River Hawks Start Season with Shutout Victory
LOWELL -- Senior Torrie Huk netted two goals for four points to lead the UMass Lowell field hockey team to a 3-0 victory against Bryant in the 2018 season opener on Friday at Wicked Blue Field.
The contest not only kicked off the season, but also the inaugural River Hawk Classic. With the decision, the River Hawks advance to the tournament’s championship game on Sunday (2 p.m.) against Hofstra.
“I thought we played a great possession game today,” said UML head coach Shannon Hlebichuk. “We really talked about taking care of the ball and we did a really good job of that in both halves. We created a lot of opportunities and our possession of the ball looked fantastic, so I’m really happy with this start.”
Freshman Grace Davis tallied her first collegiate points with one goal and one assist in the win. Junior goalkeeper Eva Berkhout totaled three saves in the outing en route to her first career win.
The River Hawks scored their first goal of the 2018 season just 26 seconds into play, when Davis sent a long pass up the field for Huk, who controlled it with one hand and diverted it past the Bryant keeper before eventually tapping it in.
UMass Lowell extended its margin to 2-0 on a corner opportunity in the 10th minute, as sophomore Clara Defourt swept a ball from the top of the circle that was redirected on goal by Davis.
Coming out of halftime, the home squad made the score 3-0 on another corner, this time with Huk firing hard into the back of the cage with assists from freshman Jenna Berger and junior Morgan Irons.
LOWELL -- Senior Jakov Basic scored on a free kick from 22 yards out in the first half, and that proved to be the difference in the UMass Lowell men’s soccer team’s 1-0 victory over UMass in the season opener on Friday night.
Basic blasted his shot into the upper left corner.
Goalkeeper Zach Rowell made 3 saves in the UML net to register the shutout.
In a defensive second half, the Minutemen registered three corners, but the River Hawks’ back line was up to the task. Massachusetts outshot the River Hawks, 11-8, but the hosts managed six corners to the visitors four.
UMass Lowell heads out on the road for a contest against Quinnipiac on Monday.