The top-ranked Bryn Mawr field hockey team faced one of the toughest hurdles -- No. 9 Maryvale -- yesterday in its quest to remain undefeated.
However, the Mawrtians prevailed to remain unbeaten with a 3-0 win over the Lions behind a solid defense and an opportunistic offense.
Rebecca Kiselewich's goal for Bryn Mawr 6 1/2 minutes into the game was all the scoring her team needed against the Lions (5-2).
"Our defense did a nice job of getting the ball out of the circle," Bryn Mawr coach Jeanette Budzik said. "[Maryvale's] stickwork and speed kept us on our toes. It was a fun challenge for us."
The Mawrtians' defense, led by seniors Lee Wheeler, Courtney Shay and Amy Price, consistently took the ball away from the Lions' forwards in one-on-one situations and beat them to the loose balls.
"My defense is pretty seasoned with three seniors," Budzik said. "They've practiced a lot together. This was one of our tougher games with the aggressiveness and speed [Maryvale] had."
On offense, Bryn Mawr (11-0) out-passed its opponent and took advantage of unsettled situations in front of the goal.
The first goal by Kiselewich came off a pass from Miles Whitman, who got the ball in front of the goal and centered it to Kiselewich. The ball found its way through a crowd and past Lions goalie Karie Moore.
Whitman added the second goal at the 21: 18 mark of the second half. s Moore made a save, but the ball deflected right to Whitman, who pushed the shot past the out-of-position Moore.
The final score came on a stroke from Carey Fetting-Smith with 18 minutes remaining in the game. The Lions' Courtney Berry deflected a shot off her leg that the officials said was probably going to go into the goal, so Smith got the free shot.
"I think we played a great game," Maryvale coach Jennie Boyce said. "The score wasn't indicative of the level we played at today."
After losing only one game last year to fellow defending co-champion Roland Park, Bryn Mawr is talking about going undefeated.
"We definitely hope to be," Whitman said. "But we need to be careful and take things one game at a time. We are playing very well, and I'm very excited about or chances."
Said Budzik: "We talk about it [going unbeaten]. It's difficult for any team in any sport to do it because things come up that you can't plan for. We'll work things out as we go and see what happens."