The best moment in sports Saturday didn’t occur on an MLB diamond, an NBA hardwood or on NHL ice. And no, it didn’t occur at Augusta National Golf Club, either.
It took place on a blue-colored lacrosse field in Lowell, Mass.
After scoring 17 goals in her freshman season, UMass-Lowell attack Noelle Lambert got into a severe moped accident on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2016, according to a profile on UML’s website. Injuries sustained in the accident forced doctor’s to amputate Lambert’s left leg above the knee, and she missed her entire sophomore season as a result.
Aided by a prosthetic leg, the Londonderry, N.H., native returned to the field Saturday and scored a goal in the Riverhawks’ 16-1 win over Hartford. The emotional moment was capped off by Lambert’s teammates swarming her on the field.
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With the win, UMass-Lowell moved to 4-8 on the season, while Hartford dropped to 1-9 with the loss. But the story, of course, is Lambert, who offered resounding proof that hard work and commitment to your dreams can help you overcome almost any obstacle.
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