UMass Lowell has a chance to bounce back quickly following its defeat on Saturday. After falling 8-5 to Manhattan at home, the River Hawks will be back in action this afternoon against the Wagner Seahawks on Staten Island.
Wagner has won three games in a row, including most recently an 18-4 victory over Hampton. Andrew Streilein leads the team with 23 points, and six of them came last week in the win over Hampton. Matt Sefcik is having a strong season in net, allowing around eight and a half goals per game, good for 18th in the nation, and has a save percentage of 52.2%.
The next two leading scorers on the teams are twin junior midfielders Patrick and William Mcmenamin. Patrick has 12 points, good for second on the roster and William has eight, which is third on the team.
With a 4-3 record overall, the Seahawks are yet to open conference play and are tied for second place with Bryant in the Northeast Conference.
Sam Klingsporn has led the way this season for the River Hawks with 15 points, 14 of which were goals as he picked up his first assist of the season this past week. Austin Lane extended his scoring streak to four games in the loss to Manhattan and has seven goals overall.
Grant Lardieri has improved in every game this season as the freshman goaltender has taken the reigns as the team’s starting goalie. He has a 10.85 goals against average, and the River Hawks have allowed increasingly lower scores to opponents since February 17th.
This is the first ever matchup between the Seahawks and River Hawks, as Lowell enters a week of bird-of-prey matchups, as it will face the Hartford Hawks on Saturday.
Game time this afternoon is at 3 p.m. from Staten Island.