Our Division I athletes are some of the most well-rounded students on campus. They balance elite-level training and competition with the rigor of UMass Lowell academics.
Senior field hockey standout Kelly Freitas was named the 2016 America East Woman of the Year
. Freitas was successful on and off the field, exhibited leadership and service to her community.
Men's basketball player Jahad Thomas is the first Div. 1 River Hawk to earn 1,000 career points
Women's Lacrosse Coach Carissa Medeiros and five-year-old Sophia Eason are all smiles on Sophia's "draft day."
MVP: Most Valuable Perspective
Gritty. Blue collar. Tenacious. Tough.
When you’re a 5-foot-7 forward on one of the top college hockey teams in the country, that better be how the play-by-play guy describes you.
Ryan McGrath is all that for the UMass Lowell River Hawks, but he’s not the toughest guy on the team. He gives that title to Lucas St. Onge, a 4-year-old from Lowell whom the River Hawks “drafted” through Team IMPACT
, a nonprofit group that works with children facing chronic illness.
St. Onge was born with an immune dysfunction and is waiting for a new liver, small intestine, pancreas and stomach. McGrath has become a big brother to St. Onge, fist-bumping him after home games, stopping by his house to do puzzles, and even Facetiming him at bedtime.
“He’s going to get through it,” McGrath says with unflinching conviction. That’s true teamwork.