This is shaping up to be a special final college season for Neil Lavanchy, a senior left back who is kicking off his third year as captain of the men’s soccer team at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Lowell has elevated its athletic programs to Division and the America East Conference, so the River Hawks will be leaning on the 24-year-old Lavanchy, a Cushing Academy product who attended Scituate High for two years.
“I’m really excited about it and looking forward to the travel and the experience of playing some top level soccer,” said Lavanchy, who was recruited to Cushing to play hockey.
The Rivers Hawks dropped their Division 1 opener in overtime (1-0) at Stetson, and fell to Florida Atlantic, 3-1, on Sunday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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