BOSTON – The results have been tallied and Ram Nation has spoken, voting Men’s Soccer GNAC Semifinal run as its Top Moment of 2016-17.
More than 2,500 votes were casted in the second annual bracket-style challenge to select the fan’s favorite moment from the past year. The squad’s GNAC glory chase went up against one of its own in the championship round of the bracket, cruising past Jarrett Davis’ league rookie of the year accolade to capture the top moment crown.
Suffolk’s men’s soccer squad finished the regular season with its best league ledger since joining the GNAC ranks in 1999 with a 6-3 mark to secure home field advantage in the quarterfinals as the fourth seed. Thanks to Jordan Casey’s two-goal effort and a stand-up performance by the blue-and-gold’s defense anchored by an eight-save effort by freshman Jon Brodeur in net, Suffolk punched its semifinals ticket with a 2-0 win over Albertus Magnus in the first round.
In its third overall semifinal trip, first under two-year head coach James Boden, and first since 2010, the Rams headed to regular-season champ Saint Joseph’s (Maine). Suffolk’s season came to a close by the hands of the tournament’s top seeded Monks, 5-1, to finish the year 9-10 overall.
The 2016 Suffolk men’s soccer season saw six student-athletes recognized by the conference with all-league honors highlighted by Davis’ rookie of the year nod with the freshman garnering third-team accolades as well. Senior Alberto Bittan was named to the first team, classmate Ben Daniels and Casey picked up spots on the second squad with freshman Christian Restrepo joining Davis on the third team. Alex Ypsilantis, meanwhile, was named to the all-sportsmanship team, which was established to honor one player from each team in the conference for outstanding dedication to sportsmanship and for their portrayal of good sportsmanship, fair play and positive attitude.