Laura and Elizabeth Kender celebrated their Senior Night on Tuesday against Harvard, their final collegiate game. (Photo courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics)
UMass Lowell’s women’s lacrosse (1-16) played their final game of the season on Tuesday night in a 12-5 loss to the Harvard Crimson (8-6) at Wicked Blue Field.
The night was also a celebration for two River Hawks. Graduating seniors Elizabeth and Laura Kender were both honored before the game.
“They’re two special kids. They’re hard workers in every aspect of their lives,” Head Coach Carissa Medeiros said of the Kenders.
“They came out and made a much better effort all around. They were competing. They were competing with a very good Harvard team,” Medeiros commented about the team’s improved second half, which featured all five River Hawk goals.
The first half opened up with confusion from both teams, with small offensive opportunities for Harvard and the River Hawks but no goals. Harvard converted the first goal four minutes into the game, and remained the only scoring team of the first half.
UMass Lowell saw 11 turnovers in the first half, and struggled against the dynamic Crimson offense, which featured eight different goal scorers for their ten goals in the half. River Hawk goalkeeper, sophomore Courtney Barrett, had eight saves in the half.
Entering the break, the River Hawks had just one shot on goal and were trailing by ten.
The second half started similarly to the first, with a Harvard shot but the goal was waved off by officials for an illegal stick. UMass Lowell was able to net their first goal of the contest ten minutes into the half off a free position shot from sophomore midfielder Kaylan DiModugno.
Barrett made six saves in the second half, including a tremendous stick save with just under the eight-minute mark. The River Hawks gained momentum from Barrett’s heroics in net and earned another four goals in the dwindling minutes of the game.
Harvard went on to score two goals in the last two minutes to prevent the chance of a River Hawk comeback.
UMass Lowell end the season with a 1-16 overall record and a 0-6 record in the America East conference.