LOWELL -- It wasn't easy, but the UMass Lowell hockey team is heading back to Boston for the Hockey East semifinals.

Facing a winner-take-all game at the Tsongas Center on Sunday afternoon, the River Hawks nipped Vermont, 2-1.

UML won the first game, 3-2, before Vermont rallied for a 3-2 victory.

UML improved to 23-10-4 and increased its chances of making the NCAA Tournament again.