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The River Hawks face a 13-6 loss to Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – Second year Megan Brockbank (Bayport, NY) had two goals and an assist to lead the offense, but the UMass Lowell River Hawks (0-2, 0-0 AE) fell to the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League), 13-6, Friday night at Kuzniewski Field.

“At the end of the day, we have to start the game better,” said the head coach. Lisa Miller. “We have to play like we did in the second half. We came alive in the second half. We have to start quicker, and that’s up to us as coaches.”

Alongside Brockbank, junior Molly Shaw (Marshfield, Mass.) and freshman in red shirt Emily Stratton (Camillus, NY) each scored a goal, while the juniors Izzy Liquori (Agawam, Mass.) and second year Kaitlin Tobin (Southold, NY) each scored their first goals of the season.

The game opened as a defensive battle, with both teams forcing several turnovers, until Holy Cross broke the deadlock, scoring the game’s first goal with 9:34 left in the first. The Crusaders quickly followed that up with three more goals, giving them a 4-0 lead going into the second quarter.

Less than a minute into the second quarter, the River Hawks cut the lead to three when Tobin fired a shot behind the goaltender on Brockbank’s pass.

The Crusaders would continue to add to their lead, scoring seven goals in the next eleven minutes of play. The scoring streak ended with around a minute left in the half as Stratton and Liquori scored back-to-back goals , cutting the Crusaders’ lead to 11-3 before the break.

Coming out of halftime, the River Hawks regained the defensive presence they had early in the game, forcing four turnovers and limiting the Crusaders to two shots in 13 minutes of play. defense when they added another goal with a minute left in the third quarter.

After giving up a goal early in the fourth quarter, the River Hawks began to find their footing offensively, as Brockbank scored twice followed by a Shaw goal to close the lead late in the game.

Graduate student Alex Salim (East Islip, NY) recorded four clean saves, splitting time with second Jillian Schumacher (Rockville Center, NY) who made six saves.

Next, the River Hawks will return home to face Marist on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.