NE-10 TOURNAMENT: Second Half Surge Leads #6 UMass Lowell Past Stonehill, 3-1

Sophomore Jennifer Foley scored her third goal of the year on the Skyhawks lone shot of the game five minutes into the contest. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Effertz leads River Hawks three goal outburst with goal and two assists

LOWELL, Mass. (October 24, 2012) – Third-seeded University of Massachusetts Lowell, ranked sixth in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, surged to a 3-1 triumph over sixth-seeded Stonehill College with three second half goals in first round action of the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Tournament at Cushing Field tonight.

UMass Lowell (16-3, 8-2 NE-10), the two-time defending tournament champions, advances to Saturday's semifinal round, hosted by top-seeded and No. 4-ranked Merrimack College, where it will face second-seeded and No. 9-ranked Bentley University at 11 a.m. Fourth-seeded Adelphi University won today's other first round clash with a 4-3 victory over fifth-seeded Southern Connecticut State University on Long Island. Stonehill sees its season come to a close with a 9-10 record overall, 5-5 in NE-10 play, having qualified for the NE-10 Tournament for the 15th-straight year.

Junior Melissa Effertz (Oceanside, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista) played a role in all three UMass Lowell goals in the rally with a goal and two assists. The River Hawks also got goals from junior Rachel McCarthy (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) and freshman Jenna Freitas (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Memorial) in the win.

Senior Kaitlyn Curtis posted eight saves in the Skyhawks goal. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Junior Melanie Hopkins (Harwich, Mass./Harwich) didn't record a save in the cage for UMass Lowell as the River Hawks were credited with a 23-1 advantage for shots in the contest. UML also racked up a 28-0 margin for penalty corners. Senior Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) posted eight saves in goal for Stonehill.

Sophomore Jennifer Foley (Holden, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) scored a first half goal for Stonehill on its lone shot of the night. She struck for her third goal of the season just five minutes into the game as she finished a cross from senior Brittany Ford (Augusta, Maine/Cony) at the far post off a tip from freshman Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown).

Stonehill carried the one goal lead into halftime, but UMass Lowell equalized just 3:28 into the second half with Effertz's 14th goal of the year off a pass from senior Sarah Wilcox (Old Town, Maine/Old Town). Effertz then set up Freitas for her sixth goal of the year at 42:42 to put the River Hawks in front. McCarthy's 24th goal of the year, off a cross from Effertz, sealed the win with 7:04 remaining.