Despite a five point day from Keenan Koswin and three goals from Austin Lane, the UMass Lowell River Hawks were unable to pick up their first America East win and fell 11-9 to Vermont on Saturday. The River Hawks fall to 2-8 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
Vermont’s Ian McKay, a top prospect for the upcoming National Lacrosse League draft, had a career high seven point day to lead the Catamounts. Each other player didn’t have more than a goal, but Dawes Michling had three assists to go along with his single tally.
The Catamounts never trailed after taking a 1-0 lead in the first quarter, and it was eventually extended to a 6-2 advantage after the opening frame. By the half, it was 7-4 as Koswin and Brandon Luitwieler each added a goal to cut into the lead for the River Hawks.
It was a 9-4 advantage for Vermont after a couple of goals out of the half, but it got interesting for Lowell as the River Hawks cut the lead to 10-8 in favor of the Catamounts with just under 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
That was the closest the River Hawks would get, however, as Vermont scored its 11th tally before Lowell scored its ninth goal, and the game would end as an 11-9 final. Lowell was able to score five of the last seven goals in the contest, but it was too little too late.
Grant Lardieri made 12 saves between the pipes for the River Hawks, and Vermont led Lowell with a 38-31 shot total. Lowell is fourth in America East in goals against with an average under ten goals per game despite being six games under .500 behind the play of the freshman goaltender. Jon Kaplan made 11 saves for the Catamounts.
Luitwieler scored twice for the River Hawks, while Sean Tyrell added two assists. Nick Bartlett and Cam Milligan had a goal and an assist each for Vermont.
The River Hawks return on Saturday to face #10 Albany as Lowell returns home from a two game road trip. The Great Danes are 5-2 and have won two straight contests, both in America East, and are on the top of the conference as the only team over .500 other than 6-2 Stony Brook.