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River Hawks host Holy Cross for Midweek Clash

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LOWELL, Mass.—The UMass Lowell (1-10, 1-4 America East) men’s lacrosse team closes out its home roster this Wednesday, April 20 with a non-conference showdown against state foe Holy Cross (0-11 0-7 Patriot). Game time is set at 7:30 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT

The River Hawks suffered a heartbreaking 11-7 loss at home last weekend to America East opponents UMBC. Junior Nick Harvath (Whitmore Lake, Michigan) led the team with a career outing against the Retrievers. The midfielder recorded his first collegiate hat trick as well as a career-high four points after adding an assist to his tally. Behind Harvath, second year Jake Davis (Franklin, Mass.) and junior Conor Foley (Walpole, Mass.) scored two points apiece. Davis scored a goal and an assist while Foley dished out a pair of assists.

Senior Liam McDonough (Groton, Mass.) had an outstanding performance in face-off X for the River Hawks. The face-off specialist dominated, winning 13 of his 21 face-off attempts. He also picked up the team’s top four ground balls alongside the second-year defenseman Ethan Zupko (Livonia, Michigan). McDonough also now leads all of the America East in rushing balls per game with 6.73. In the cage, second year Anthony Mancino (Holbrook, NY) made 10 saves.

DISCOVERING THE HAWKS RIVER

An electric presence on offense, Foley continues his explosive season for the River Hawks with his 26 goals and nine assists for a career-high 35 points. Supporting Foley’s Productivity, Graduate Student Dominique Giachello (Somers, Conn.) and Davis round out UMass Lowell’s top three scorers with 23 and 20 points, respectively. The high-scoring trio of forwards make up 50% of the River Hawks’ tally this season with just two games remaining.

In defense, freshmen Alex chairs and ryan quillan continue their rookie success in front of the cage. After forcing two turnovers last week, the Presidents took first place on the UMass Lowell scoresheet with 10 turnovers caused this season. Quinlan sits just behind his classmate with nine of his 11 appearances.

In the cage, Mancino resumes his role as the main guard for the UMass Lowell team. He has a team-best save percentage of .422 and a 15.28 goals-against average in his nine starts.

SCOUT THE CRUSADERS

The Crusaders visit Mill City in search of their first win of the season. Facing a long streak of conference opponents, the Crusaders enter Wednesday after a 23-7 loss to Bucknell. Junior Dean DiNanno leads the team with 24 points on 12 goals and 12 assists in his 11 starts for Holy Cross. Just two points away, senior Will Spangenberg sits atop the Crusaders squad with 13 goals this season. On defense, the River Hawks face senior Chris Conlin, who currently ranks second in the nation in turnovers caused per game with 2.82. In the cage, sophomore Dawson Friers has established himself as the Crusaders’ starting goaltender this year, making seven starts. Last weekend, Friers matched his season-high in saves with 18 against Bucknell.

ALWAYS AGAINST THE CRUSADERS

Prior to Wednesday, the two programs have only met twice since the River Hawks joined Division I. Both times, Holy Cross emerged victorious. In their first meeting of 2019, the River Hawks lost 12-7 to the Crusaders at home. The following season, UMass Lowell ventured west to Worcester where they fell 13-12 in an overtime thriller.

A VICTORY WOULD BE

A win over Holy Cross would mark a first for the River Hawks and end the three-game losing streak.