River Hawks lose third straight in America East matchup

Freshman midfielder Hannah Caster set a career-high with three points in the losing effort Saturday afternoon against UAlbany. (Courtesy of UMass Lowell Athletics)

Jason Ounpraseuth
Connector Staff

The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team (6-5, 0-3 AE) lost their third straight game against the UAlbany Great Danes (7-4, 3-1) in Saturday’s America East action.

The River Hawks were hoping to improve from their 10-7 loss to the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Sophomore attacker Jane Dudley’s 26th point and total of 14 assists broke a single-season program record and surpassed her career high in points in that game.

That would not be the case as Dudley was a non-factor against UAlbany’s robust defense. UAlbany won more draw controls and had more shots on goal than UMass Lowell, especially in the first half where they outshot the River Hawks 13-3.

The early lead helped the Great Danes establish control and coast to a 15-4 victory.

The River Hawks were able to get their first goal in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Kristina Keith scored an unassisted goal from free position.

UAlbany started off the game with a quick goal from freshman midfielder Sam Tortora.

The Great Danes ended the first half leading 10-0 as they continued to build their lead by staying aggressive and pressuring the UMass Lowell defense and midfield.

Senior attacker Dakotah Savitcheff led the game with five goals.

America East leader in goals senior Sarah Martin scored two goals but lead the way in assists providing five assists.

Martin was the most impactful player of the game maintaining the pressure on UMass Lowell and staying aggressive to build their lead from start to finish.

Many of the highlights came from Martin with stunning goals and assists that had some involvement with her.

The flow of the game called for UMass Lowell goalkeeper junior Courtney Barrett and UAlbany goalkeeper freshman Erin Leghart to be subbed out of the game after 43:31 minutes of play.

Sophomore Renee Gonzalez of UMass Lowell and freshman goalkeeper Georgia Schneidereith of UAlbany subbed in and finished the game.

UMass Lowell sharpened up their play in the second half only allowing five goals.

Freshman midfielder Hana Caster had three points in the second half scoring two and assisting on one.

Caster and the other UMass Lowell subs provided a slight spark. The offense was able to get more shots off, and the River Hawks were able to maintain quality possessions in the latter stages of the game.

UMass Lowell will go on the road to face Harvard on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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