University Of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks
The UMass Lowell River Hawks are one of the nation's most successful high school hockey teams and they are part of a long tradition of meeting at the top of their game. Looking back on their first game against the University of Massachusetts Lowell, they got away with a 2-1 win.
After being out of contention for the postseason for the next four years, they now want to leave their mark. The Warriors have moved up to Division I and the NJIT Highlanders will try to build on that by improving to 3-2. They have won the last two Division II titles and are looking forward to making a mark in their first year in the NCAA Division III. In addition to the usual souvenirs, there is also a booth at the end of the ice offering a wide selection of UMass Lowell clothing for visitors.
Nicknamed "The River Hawks," the former dual-state huskies of UMass Lowell were inspired by the campus location on the Merrimack River. The then-dual-state Huskies proved attractive to the boys and formed a partnership with U-Mass Lowell.
In search of a favorite for the American East, UMass Lowell won a home-and-home series against the University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks in the 2014-15 season. The Riverawks won four of their first five games, winning 11-5 in regulation time, including a 5-2 victory over the Huskies at home on November 2, 2014, and a 2-1 victory at Memorial Auditorium on January 7, 2015. That included a 1-0 win over UConn on December 6, 2016 in front of a sold-out house of 1,000 fans in Lowell.
After conceding the first two goals of the game, the Hawks responded with six consecutive goals and held the Catrolls scoreless in the second half. The Hawks' power play goal and the Huskies had to fend off a UConn power play attempt to stay unbeaten in a straight-sets game.
Trevor Patschorke equalised with two seconds left, but Umm Lowell tied the game with his sixth goal of the game. Vermont got on 44 shots on goal and goalie Grant Lardieri saved all 22 chances against U-Mass Lowell in a weak game - scoring in the loss. Burlington, Vt., 3-2, UConn, 2-1, goalie Grant Lardsieri save all 26 of his shots and got all 44 shots on goals against in that lower-scoring affair. VT, Vt., 1 - 0, Vermont, 4 - 3, Goalie GrantLardier saves 22 of her chances against U Massachusetts Lowell.
Mass Lowell was the team that started hot, but Siena finished hot and eventually won in a tight game 3-2 in overtime.
The game, which was evened at halftime, went to the Hawks in the second half and Edward Tralmaks made it perfect with a shorthanded tally 3 1 / 2 minutes later. Blackmun started the scoring for Mass Lowell on the powerplay, giving them a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Reid Stefanson, the second right wing. A bouncing puck in a neutral zone led to a 3-on-1 run for the Hawks, with junior Charlie Levesque Jr. setting up right winger Reid Stefanos on the doorstep for his first goal of the season.
Obadiah Noel led UMass Lowell to the game-winning goal with a goal and an assist and scored his first goal of the season. Noel leads the Hawks in goals with four, while Connor Withers is averaging 3.01 goals per game and a .921 save percentage on-year.
Lowell overcame an 0-6 start to last season with an eight-game winning streak that began in late December. February became the first month of the season when the River Hawks finished with a record of 3-1 - 2 - 0 (.500). UMass Lowell is now 0-for-3 on the year against the under-18 team in the American Hockey League (AHL) after losing, but is 5-2-3 against under-18 teams in his last seven games. U-Mass Lowell was 0 for 3-of-1 at the ATS this season, with two wins and two losses in its last three games against UConn and Boston College.
The River Hawks are competing in the Hockey East Conference, where they have won three titles and made it to one of the Frozen Four. The men's hockey team competes in HockeyEast and past champions include UConn, UMass Lowell, Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern and Boston University.
UMass Lowell finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 16-15 record and hosted and won a tournament game when it defeated UMBC 66-58 in the quarterfinals. UMass Lowell had a 35-4 run from 1988-91, reaching the finals of the Hockey East Tournament for the first time ever, before losing to Union in the first round. In addition, U Mass Lowell has won all of its tournament games by hosting and winning all three in a row.
In three games in three days, Jacksonville, Merrimack, Dartmouth and UMass Lowell all found a way to lose all three. The home opener was a third-division clash that would end with a 2-2 draw against U-Mass Boston.