BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College field hockey team made its official debut as the College's 14th NCAA Division III program Friday night on General Ronald K. Nelson Field. The Lions put together a strong debut, but gave up three second-half goals and fell to Immaculata 5-2.
Trailing 2-0 after 23 minutes of play, the Lions (0-1) would settle down and pull even before halftime.
Kyla Rogers (Bryn Athyn, Pa./ANC Girls School) scored the first goal in Lion history at the 29:04 mark to half the deficit to 2-1. After a penalty corner, Rogers found an opening in the arc and delivered a backhand sweep that placed the ball just under the crossbar.
Three minutes later, Payton Boler (Kingston, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) slammed home a penalty stroke for the equalizer.
Immaculata (1-0) scored all three of its second half goals in the opening 11 minutes to pull away for the win. Layne Kennedy put the Mighty Macs back in the lead as she located the ball in a scrum in front of the Lion goal and put it in the back of the net. Megan Donegan scored the final two goals of the match as she ended up with a hat-trick.
Cayla Williams recorded Immaculata's second goal of the evening on a penalty stroke at the 22:33 mark of the first half.
Macey Mitchell (Millsboro, Del./Sussex Technical) recorded 12 saves in the loss for Bryn Athyn—who were outshot 19-4. Randie Kuhar was the winning keeper.
Bryn Athyn squares off against Cedar Crest on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. on Nelson Field.