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River Hawks NCAA Champs

By From the Lowell Sun

LOUISVILLE, KY. -- The UMass Lowell field hockey team completed a perfect 24-0 season with a 1-0 victory over Shippensburg in the NCAA Div. 2 national championship game here yesterday.

One shot was all UML needed to take home the second national title in program history, as senior midfielder Liz Day (North Andover) recorded the only shot on goal for the River Hawks and lone goal of the game. The River Hawk defense and goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins held down the fort for the rest of the game to preserve the win.

"Defense was the difference for us today," said coach Shannon Hlebichuk, who captured her second title in nine years. "I know it's cliché when they say offense wins games but defense wins championships but that was certainly the case today. We have a powerful offense - scoring over 100 goals this year - so our defense has kind of been overlooked."

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