Field Hockey Wins Inaugural Kennedy Cup, 6-0 Over UMass-Lowell
Sep 3, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts field hockey team claimed victory during the inaugural Kennedy Cup, earning a 6-0 decision over UMass-Lowell at Garber Field on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Brooke Sabia recorded a pair of goals for the second consecutive game as nine Minutewomen tallied at least one point against the River Hawks.
The Kennedy Cup is named in honor of University of Massachusetts and UMass-Lowell alumnus, John F. Kennedy, who is a strong supporter of both institutions. With the win, UMass starts a season with three consecutive victories for the first time since the 1996 campaign.
Lauren Allymohamed, Hannah Farrell, Cliodhna Loughlin and Hannah Prince registered a goal each as UMass (3-0 overall) totaled 17 points during the game. Alexa Sikalis added a pair of assists while Alyssa Ineson, Allie Sabia and Charlotte Verelst recorded one helper each.
Brooke Sabia was unassisted in notching the game-opening goal 7 minutes, 38 seconds into play. The Lafayette Hill, Pa., native corralled a loose ball following a UMass shot on goal and hammered home the rebound over River Hawks goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins. Sabia followed her first tally with another at the 22:34 mark on a penalty corner inserted by Verelst and stopped Sikalis.
Allymohamed extended the lead to 3-0 during a successful penalty corner with 4:02 to play in the first half as the Minutewomen took a three-goal advantage over UMass-Lowell (0-2) into halftime.
Exiting the break, Prince found the back of the cage with 31:57 left to give Sikalis her second assist of the game. Loughlin followed nine minutes later with an unassisted strike to earn her first collegiate goal. The Dublin, Ireland, native settled the play following a UMass shot on goal and redirected the ball by Hopkins for the 5-0 advantage.
Farrell closed scoring at the 55:07 mark of play following a penalty corner insert by Ineson. Farrell received the direct pass toward the left-center of the UMass-Lowell circle and sent her attempt into the far right side.
The UMass defense, led by Allymohamed, Farrell, Prince and junior Mariajose Rodriguez, held the River Hawks without a shot during the contest while the Minutewomen earned 28 total attempts. Penalty corners favored Massachusetts, 12-1. Hopkins totaled 14 saves in the cage for UMass-Lowell.
The Minutewomen return to the field to host Harvard at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. UMass will complete its third consecutive home game on Sunday, Sept. 8, when Boston College visits Garber Field for a 3 p.m. contest. Admission is free for all home contests.