we have six other who can do the job."
McDonogh (6-0, 5-0) struck early and often, converting its first three shots in the opening 2:47 before Bryn Mawr answered by scoring two of the next three goals to make it 4-2 with 18:24 remaining.
The Eagles then dominated the final 18 minutes of the half, running off eight consecutive goals to put Bryn Mawr (7-1, 5-1) on its heels.
"I thought our performance was pretty poor for most of the game," Bryn Mawr co coach Kim Simons said. "McDonogh is a team that really takes advantage of your mistakes. They did that to us today. We have kept our head about us when we have been up or down. But playing down against them is a certainly not a good game plan, and that's what happened to us."
Robinson said his Eagles played their most intense game since beating nationally-ranked Vero Beach, of, Florida, 15-5, on March 21.
"Bryn Mawr was a big opponent," Robinson explained. "This was a game of two undefeated teams. We were really psyched up. We came out really ready to play."