UMass-Lowell wins fourth in row
No. 3 River Hawks scored three times in seven minutes
No. 3 Massachusets-Lowell ran its winning streak to four games with a 6-1 victory against Franklin Pierce on Wednesday night at Cushing Field. Sophomore Rachel McCarthy shined with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in the win.
The River Hawks improved to 4-1 overall, while dropping the Ravens to 2-3 on the season. The final score is a mirror image of the last meeting between the clubs on Oct. 29, 2010.
"I thought we played really well," said head coach Shannon Hlebichuk. "We came out a little bit flat in the beginning, just the first 10-15 minutes to get our legs underneath us. Once we sort of turned it on, the goals kept falling."
UMass-Lowell started the scoring early as McCarthy converted a penalty stroke in the sixth minute.
The Ravens then clamped down on defense, but eventually wore down late in the half. UMass-Lowell scored three times in a less than seven minutes, beginning in the 26th minute.
McCarthy kicked off the flurry with a laser near the top of the circle. Midfielder Annie Hansbury inadvertently collided with a Franklin Pierce defender, then tapped the loose ball to McCarthy for the score at 26:44.
The River Hawks followed with another tally at 28:27. Janelle DeCamillis picked up a turnover in the Franklin Pierce zone and slid the shot past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the year.
The final score of the half came at 33:21 from Kayla Littig. The senior defender buried a rebound during a penalty corner for her second tally of the season.
Already holding a comfortable lead, UMass-Lowell added two more scores in the second half by Ali Ferraro and Cori Trask, sandwiched around a Raven goal from Chanelle Letarte.
Ferraro's goal at 54:39 came from a few feet inside the circle thanks to a nice pass by McCarthy. In the 63rd minute, Trask scored her first goal, executing a one-timer from close range on a centering pass by Kristina Krull.
The River Hawks outshot Franklin Pierce 25-6 and out-cornered the Ravens 10-3. Goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins made three saves to earn her fourth victory of the season. In the opposite net, Franklin Pierce's Brittany Nyzio took the loss, allowing three goals and making four saves. She was replaced in the 28th minute by Rachel Baxter who surrendered three goals and recorded seven saves.