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Bulldogs topped by Lowell in 2018 season opener

Bulldogs topped by Lowell in 2018 season opener

LOWELL, MASS. – The Bryant University field hockey team fell to UMass Lowell in its 2018 season debut. 

Game Information 

UMass Lowell 3, Bryant 0

Records: UMass Lowell 1-0, Bryant 0-1 

Location: Cushing Field (Lowell, Mass.) 

Coach de Vries' Comments 

"I think the way we started was a little bit frantic and I feel if we are able to take that away then we can really grow into our game. I feel that there were a lot of moments in the game, especially in the first 15 minutes, where we were just frantic and afraid to play. I'm hopeful that by Sunday we get the shakiness out of our bodies and just play and compete and have fun. Right now, we did not play up to our potential. We are just letting our heads go down when things don't go our way but we need to find a positive attitude for 70 minutes." 

Key Moment 

In the 10th minute, Grace Davis finished off a pass from Clara Defourt to widen UMass Lowell's lead to 2-0.

Scoring Summary 

  • 1st minute – Umass Lowell 1, Bryant 0 – Grace Davis played a long pass into the circle, and Torrie Huk was able to get to it and fire the ball past Lyndsay Swanston(Newton, Conn.). 

  • 10th minute – Umass Lowell 2, Bryant – 0 – With a pass from Clara Defourt, Davis was able to find the back of the net. This was Davis' first career goal during her collegiate debut.  

  • 38th minute – Umass Lowell 3, Bryant – 0 – Off of UMass Lowell's third penalty corner, Huk scored her second of the game to finish the scoring.


  • This is Bryant's first loss to Lowell in the Division I era.

  • Swanston stopped three shots in the first half while freshman Marijn Jaarsma (Uithoorn, Netherlands) stopped four in the second half in her first debut as a Bulldog. 

  • Eva Bazen (The Hague, Netherlands), Pia Klupp (Hamburg, Germany), Casey Wheeler (Cape Town, South Africa), and Brittany Gouws (Cape Town, South Africa) made their first career starts for the Bulldogs. 

  • Emily Perryman (Lebanon, N.H.) had a team-high of two shots for the game. 

Up Next 

Bryant will be back at UMass Lowell for the consolation game on Sunday against either VCU or Hofstra at 11:30 a.m.