LOWELL, Mass. – The Bryant University women's lacrosse team looks to build off its 12-2 triumph at Manhattan and grow to a three-game win streak when they visit UMass Lowell on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m.
Opponent: UMass Lowell
Location: Cushing Field (Lowell, Mass.)
Date and Time: Friday, Feb. 28 | 3:30 p.m.
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Friday marks the fifth time in history that the two teams have met as the Bulldogs hold a 3-1 advantage over the River Hawks. UMass Lowell's lone win over the Black and Gold occurred in 2017 in overtime, 10-9, on Cushing Field. The two teams last met in 2018 when the Bulldogs dominated in a 15-6 victory led by Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) with a career-high five goals.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS
UMass Lowell has been on a three-game losing streak since they grabbed a season-opening win over Central Connecticut, 14-7, at home. The Riverhawks have faced setbacks against Holy Cross (13-5), UConn (20-14), and UMass (21-8) since their lone win.
Freshman midfielder Izzy Liquori poured out five goals at UConn and now leads the team with eight goals on the year, but senior Hana Caster has proven to be the most consistent as she posted tallies in every game so far this season. Caster accumulated six goals so far this season and is tied with Liquori as team leaders with 21 draw controls.
Caster is also one of the River Hawk's leading defenders as she leads the team with seven caused turnovers and 14 groundballs. Freshman goalkeeper Madison Grazidei has racked up 39 saves across four games with a save percentage of .390.
Head coach Lisa Miller leads the Riverhawks in her first season at the helm.
BULLDOGS NOTES AND NOTABLES
- Junior Jamie Fischer (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) led the Black and Gold with a strong defensive performance at Manhattan. Fischer helped keep the Jaspers scoreless in the first half by causing a career-high of five turnovers and was recognized as an NEC Prime Performer for her efforts. The New York native leads the team with nine and ranks 25th in the country averaging 2.25 a game.
- Sophomore Alexa Weber (South Windsor, Conn.) leads the conference with 5.25 shots on goal per game which goes hand-in-hand as she also leads the team with 10 goals across four games. Weber ranks second in the NEC for her goal total thanks to back-to-back three-goal performances against both Vermont and Manhattan. After her hat trick at Manhattan, Weber joined Fischer on the NEC Prime Performer list.
- Breglia trails Weber with eight goals so far this season. Breglia posted her second hat trick of the season at Manhattan and was also one of two Bulldogs to post two assists against the Jaspers. Breglia and Weber both lead the Black and Gold with 11 points.
- Sophomore transfer Cassidy Burns (Massapequa, N.Y.) ranks fourth in the conference and leads the Bulldogs with five assists. Burns tied Breglia with two at Manhattan.
- As a team, the Bulldogs ranks 22nd in the country and third in the NEC with 20.50 ground balls per game. Junior Devon Bolen (Queensbury, N.Y.) and Fischer lead the team with 10 apiece after Bolen tied her career-high of five at Manhattan.
- The Bulldogs have one of the best defenses in the NEC and country holding teams to just 8.50 goals a game. Bryant ranks 19th in the country and second in the NEC behind Robert Morris with an 8.00 scoring defense.