River Hawks Face 10-7 Set Back Against AE Foe New Hampshire
LOWELL, Mass. – With an assist at 18:28 in the first half, sophomore Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) established a new single season program record with her career-high 26th point. Despite her efforts, the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team dropped to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play, after being clipped by New Hampshire (2-10, 2-1 AE) in America East action on Wednesday evening.
Dudley tallied three points (1g, 2a,) en route to her record setting performance, notching her 10th multi-point game of 2017. Additionally, the sophomore’s 14 assists so far this season surpass former River Hawk Jesse Jay for first place in the record books.
Junior goalkeeper Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) racked up 12 saves in the tilt, while pacing the team with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
“Today was a tough one, as we were looking to continue to defend our home turf,” said Head Coach Carissa Medeiros. “We did fairly well in the first half, but let go of some of our controllables in the second half, as some of our continuous mistakes came back to haunt us. New Hampshire did a good job capitalizing on our mistakes, we just have to make sure we can execute our game plan.”
A tightly contested first half swayed in favor of UMass Lowell, who carried a slight, 4-3, edge after 30 minutes of play. New Hampshire later over came two-goal second half deficit thanks to a 6-0 run that provided the Wildcats with a late lead they would fail to relinquish.
Junior attack Austin Trasatti (Doylestown, Pa.) and sophomores Dudley, Rebecca Idson (East Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) netted a goal apiece to contribute to the River Hawks’ the fist half lead. Dudley and Trasatti broke open the scoring with back-to-back goals at 28:53 and 27:47, respectively, before the Wildcats Devon Croke made it a 2-1 contest. Idson later provided her team with a two-goal cushion, 3-1, when she tacked on her 21st goal of the season at 18:28. New Hampshire would soon fight back to knot the game 3-3, but a late goal by Finelli would lift the River Hawks to a 4-3 advantage with 39 seconds remaining.
UMass Lowell managed to grab an early 6-4 edge in the final half, after outscoring their opponents, 2-1, in the opening minutes. The River Hawks were led by Finelli and Trasatti who picked up their second goals of the contest with unassisted scores.
The Wildcats went on to string together six consecutive goals, aiding the themselves to comfortable 9-6 lead. During the run, New Hampshire snagged their first lead of the game, 7-6, on a breakaway by Devan Miller at 14:06.
Junior attack Kaylan DiModugno (Deer Park, N.Y.) looked to give her team a spark when she cut the deficit to 10-7 with 4:15 remaining. DiMudugno spilt a pair of defenders before bringing her team within three, but a New Hampshire defense held strong as they blanked the River Hawks in the final minutes to secure the 10-7 victory.
UMass Lowell is back in action on Saturday, April 8 against conference foe UAlbany. The contest is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Wicked Blue Turf.