Strong second half sends Bryn Mawr past archrival Roland Park in field hockey

After emerging from a frustrating first half, Bryn Mawr's offense took charge in the final 20 minutes of a satisfying 2-0 victory over archrival Roland Park Country School on Thursday afternoon in Roland Park.

Senior Tate DeWeese finally broke through with 20:50 remaining in the contest, redirecting a shot by classmate Caroline Joy 10 minutes before sophomore Julia Feiss converted a feed from junior Rachel Park to complete the scoring in the opener for both teams.

Bryn Mawr also had the better of the play early, producing six shots that were all turned away by freshman goalie Nora Feinberg (9 saves). The Mawrtians were also denied on all six penalty corners before the intermission.

"It was definitely frustrating," said Bryn Mawr senior Molly Danko, whose hard work along the sideline to maintain possession led to a goal. "Roland Park played a great game and defended their end well. We're just really happy to get the win."

Roland Park coach Liza MacLaren, whose team hosts Fallston, Severna Park, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes and Westminster at the Sally E. Nyborg tournament on Saturday, praised her defense for  keeping the Mawrtians in check for nearly 40 minutes.

Considering it was senior Haley Hauser's first game on the backline after previously being a forward, the coach had reasons to be happy.

Midfielders Emma Guarino and Meredith Kuser were part of the unit that also includes freshman back Emily Roebuck for the Reds.

"I have a lot of faith in this team," said MacLaren, who shares coaching duties with Cindy Tindall.

Junior midfielder Natalie Faust was an offensive threat for Roland Park, barely missing a long drive that could have tied the score after the Mawrtians notched their first goal.

Bryn Mawr, though, produced a slew of scoring opportunities — and seven more corners — once its offense got rolling.

While unable to cash in on the corners, the Mawrtians still put a ton of pressure on the Reds.

"We're confident in who we have taking corners," Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzick said. "We see more coming from them in the future. The hustle was there. We just missed connecting."

Senior goalie Claire Edelman only had to make three saves in the contest, mainly because defenders such as junior Sophie Freeman and seniors  Stuart Ferrell, Annabelle Bacon and Joy helped limit Roland Park's dangerous opportunities to a scant few.


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