From UML Hockey to Baseball (and other subjects)!

George DeLuca
April 2, 2016

This is a wrap up of my 2016 UMass Lowell River Hawks hockey series. It’s time to look ahead to future projects.

After my first photo was published in the Lowell Sun on March 13, twenty more pics appeared over a two week period. A couple were published in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune and many in the UML Connector. Eight of the Sun photos were from the Hockey East Finals at TD Banknorth Garden. Nine were from the River Hawks participation in the NCAA East Finals in Albany, NY at the Times Union Center. Here are a few from March 27 on:


My favorite experience in Albany was capturing Gambardella’s game winning goal against Yale. It was up against deadline, and the Sun gave me twenty minutes from the time of the goal to get it to them “print ready.”


Photo/George DeLuca

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Photo/George DeLuca

After Joe Gambardella’s game ending goal, it was on to the East Final game!
But alas, a trip to the “Frozen Four” wasn’t to be.

004_600_End_of_RoadUnfortunately, this game against powerhouse Quinnipiac was the end of the line
for the UMass Lowell River Hawks. But it was a tremendous season!


Photo/George DeLuca

And now it’s on to baseball and other things!



Photo/George DeLuca

April 1, 2016: UML River Hawk pitcher Andrew Ryan pitched well, going 7 innings
and allowing five hits and no runs while striking out five Hartford batters.

UMass Lowell River Hawks fall but display the heart of champions … on to the NCAA playoffs


A. J. White was on fire throughout the game, leading his team with victory always in mind.


Photo/George DeLuca

George DeLuca
March 20, 2016

The UMass Lowell River Hawks lost to the Northeastern Huskies in another incredible hockey game at TD Banknorth Garden.  As a result the resurgent Huskies take the Hockey East tournament, defeating the River Hawks 3-2 in the final.

The River Hawks gave it their all and are now focused on the NCAA tournament which gets underway this week. It was a bitter sweet but inspirational experience for this photojournalist, both on and off the ice. On to the NCAA tournament!


This was a total team effort … once again, C. J. Smith left it all on the ice.


Photo/George DeLuca

UMass Lowell River Hawks beat Providence in 3 OT to advance to Hockey East final!



UMass Lowell River Hawks celebrate a hard earned win! (Photo/George DeLuca – click for larger size)

George DeLuca
March 19, 2016

The UMass Lowell River Hawks punched their ticket to the Hockey East final by beating the Providence Friars 2-1 in triple overtime. Tonight at 7pm the River Hawks face the Northeastern Huskies who defeated Boston College in the wee hours after a long wait for the unanticipated second game (same as the first) to finish.

Barry Scanlon’s article in today’s Lowell Sun is accompanied by my celebration photo. And speaking of photos, Kyle Gaudette, my colleague at the UMass Lowell Connector, has the lead story in today’s Lawrence Eagle Tribune sports section with a feature about UMass Lowell’s C. J. Smith. Smith, a sophomore,  is the River Hawks top scorer this season. My photos accompanies Lyle’s article. Now that’s teamwork!



C. J. Smith fights off BU defender to gain control of the puck. (Photo/George DeLuca – click for larger size).

UMass Lowell River Hawks vs. Providence Friars in TD Banknorth Garden shootout this Friday!


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George DeLuca
March 14, 2016

First off, this is my first official photo appearance in the Lowell Sun. It’s nice that the pic fits with the lead story in the Sunday Sun Sports section. My father would have loved it. This Friday, I’ll be shooting at the TD Banknorth Garden. It doesn’t get any better.

Sorry to bury the lead, which is the UMass Lowell River Hawks have an opportunity to break the season tie with Providence and move on to another Hockey East Championship finals. Faceoff is Friday at 5pm. The winner moves on to the final round on Saturday.

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UMass Lowell beats BU 3-2 in Hockey East tourney opener


George DeLuca
March 11, 2016

Left winger Joe Gambardella slips a backhander behind BU goalie Sean Maguire as puck enters the net at the left side of the goal. Two BU defenders are caught out of position on the play. UMass Lowell River Hawks won the first game of a three game series 3-2 over BU. Gambardella was assisted by C. J. Smith and Tommy Panico.

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BU defenseman Brandon Hickey (4) reacts as Michael Louria lets a wrist shot fly to put the River Hawks ahead 2-1. Lauria’s goal turned out to be the game winner. BU forward Tommy Kelly (22) and Tommy Kelley (22) look on, unable to stop Louria’s drive.


UMass Lowell defenders Michael Kapla (3), Michael Fallon (23) and Ryan McGrath (10), help ward off a BU Terrier attack on goal tender Kevin Boyle. BU’s Ahti Oksanen (17) and Robbie Baillargeon (19) try to establish position, but are unable to penetrate the River Hawk defensive wall.

UMass Lowell meets the Terriers again today at 7pm at the UML Tsongas Center.

UML River Hawks to host BU in Hockey East playoffs


photos by George DeLuca (click on photos to enlarge)

George DeLuca
March 5, 2016

Michael  Lauria (above) fights off Boston College defenders in a 3-1 home victory following a 3-1 loss a the Conte Forum the night before. The UML River Hawks showed tenacity, resolve, and as Coach Basin said, “a sense of urgency” as they earned a bye in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

The playoffs begin for the River Hawks at home on March 11. Their opponent will be Boston University. The River Hawks beat the Terriers 6-3 on Feb. 13 at the UML Tsongas Center, after losing 2-1 in overtime the previous night.


CJ Smith angles for the goal against BU on Feb. 13

New “UML Filmmakers & Multimedia Club”

February 26, 2016 (updated April 19)
George DeLuca

I’m pleased to announce that the “UML Filmmakers and Multimedia Club” was approved by the UMass Lowell Student Government Association on February 24. As founder, I’ve established the club’s initial direction as noted in its constitution, “The primary purpose of the Club is to support and promote excellence in filmmaking and multimedia throughout UMass Lowell.”

A flagship goal of the club is to initiate and develop the “UMass Lowell Filmmakers Festival.” The kickoff festival and celebration is planned for the Spring 2017 semester. It’ll be open to submissions from UMass Lowell and Middlesex Community College student filmmakers and multimedia specialists. Future festivals will be open to regional colleges.

Other initiatives the club may pursue include, but are not limited to: writing, the arts, graphics, animation, photography, podcasts, website design and development … in other words, all things multimodal and multimedia.

My film short about Lowell artist Janet Lambert-Moore was produced as part of my Multimedia Storytelling class at UMass Lowell during the fall 2015 semester. Although this is one model for submission to the “2017 UMass Lowell Filmmakers Festival,” entrants are encouraged to create and submit their own visions.
Membership is open to all UMass Lowell students, who specify their interest by logging into their CollegiateLink account via UML Filmmakers & Multimedia Club.
Questions about the “UML Filmmaking & Multimedia Club” are welcome and can be forwarded via CollegiateLink or by reply to this post. Additional details will be available during the Fall 2017 semester. Look for our table at upcoming UML Club promotion events!