Following the first ever home win in the history of the UMass Lowell men’s lacrosse program, the River Hawks fell at home, 8-5 to the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday.
It was the first win of the season for the Jaspers, who moved to 1-6, while Lowell fell to 1-5 on the season. Five different players scored for the River Hawks, and it was just Jared Zaniewski with the only multi point day as he picked up two assists.
Michael Zingaro made 13 saves between the pipes for the Jaspers, picking up his first victory of the season. Grant Lardieri made six saves for the River Hawks and allowed eight goals.
Lowell took a 2-0 lead to start the game, with freshman Blaine McMahon scoring the opening tally. Austin Lane scored his second of the year soon after, but that was the end of the Lowell run before Manhattan scored two straight.
The second quarter saw both teams knotted up with two goals each for nearly 14 straight minutes before Lowell scored two goals ahead of the half.
From there, the River Hawks wouldn’t see success like that again as the Jaspers went on a 6-1 run to close the game. Cole Johnson scored two goals for the Jaspers along with an assist. Conor Darby also had a goal. Parker Giarrantana, the leading scorer on the season for Manhattan, had a single goal but three assists.
Lowell won the shots battle with 34 to the 27 from the Jaspers. The River Hawks also had more ground balls, with 36 to 29. Manhattan scored twice on the extra man opportunity while the River Hawks found no success.
Manhattan has a tough test ahead next week against the tenth ranked University of North Carolina. Lowell hits the road on Tuesday night when the River Hawks will face the Wagner Seahawks on Staten Island. From there, Lowell is back at home next Saturday to host the Hartford Hawks in the America East conference opening game.