River Hawks Tilt vs. Iona Pushed to Sunday

Sunday, March 5 vs. Iona (1 p.m.)
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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.

Scouting Iona
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.

Series History
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.

Austin Burton (’18 LSM/Defense) Commits to Bridgewater College!

A big congrats to Austin Burton for committing to play college lacrosse at Bridgewater College! Austin is currently a junior at Parkville Senior High School, where he was recently named Second Team All County LSM in 2016, and also plays for the MD Wolfpack club team. Other schools that he considered were Immaculata, Arcadia, and Messiah, but he says the coaches and family atmosphere are what convinced him to play for the Eagles. Austin believes there is a bright future for the Bridgewater lacrosse program and is excited to be a part of competing for the ODAC Championship! Lastly, he would like to thank all of his coaches and his family, especially his mom, for all of their support throughout the years.

Keep Fighting Every Day

Gunnar Miller a lacrosse player for Army sat out most of the 2016 season due to a heart condition called myopericarditis. When you think of the stories you’ve heard of players dying on the filed for court, well this is exactly what most of them faced. Miller was devastated when he found out just how serious myopericarditis could be. Myopericarditis is caused by a virus that causes inflammation of a sac-like membrane that wraps around the heart. The conditions can be life threatening that even light jogging could accelerate his heartbeat and be very fatal to his health. Sometimes this heart condition can go untreated and will eventually go away over time but due to Miller being a competitive athlete his case was much more severe and needed immediate attention. This virus is treatable sometimes my surgery or medication, but in Miller’s case he needed medication. It couldtake up to 3-6 months or even longer before Miller would see the lacrosse field again. Although Miller was devastated with the results he never gave up he keep fighting. Miller went practice every day, watched film, gave advice to midfielders, and helped with Continue reading…

River Hawks take down Siena, 18-13 in First Win of Season

LOWELL, Mass. —
Junior attackman Sean Tyrrell (Calgary, Alta.) and junior midfielder Keenan Koswin (Winnipeg, Man.) each posted a career-high five points to lead the UMass Lowell Men’s Lacrosse team to a 18-13 victory against Siena on Saturday afternoon at Cushing Field Complex.

The River Hawks, who improved to 1-2 overall on the season, set a Div. I program record with 18 goals in the contest, shattering the previous record of 12 which happened on two occasions last season. Siena drops to 0-4 overall with the loss. It marks the first win for the River Hawks against Siena in three all-time meetings.

“I thought the game started out pretty slow, Siena is a well coached team, they are very potent offensively,” said Head Coach Ed Stephenson. “I really respect that the guys gathered themselves in the second half and sometimes it takes a couple guys to get the momentum going, I thought our faceoff crew really got the momentum going in the second half.”

Koswin’s hat trick was the first of his career, while Tyrrell recorded two goals and three assists. Tyrrell, Austin Lane (Aurora, Ont.), Sam Klingsporn (Aloha, Ore.) and Jon

Phillips (Delta, B.C.) all registered a team-high five shots.

Siena led at halftime, 6-4, but UMass Lowell went on to score 14 second-half goals to seal the victory for the River Hawks. UMass Lowell amassed 43 shots in the game with 30 of them coming in the second half of action.

Freshman Brett Dattilo (Derry, N.H.) had an impressive day, tallying his first career goal in the fourth quarter,  winning 23 of 33 (70%) faceoffs and posting a team-high ni

ne groundballs. Sophomore goaltender Grant Lardieri (Ada, Mich.) tallied a career-high and school record 19 saves, which included 11 second-half stops against Siena. Lardieri’s previous career-high was 17 saves, which he set last week against Harvard.

The River Hawks went 2-for-5 on man up opportunities.

Siena’s Chris Robertson totaled a game-high five goals in the losing effort for the Saints. Aaron Lewis made 12 saves, allowing 18 goals for Siena.

UMass Lowell returns to action on Tuesday, February 28th against Fairfield. Game time from Cushing Field Complex in Lowell, Mass. is 3 p.m.

River Hawks Falter at Boston University, 12-7

BOSTON, Mass. – Junior attacker Austin Trasatti (Doylestown, Pa.) put together a career-high three points (2g,1a), but it wasn’t enough as the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team (0-2) was nipped by Boston University (1-1), 12-7, Saturday afternoon.

Offensively, the River Hawks were aided by sophomore attacker Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.), who recorded her second consecutive hat trick, and Trasatti’s career-high two goals and one assist. The duo accounted for six of the teams eight points in the contest, playing a hand in every UMass Lowell goal except two.

“Overall, we are pleased with both the effort and energy today,” said Head Coach Carissa Medeiros. “We struggled with executing fundamentals and that directly impacted the game, particularly in the second half. We made a number of mental errors that Boston University capitalized on and we struggled to climb out of a hole that we dug for ourselves. Looking forward to getting down to basics this week and work on limiting unforced errors and improving our awareness.”

Despite two quick tallies by the Terriers in the opening minutes, the River Hawks would string together three consecutive goals for a 3-2 lead at 14:47. Dudley gave the squad their first two scores of the game, tying the contest at 2-2, before junior midfielder Kaylan DiModugno (Deer Park, N.Y.) notched her first tally of the season to grab the early lead.

Boston University would later tie the game at 3-3, but with three goals in the final minutes of play, the River Hawks would carry a 6-5 edge at the half. Junior goalkeeper Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) denied eight shots as the River Hawks carried their first lead of the season after 20 minutes of play.

The home team began the second frame on a 4-0 run, to jump out to an 8-6 lead with 24:13 remaining. Dudley’s third goal of the contest cut the deficit to one, 8-7, but the home team would later add on to a lead they would fail to relinquish.

The Terriers six-goal performance in the final half was enough to complete the comeback for Boston University.

Junior defenseman Sheila Nolan (Massapequa, N.Y.) picked up a team-high two caused turnovers, while sophomore midfielder Kristina Keith (East Kingston, N.H.) scooped up team highs in ground balls (3) and draw controls (4) in the bout. Barrett finished the day with a season-high 15 saves.

UMass Lowell in back in action on Saturday, March 4 when the team entertains Iona in a 1 p.m. matinee.

River Hawks Head to Boston University For First Road Tilt

Saturday, February 25 at Boston University (1 p.m.)
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LOWELL, Mass. – The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team will head to Boston for its first road tilt of the season on Saturday, February 25, for a 1 p.m. matinee at Boston University.

River Hawk Rewind
UMass Lowell (0-1) was recently clipped by Dartmouth (1-0), 11-9, last weekend in the squads’ season opener at Wicked Blue Field. Attacker Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) and midfielder Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) paced the offense with three points apiece, while the team collectively tied a program-high six assists in the outing.

Leading The Flock
Offensively, Jane Dudley and Kendyl Finelli are leading the team with three points apiece. Dudley is posting a team-best three goals from the front line, while Finelli is dishing out a team-high three assists thus fur. So far this season, UMass Lowell has recorded eight different point scorers, five 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 four groundballs, while defenseman Megan Albertsen (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) is leading the way with two caused turnovers. Between the pipes, Barrett has denied 11 shots, while boasting a .500 goals against average.

Scouting Boston University
The Terriers are currently 0-1 after falling to No. 13/17 Boston College, 13-11, on Feb. 15. Elisabeth Jayne and Avery Donahoe are tallying three goals apiece, while Jayne’s five points are leading the team. Jayne is also scooping up a team-best two groundballs, while Donahoe sits second in both points (4) and draw controls (2). In net, Caroline Meegan has stopped 17 shots, while posting a .567 goals against average.

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.

Series History
Saturday’s match marks the first meeting between the two squads in the sport of women’s lacrosse.

KateReagan Costello (’19 Attack) Commits to Winthrop University

Congratulations to KateReagan Costello from Gulf Breeze High School on committing to play Division 1 Lacrosse at Winthrop University! Read a little bit more about her below:

Why did you choose this college?
The coaches were amazing! Team is something special I can not wait to get there!

What other colleges did you consider?
Ohio State, St. Joe, Highpoint , Catholic University

Lacrosse honors:
All District team, Lead team in assists,

Academic honors:
Student Government History fair winner

KateReagan would like to thank her family, coaches and her teammates for their support and guidance throughout her lacrosse career!

River Hawks Second Half Comeback Spoiled, 11-9 By Dartmouth

LOWELL, Mass. – Although the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team (0-1) erased a five-goal, second half deficit, the team’s comeback was spoiled, as Dartmouth (1-0) earned an 11-9 victory in the River Hawks season opener.

After trailing 8-3 for 32 minutes of play, UMass Lowell tallied four consecutive goals to cut the score to 8-7 with 20:44 left in the contest. After a Dartmouth goal and back-to-back goals by sophomores Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) and Kristina Keith (East Kingston, N.H.), the River Hawks were able to knot the score, 9-9, with 12 minutes to play. With time winding down, the Big Green’s Courtney Weisse, who notched a game-high five goals, and Elizabeth Mastrio netted two late pivotal scores to help secure the 11-9 outcome.

“I am very pleased with today,” said Head Coach Carissa Medeiros. “This is a great season opener for us, and the best season opener we have had as a program. We opened up against Dartmouth last year, at Dartmouth, and that had a significantly different turnout. We focused on everything we said we were going to. We had goals of maintaining high energy and controlling the controllable and we did that. Also we managed the ball on offensive better than we ever had.”

Offensively, the River Hawks were led by Dudley and sophomore Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) who posted a career high three goals and four assists, respectively. UMass Lowell matched a program best six assists in the contest, while seven players recorded points on the day.

The two teams traded goals early, as the scored was knotted 2-2 at 21:23 in the first. Dudley broke open the scoring for the season, tacking on the squads first goal just three minutes into the game.

After Dartmouth tied the score, 2-2, the visitors strung together a six-goal run, giving the Big Green their largest advantage of the game, 7-2. With nearly four seconds remaining in the first, sophomore Rebeca Idson (East Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) was able to get one back for the River Hawks as they trailed by four, 7-3, entering halftime.

UMass Lowell took control early in the second half, scoring four consecutive goals in the first ten minutes. Junior Taylor Sokol (Hopkinton, Mass) chipped in with two goals, before Dudley and Keith added a goal apiece, bringing their team within one, 8-7, with 20 minutes to play.

Dartmouth attempted to pull away, firing a free position goal past junior Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) for a 9-7 differential, but failed to maintain its lead as the River Hawks evened the score once more with a pair of timely goals. Dudley and Keith provided their third and second goals, respectively, of the tilt to deadlock the contest, 9-9, with just over 10 minutes on the clock.

Down the stretch, UMass Lowell fought hard but the Big Green found a way to lace two more markers as they grinded out the 11-9 victory.

Barrett rejected 11 shots in the outing, while her counterparts combined for 10 saves in the bout.

UMass Lowell is back in action on Saturday, February 4 for a 1 p.m. matinee at instate foe Boston University.

River Hawks Look To Accomplish New Goals In 2017

The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team has its sights set on new goals, as the third year program looks to make its biggest leap entering 2017. Head Coach Carissa Medeiros is excited to see her squad build on a positive and productive fall campaign, as the River Hawks open the new season on Saturday, February 18 at Wicked Blue Field.

“All kinds of great things have happened in the offseason. We have two new coaches who are really helping us elevate the program by bringing a ton of legit Division I experience and I think our girls are taking to it really nicely,” said Medeiros. “Our effort is the best its ever been, our energy is the best its ever been and our skill level is sharpening up faster than I expected it to. We have a solid core group of kids that are really getting it and consistently practicing at a high level and high intensity while having a lot more fun.”

When it comes to team and season goals in year three, the squad is shifting its focus to the process rather than the outcome, keeping high levels of energy and effort and playing a complete 60 minute game.

“Last year we were too focused on the wins and losses and what could have been rather than the little steps it takes to win,” explained Medeiros. “Whether or not we complete our goals is how we will be able to measure our success.”

This season, senior Kristy Robertson, juniors Courtney Barrett and Shelia Nolan, and sophomore Jane Dudley have been named team captains. Alongside the foursome, Medeiros is also seeking leadership from her 10 upperclassmen, all who played in the inaugural season for the River Hawks.

“This is the first year we have had an entire class worth of upperclassmen and they are doing a great job of taking the leadership component seriously,” said Medeiros. “That is something we have lacked in the past, not because we didn’t have leaders, but because we haven’t had a class with years behind them. This year we have kids with leadership skills along with the actual number of years experience.”

The team welcomes eight newcomers for the upcoming campaign to round out the 29-person roster. Though the program is welcoming a large young class, Coach Medeiros’ returners have led by example.

“We’ve got a good core group of kids who are really showing what it takes to be competitive on the field every single day, and that has gotten us to the point where we are now quicker than we have in years past.”

With this season seeing its first full class of upperclassmen, Coach Medeiros feels the chemistry on and off the field her first recruiting class has built will provide an edge for the underdogs.

“I am really excited about having a solid junior class where some players have been starting and playing for three years solid,” remarked Medeiros. “That is a little different than what you will see at some other established programs where you have juniors who are just getting their opportunity to start for the first time. I think having a group of girls who have played a lot of minutes for a long time will pay off for us over the course of the season.”

UMass Lowell is returning 21 letterwinners, and the majority of their 2016 starters, including junior goalkeeper Courtney Barrett, who was ranked first in the nation in ground balls (76) and ground balls per game with (4.47), and fourth in saves per game (10.41). Her 177 saves this year ranks first in the conference, while her .452 save percentage was fifth among America East goalkeepers. Barrett led the River Hawks in ground balls and caused turnovers (15), in addition to setting a program record of 17 saves against UMBC on April 2.

Junior Taylor Sokol (Hopkington, Mass.) had a major hand in the River Hawks scoring, as the attack notched team highs in points and assists with 23 and eight, respectively. Sokol tied a program record last season when she posted five points (3g, 2a) in a single contest, while being one of six players to start in all 17 games.

Sophomore midfielder Kristina Keith (Exeter, N.H.) will look to contribute to the scoring again in 2017, after her six free position goals were tied for a team best with junior attack Kaylan DiModugno (Deer Park, N.Y.). The duo tallied 15 and 10 points respectively, while Keith’s 18 draw controls were a third best for the squad.

This spring’s slate, which features 17 contests, will once again be ranked among the toughest schedules of all young programs. The River Hawks are set to square off against 2016 NCAA Tournament team Stony Brook on April 29, in addition to 2015 tournament participants Bryant (3.29) and UAlbany (4.8).

“We are always trying to get as competitive of a schedule as we can. I am a firm believer in not being able to grow unless you play the best of the best, but we also recognize the importance of having games that are closer to our competition level,” said Medeiros.

Medeiros has arranged for her squad to battle against a handful of new opponents this spring, as the unit is slated to face challengers from four different leagues during the non-conference portion of 2017.

“Overall we have a good mix of really competitive Top 30 and Top 40 programs, some perennial teams that are fighting for NCAA spots, while playing some teams that are equal to the trajectory that we are on,” she concluded.

UMass Lowell will host eight games in front of River Hawk Nation, including a three-game home stand, featuring Quinnipiac (3.22), LIU Brooklyn and Bryant.