River Hawks Tilt vs. Iona Pushed to Sunday
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LOWELL, Mass. –The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team is set to entertain Iona in its lone contest of the week beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
River Hawk Rewind
UMass Lowell (0-2) faltered last weekend, 12-7, at Boston University (1-1) in its first road tilt of the season. Offensively, the River Hawks were aided by sophomore attackers Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) and Austin Trasatti (Doylestown, Pa.). Dudley strung together her second consecutive hat trick, while Trasatti’s three-point performance (2g, 1a) marked a career high. The duo accounted for six of the teams eight points in the contest, playing a hand in all UMass Lowell goals except two.
Leading The Flock
So far this season, Jane Dudley is pacing all River Hawks with six points on six goals from the front line. Austin Trasatti and sophomore midfielder Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) are chipping in with four points apiece, as well. UMass Lowell has recorded nine different point scorers, eight of which have found the back of the net at least once this year. Goalkeeper Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) is first on the team with five ground balls, while three River Hawks are forcing a team-high two caused turnovers. Between the pipes, Barrett has denied 26 shots, while boasting a .531 goals against average.
The Gaels recently dropped to 2-3 overall, after suffering a 16-11 loss against Lafayette on March 1. Pamela Giordano is leading all Gaels with 13 points on 13 goals, while teammate Erin Pugh trails closely being with nine points (7g, 2a) thus far. Jenna Tolzmann is causing a team-best nine turnovers, while her 11 ground balls and 14 draw controls rank second. Time in net has been split between Samantha Tyo (1-1) and Shannon McCaffrey (1-2), who are posting 19 and 31 saves, respectively. Tyo is recording a .452 goals against average, while McCaffrey holds a .492 goals against average.
Saturday’s contest marks the second meeting between the two squads in the sport of women’s lacrosse. Iona currently leads the all-time series 1-0 after a 2015 meeting with the River Hawks programs’ inaugural season.
Sharing is Caring
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the River Hawks notched assists on six of the team’s nine goals against Dartmouth. The six helpers tied a program record for UMass Lowell, which was matched twice last season.