BOSTON – Coming off a 4-1 victory, the Suffolk men's soccer team returns to James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park Saturday, Sept. 17 for 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest versus Regis.
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LAST TIME OUT
Three different Rams found the back of the net Wednesday afternoon as the Suffolk men's soccer team found its rhythm and with it a 4-1 victory over Pine Manor at Hadley Field.
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RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
For the first time in 2016 Suffolk's fate was decided by more than one goal when the Rams moved to 2-3 on the year thanks to a 4-1 victory at Pine Manor Wednesday.
Once again Alberto Bittan continued his offensive onslaught. The senior forward found the back of the net twice in the win, to stretch his season total to eight, which leads the league. Bittan is responsible for 61.5 percent of the conference's second-highest scoring team's goals. The Venezula native also has one assist to his stat line.
Kyle Van Cleef and Jon Brodeur have each seen action in net for Suffolk. Van Cleef is 1-3 on the season with 25 saves, a .694 save percentage and 2.61 goals-against average. Brodeur picked up his first collegiate win in his first start at Pine Manor. The freshman made seven saves in the 4-1 triumph.
PROWL ON THE PRIDE
Regis snapped a three-game skid Wednesday with a 1-0 win at Lasell to move to .500 on the season (3-3).
Don Gomez and Dillion Lanctot pace the Pride's offense with four points each. Gomez leads the way thanks to a team-best two goals, while Lanctot has dished out team-high two assists and scored once.
Three different goalies have seen action for Regis this season with Manny Santiago owning the majority of the minutes. In six starts, the senior owns a .660 save percentage with 31 saves and a 2.75 goals-against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Suffolk and Regis are an even 2-2 in the all-time series, which started in 2011. The Pride shutout the Rams, 4-0, last season and hold a slim edge in goals scored, 8-7.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK
For the second straight week a member of the Suffolk men's soccer team was honored by the conference as sophomore keeper Kyle Van Cleef was named GNAC Corvias Goalie of the Week following a shutout performance in the Rams' league opener.
Suffolk won its conference opener for the first time since defeating Anna Maria in the first league game of the 2012 season, 9-0.
The Rams shutout over Albertus Magnus Sept. 10 was the first time Suffolk kept an opponent scoreless since a 2-0 win versus Johnson & Wales Sept. 27, 2014.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alberto Bittan picked up the first GNAC Corvias Player of the Week honor of the 2016 campaign, as the senior notched 11 points off five goals and on assist in a two-game opening week for Suffolk men's soccer.
Alberto Bittan knocked in three goals against UMass Dartmouth Sept. 4, becoming the first Ram to register a hat trick since Djibril Niang did so against the Corsairs Oct. 28, 2014.
Suffolk's five goals in the 6-5 setback to UMass Dartmouth Sept. 4 are the most for the Rams since Suffolk matched that number versus Anna Maria Oct. 13, 2014.
For the second straight year, Suffolk Athletics invites all members of Ram Nation to East Boston Memorial Park for a double feature soccer contest and #RamsFanFest Saturday, Oct. 15.
SUFFOLK FREE RADIO
Suffolk Athletics has teamed up with Suffolk Free Radio to bring Ram Nation 17 live broadcasts of Suffolk soccer games this season.
The pre-game shows are set to launch 15 minutes prior to kick-off of all contests and fans can follow along at mixlr.com/suffolkfreeradio/.
Suffolk's Saturday showdown with the Pride opens a four-game homestand with the Rams returning to action at home Monday, Sept. 19 versus Salve Regina. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.