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UML Runs to NE X-Country Title

By From the Lowell Sun

BOSTON -- Senior Ruben Sanca placed second overall and junior Rex Radloff third as UMass Lowell captured the 96th running of the New England Cross Country Championship yesterday at Franklin Park.

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The championship -- which pits Division I, II and III colleges against one another -- is UMass Lowell's second title in three years. In 2006, the River Hawks became the first non-Division I school to win the title in the race's history, which dates back to 1912, and placed second in the 2007 race.

"For us, this is as big as it gets inside New England," said UML head coach Gary Gardner. "Other than winning an NCAA title, this is as big as it gets for us. It's not a given that a school our size and our resources can win a New England title, so when we have a shot, we take it."

The River Hawks scored 79 points (2, 3, 16, 28, 30 - 96, 111) and edged UNH (89), Brown (97), Dartmouth (192) and UMass (196).

Radloff placed third in 24:43 while senior Jason DeDonato (Nashua) took 16th in 25:05. Sophomore Angus MacDonald (Methuen) placed 28th in 25:19.

Senior Christina DaLomba placed 31st in a field of 301 runners to lead the UMass Lowell women's cross country team to 23rd at the New England Cross Country Championship at Franklin Park.

The River Hawks scored 644 points (31, 69, 157, 173, 214 -261, 264) and placed 11th among Division II and III colleges. Boston College cruised to the team title.

Sophomore Stephen Potcner (Wilmington) scored a pair of goals and senior Matias Pietropinto added a goal as UMass Lowell defeated the College of Saint Rose, 3-2, in a Northeast-10 Conference men's soccer clash at Cushing Field.
The win was the third straight for the River Hawks, who improved to 6-2-3 overall and 5-1-2 in the NE-10. UMass Lowell twice had to come from behind to pull out the win as the Golden Knights opened the scoring and took a 2-1 lead in the first minute of the second half.

UMass Lowell fell to the College of St. Rose, 2-0, in women's soccer action in Albany, N.Y. With the loss, the River Hawks slipped to 6-4-3 overall and 5-3-3- in the NE-10 entering Wednesday's regular season home finale against Assumption (7:00).

Sophomore Sammy Macy (Tewksbury) scored two goals as No. 4 UMass Lowell defeated Merrimack, 5-0in a Northeast-10 Conference field hockey clash at Warrior Field. With the win, UMass Lowell improved to 12-3 overall and 12-1 in the NE-10.