Sweet Sweep on Road for UML Softball Team
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The seventh inning proved to be the difference in both games of the doubleheader, as the UMass Lowell softball team (19-12, 7-0 AE) defeated Binghamton, 4-3 in game one and 3-2 in game two on Saturday to remain undefeated in America East Conference play.
Now at 11 victories in a row, this is the longest win streak for the program since 2011.
“These were good games, which we knew they would be,” said UML coach Danielle Henderson. “Binghamton has been playing well. The thing is our team wants to win, so they are getting up there no matter what the score is determined to win the game.”
Six different River Hawks logged two hits on the day, including junior Courtney Cashman, who had a perfect 1.000 on-base percentage with six walks. Redshirt-junior Casey Harding led the team with two RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Olivia Labbe registered a pair of doubles.
UMass Lowell loaded the bases to open game two, but it was Harding’s solo shot that put the team on the board in the top of the second. Capria dealt four perfect innings to keep the River Hawks’ slight margin intact.
In the seventh, sophomore Sarah Ratcliffe (Pelham, N.H.) and junior Marianne Sparacia gave the squad momentum with singles before Labbe doubled to tie it and Sydney Barker had a hit to win it.
LOWELL -- In its final home game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Wicked Blue Field, the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team (4-11, 1-4 AE) took down Vermont, 19-18.
“This was absolutely our first and best team win, definitely this season, but maybe even in program history,” said UML coach Carissa Medeiros. “UVM has been on fire this year, they are well over .500 and doing fantastic, and we knew this was going to be a tough opponent ... I couldn’t be prouder of our entire team effort, from goalie to high attack.”
Hana Caster, Kendyl Finelli, Paige MacEachern, Kristina Keith and Samantha Blair (2) scored first-half goals for the River Hawks.
The second half featured goals by Cameron McKelvin, Jane Dudley, Keith, MacEachern, Finelli, Hannah Rose and Olivia Massena.
With nine different River Hawks scoring 19 goals, the team notched its most goals in a single game in program history, surpassing the previous high of 18. MacEachern led with four goals, while Keith and Finelli each had hat tricks.