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UNH men’s soccer beats UMass Lowell, advances to America East championship

  • University of New Hampshire junior Antonio Colacci (23) gets a hug from teammate Kyle Brewster after Colacci scored in Wednesday night’s America East tournament semifinal match against UMass-Lowell at Wildcat Stadium in Durham during its. UNH won, 2-0, and will host UMBC on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the conference championship game. MEGHAN MURPHY / UNHWildcats.com

  • The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team celebrates on Wednesday night at Wildcat Stadium in Durham during its America East tournament semifinal against UMass-Lowell. The Wildcats won, 2-0, and will host UMBC on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the conference championship game. MEGHAN MURPHY / UNHWildcats.com


Monitor staff
Thursday, November 08, 2018

The second-seeded University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team beat No. 3 UMass-Lowell, 2-0, in Wednesday night’s America East semifinal at Wildcat Stadium in Durham.

UNH (11-3-2) will meet No. 5 UMBC in Sunday’s 2 p.m. conference tournament final in Durham. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

It will be the fifth conference final for the Wildcats, but it will be the first time they have ever hosted. UMBC upset top-seeded Stony Brook, 1-0, on Wednesday night in New York. The Wildcats beat UMBC during the regular season, 1-0.

New Hampshire junior Antonio Colacci played a role in both UNH goals on Wednesday. Colacci scored the first one in the 24th minute after taking a pass from senior Juan Velazquez. Sophomore Linus Fallberg was also credited with an assist on the play.

The Wildcats pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 42nd minute when redshirt freshman Jonny Wolf threw a long ball in to Colacci, who headed it towards goal and caused UMass-Lowell’s Chase Reichenberg to deflect it past keeper Patrik Gujic.

The River Hawks (10-6-2) held an 8-3 edge in shots, but only one of the UML shots was on goal, and UNH keeper Lars Huxsohl saved that, posting his eighth shutout of the year.