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River Hawks win Northeast 10 field hockey Championship.

UMass Lowell Earns Sixth Title in Program History; Day Named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

LOWELL – The UMass Lowell River Hawks (22-0) captured the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference Championship with a decisive 6-1 victory over the Stonehill Skyhawks (15-6) at home on Cushing Field Saturday afternoon.  The River Hawks were led by two goals from senior Sammy Macy (Tewksbury, Mass.) and lifted by Tournament Most Outstanding Player Liz Day (North Andover, Mass.).

With the victory, UMass Lowell earns its sixth NE-10 Championship in program history and first since 2007.  With 22 victories, the 2010 River Hawks have earned more wins than any team in program history.

The River Hawks opened scoring as junior defender Annie Hansbury (Plaistow, N.H.) notched her fourth of the year just 8:00 into the contest.  On a penalty corner chance, senior midfielder Day dribbled from the top of the circle to the right a few yards and passed through to the left where Hansbury’s stick was ready for the hard shot to put UMass Lowell up 1-0 exactly eight minutes into the Championship game.

Macy capitalized on another penalty corner, as freshman midfielder Rachel McCarthy (Reading, Mass.) inbounded the ball, seeing Macy at the top of the circle for a blast to double the River Hawk lead 11:29 into the contest.

McCarthy followed up with her 11th goal of the year, scoring on a pass from Hansbury, also off a penalty corner.  McCarthy sent the ball into Hansbury who passed it back to the midfielder in the center of the circle giving the River Hawks a 3-0 advantage just over 14 minutes into the game.

By the end of the half, UMass Lowell had held onto its 3-0 lead and had converted three of its six penalty corner opportunities.

Stonehill opened the second half with a goal by Laura Menke less than 10 minutes into the second stanza.  Michaela Deasy was on the right side of the circle and found Menke in the middle for a hard hit to the back of the cage to cut UMass Lowell’s lead to two.

The River Hawks retaliated, though, and never looked back.  Macy furiously pressured Stonehill’s defense, grabbing her own rebound on a blocked shot in the 57th minute of play, tallying her program-best 30th goal of the season bring UMass Lowell’s lead back to three.

Defender Kayla Littig (Carver, Mass.) scored her first goal of the year at the perfect time, blasting home a pass from senior forward Katie Enaire (Amesbury, Mass.) with just over five minutes remaining in the game, putting UMass Lowell up 5-1.

Enaire closed out the game with just under two minutes remaining, fighting through a scuffle and shooting the ball from the ground for her 28th tally of the year, sealing the final score of 6-1 in UMass Lowell’s favor.

The River Hawks outshot their opponent an impressive 25-1 in the game, including a 16-1 advantage in the second half.  UMass Lowell earned 11 corners compared to Stonehill’s two.

Stonehill’s Osier made eight stops on 12 UMass Lowell attempts before being relieved by Kaitlyn Curtis who made one save and allowed a pair of goals.  UMass Lowell’s Melanie Hopkins (Harwich, Mass.) played between the pipes for the first 61:27 before Amy Carbon (Bellingham, Mass.) entered the game.

In addition to Day earning Most Outstanding Player honors, Macy and Littig were named to the All-Tournament team.  They were joined by Adelphi’s Jamie Ackerman, American International’s Kim Steiner and Laura Noce and Kathryn Nelson from Stonehill.

The River Hawks will now await the NCAA Tournament seedings to see who they will take on next.  The NCAA will air the selection show at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning online.  More detailed information about the River Hawks’ opponent and game time will be presented on GoRiverHawks.com as it becomes available.