Suffolk vs. Husson
BOSTON – The Suffolk men's soccer team begins its first season under James Boden, as the Rams host Husson Tuesday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park.
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RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
Suffolk enters the 2015 campaign looking to rebound from a 5-10-2 finish in 2014. The Rams will face three straight non-conference opponents after battling the Eagles, before GNAC play kicks off on Suffolk's home turf Sept. 12 versus Mount Ida.
The Rams return a number of its top point scorers from last season. Ben Daniels enters his junior campaign as the Rams captain following a nine-point contribution from a year ago. The defender found the back of the net three times and dished out three assists in 2014.
EYES ON THE EAGLES
Husson's trip to Boston Tuesday marks the defending Northeast Atlantic Conference Champions 2015 season opener and first-ever meeting with the Rams.
A quartet of double-digit point scorers from the Eagles title team return to the pitch with Phil Frost set to lead the way as the senior paced the squad with 11 goals and 28 points in 2014. Frost's classmates Stephen Berenyi and Cam Libbey, along with junior Josh Bean will also be offensive threats.
Between the goal posts Husson will have a fresh face in either a newcomer or junior Steven Paquette, who only saw action in one game last season.
Since 2003, Suffolk is 8-4 in the first game of the season, however, the Rams have dropped back-to-back season openers and look to snap that skid Tuesday afternoon.
PACING THE SIDELINES
James Boden takes over the reins of the Suffolk men's soccer program in 2015. Boden, who is also currently serving as a head coach of F.C. Great Boston Bolts, comes to Boston after working as the varsity coach at Pembroke High School.
Andy Tucker will join Boden on the sidelines as assistant coach this season. Tucker, who played underneath Boden's tutelage, has been on the bench alongside him at Pembroke and the Bolts and the pair work at Boden's company AllGen Athletes.
PRESEASON POLL POSITION
The Rams, who earned 35 points in the GNAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, were pegged to finished eighth ahead of Rivier (20) and Anna Maria (16). The defending GNAC Champion Johnson & Wales is favored to win the league, with Norwich, Albertus Magnus, Lasell and Mount Ida picked to round out the top five.
2015 GNAC MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. Johnson & Wales
3. Albertus Magnus
5. Mount Ida
T6. St. Joseph (Maine)
10. Anna Maria
Suffolk fans are invited to be a part of history Saturday, Sept. 12 as the Rams host their first soccer doubleheader at its new home turf, East Boston Memorial Stadium. The first Rams Fan Fest kicks off with a celebratory ceremony of Suffolk's partnership with East Boston before the women's soccer team hosts Lasell at 1:45 p.m., followed by the men's team battling Mount Ida at 4:30 p.m. The event begins at 12:30 p.m.
The Rams head out on the road for the first time this season Saturday, Sept. 5 when it makes the trip to Pine Manor for a 3 p.m. showdown.