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LOWELL, Mass. -- No. 4 UMass-Lowell scored six times in the first half as part of a 9-0 shutout against Lindenwood on Friday afternoon at Cushing Field. Among the goal scorers, sophomore Rachel McCarthy recorded her first collegiate hat trick in the runaway victory.

The River Hawks have now won seven consecutive games and earned their second shutout of the season. The Lions continued to slide, falling to 0-5 overall.

Mere moments after play began, UMass-Lowell raced to a 1-0 lead as McCarthy converted a penalty stroke, placing the shot in the top-right shelf at 1:14.

The advantage grew less than four minutes later on a score by Ali Ferraro. Emily Painten tipped a pass out of reach for the approaching goalkeeper and Ferraro slapped in the shot for her fifth goal of the year.

The River Hawks continued to pressure Lindenwood's defense, creating another goal at 17:07. Ferraro delivered a penalty corner to Annie Hansbury, who then dished to McCarthy for a hard shot through traffic that found the net. UMass-Lowell then scored three more time in less than six minutes, starting in the 28th minute.

Cori Trask began the assault with her first goal of the game, converting a weak-side opportunity after Ferraro drew the goalkeeper wide. Three minutes later, Ferraro scored her second of the day, tipping Sarah Wilcox's shot from the top of the circle. Lastly, Trask scored a second time at 33:53, knocking in a rebound off of Bianca Jones' shot.

At the horn to end the first, UMass-Lowell led 6-0 and held a 13-3 advantage in shots.

While the flood of goals slowed down in the second half, the River Hawks still went to the well three more times.

At 41:20, McCarthy completed her first career hat trick, burying a rebound score after the goalkeeper turned away a shot by Painten.

Just under seven minutes later, senior Kayla Littig joined the fray with her third goal of the season. McCarthy delivered a perfect ball on a penalty corner and Littig unleashed a laser like shot that seared past the defense at 48:05.

Finally, the last River Hawk goal of the day came from freshman Kristina Krull. Jones fired a shot after entering the circle and Krull tipped it by the goalkeeper for her first career tally at 49:11.

On the afternoon, UMass-Lowell outshot the Lions 22-5 and out-cornered their foe 10-2.

The River Hawks' Melanie Hopkins picked up her second shutout of the season, 19th of her career, while making three saves and improving to 7-1 overall. Lindenwood used two goalkeepers: starter Samantha Brown made two saves and allowed five goals, while substitute Julianne Sutton totaled five stops and four goals allowed.