UMass-Lowell upends Assumption
McCarthy scores career-high four goals for River Hawks
LOWELL, Mass. -- UMass Lowell tied the program record with 10 goals in a shutout victory against Assumption at Cushing Field on Sunday. Sophomore Rachel McCarthy scored a career-high four goals in the 10-0 victory.
The single-game record for goals was originally set in 1979, but was tied twice last season. The River Hawks improve to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in Northeast-10 play, while the Greyhounds' struggles continue as they fall to 1-7 on the season and 1-3 in conference action.
For the second time this weekend, UMass Lowell scored six times in the first half to pull away from its opponent early.
The River Hawks hit the ground running, scoring their first goal at 1:12 into play. On a corner play, senior Sarah Wilcox's shot was saved, but classmate Abby Auld knocked in the rebound to assume a 1-0 lead.
The action kept up as McCarthy scored her ninth goal of the year at 3:30. McCarthy delivered the penalty corner to senior Annie Hansbury, who sent the pass back low to McCarthy for the goal.
Kayla Littig then followed suit at 9:17, scoring her fourth of the season. The senior defender carried the ball into the circle and down to the left side, and then smacked a back-hander between the goalkeeper's legs to push the lead to three.
As the momentum began to snowball, Auld scored her second of the game at 18:46. Much like her first goal, Wilcox put a shot on net that was saved and Auld was there for the rebound score.
The River Hawks picked up two more tallies as the half wound down. The first came as McCarthy entered the circle on the far side and fired a shot into the fray that hit a defender's stick and deflected into the mesh at 23:40.
Sophomore Ali Ferraro closed out the half with her seventh score of the season. The speedy forward carried the ball from half field, all the way into the circle where she launched a shot that zipped past the goalkeeper on the far side.
The scoring frenzy slowed down to open play in the second half as the game yielded nothing for the first 20 minutes. McCarthy broke that silence with a successful penalty shot at 55:04 to give her back-to-back hat tricks, recording the first of her career on Friday against Lindenwood.
McCarthy struck again in the 59th minute, slipping a shot under the goalkeeper for her fourth of the game and 12th of the season.
Leading 8-0, UMass Lowell's offense took a balanced approach over the final 10 minutes. Freshman Kristina Krull scored her second career goal at 64:32, tipping Auld's shot into traffic.
Finally, the River Hawks last tally of the day came off of the stick of sophomore Janelle DeCamillis at 68:05. On a penalty corner, McCarthy ripped a shot to the left and DeCamillis slide underneath the defense for the tip.
For the day, sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins recorded her third shutout of the season, but did not make a save as UMass Lowell's defense held Assumption to one wide attempt. The win improved Hopkins' record to 8-1 overall.
The Greyhounds used a pair of goalkeepers, Kristen Manchester and Heather Philbrick . Manchester got the start and made 18 saves while allowing seven goals. She was relieved in the 58th minute by Philbrick who stopped three-of-six shots.
For the weekend, McCarthy scored seven goals and two assists for an astounding 16 points. She now leads the NE-10 with 31 points overall.