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UML Men Roll by Albany on Road

February 14, 2019
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Five different River Hawks scored in double digits, as the UMass Lowell men’s basketball team earned a decisive 86-54 victory at Albany on Wednesday evening.

UML improved to 14-12, 6-5 America East.

The decision marked the River Hawks’ first Division I win in Albany, sweeping this season’s series against the Great Danes. It also ties both the program’s largest margin of victory and fewest points allowed against a Division I opponent.

Redshirt-junior Christian Lutete recorded his third consecutive double-double and his 10th of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace UMass Lowell on offense. Redshirt-senior Josh Gantz, who added 16 points, tied a career high with four three pointers. Freshmen Darius Henderson and Alex Rivera (Lowell), and senior Shawn Jones all contributed 10 points.

LOWELL -- A game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer hit the rim and bounced out as the UMass Lowell women’s basketball team’s furious comeback fell short as Albany escaped the Tsongas Center with a 56-53 win.

The River Hawks (6-18, 2-9) outscored the Great Danes (11-13, 8-3) 38-20 in the second half, including a 22-8 margin in the third quarter that eventually gave the hosts a 51-50 lead, following a Ren’Cia Rolling three with 2:59 to play.

Brianna Rudolph led the way with 24 points, becoming the first player to record consecutive 20-plus scoring efforts since Kayla Gibbs in 2017.

LOWELL -- UMass Lowell Athletic Director Peter Casey has announced that Mira Novak has been appointed as head coach of the River Hawks’ women’s soccer program. Novak served as the team’s interim head coach during the 2018 season.

In his first season at the head of the women’s soccer program, Novak led the team to its best season since joining the Division I ranks. The River Hawks earned a bid to the America East tournament and a trip to the conference championship game after going 6-8-4 in the regular season.

“We are pleased to announce Mira as our head coach,” said Casey. “I am certain that he will be an inspiring coach for our student-athletes and a great ambassador for River Hawk athletics. Mira’s commitment, knowledge, and passion for the game, along with his love for the university, is a winning combination that will strengthen our women’s soccer program and support our efforts to ensure student success in athletics and academics.”