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LOWELL, Mass. – Seeking their first win of the season, the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 America East) travel to Worcester to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders (0-1, 0- 0 Patriot League) on Friday night, before heading home to face the Marist Red Foxes (0-0, 0-0 MAAC) on Sunday afternoon.

UMass Lowell enters the weekend 0-1 (0-0 AE) after falling to Massachusetts, 18-4, in the 2022 season opener. Junior Molly Shaw (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman in red shirt Emily Stratton (Camillus, NY) led the River Hawks with two goals apiece. Second year Megan Brockbank (Bayport, NY) added two assists as a team, while freshmen Jade Catlin (Middletown, Maryland) and Daia Hansford (Bowie, Md.) led UMass Lowell with three draw checks apiece.


Molly Shaw and Emily Stratton each scored two goals to lead the River Hawks. Megan Brockbamk had a team-best two assists, giving her two points this season. Daia Hansford and Jade Catlin both add three draw controls, while Abby McLaughling and Julia Neapolitan in total, two caused turnovers each.

The Crusaders come into Friday’s game after losing their opener to Fairfield, 18-8, last weekend. Lauren Drillock led the team with two goals, while six other players also added a goal. As a team, Holy Cross won 17 of 30 draw checks, led by Lindsay Hult who recorded seven draw check victories. At net, the Crusaders split time between Grace Flink and Tori Cini, with Cini recording six saves and allowing just three goals in 15 minutes of action.

Having yet to play this season, the Marists will continue to build on last year when they finished with a 3-5 record. With their top three scorers from last season no longer in the squad, the Red Foxes will look to Kerri Gutenberger in attack, who scored 17 on 45 shots in the 2021 campaign. Marist will begin to establish a new core of players on the defensive end after losing their ground ball and causing a turnover from last season.

A win would be the first win of the season for the River Hawks and also move the head coach Lisa Miller two victories less than the 200th career victory.

Friday’s match will be the third between UMass Lowell and Holy Cross. The series is tied 1-1, with the Crusaders winning the final game, 13-5, on Feb. 16, 2020. Sunday’s game will only be the second time the River Hawks have faced Marist. In Game 1, the Red Foxes managed to pull away with a 15-10 win on March 10, 2020.