BOSTON – Two days removed for its first victory of the season, the Suffolk men's soccer team returns to James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park as the Rams host Lesley under the lights Monday, Sept. 12. Game time is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The reigning GNAC Corvias Player of the Week, Alberto Bittan was the deciding factor in the Suffolk men's soccer opener as the senior scored the lone goal to lift the Rams over Albertus Magnus at Celentano Field Saturday afternoon.
RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
Now 1-2 on the year, Suffolk returns to its home turf - James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park - where the Rams suffered one-goal setbacks to Newbury (3-2) and UMass Dartmouth (6-5) to open the season. The Rams lone victory of the season, also a one-goal decision, came in the conference opener at Albertus Magnus Saturday.
Alberto Bittan's strong presence has made a powerful impact for the Rams with the senior producing league-leading numbers in goals (6) and points (13). The forward's six goals account for 75 percent of the blue-and-gold's offense this season. Sophomores Jordan Casey and Alvin Di own the Rams' other two tallies with Casey leading the team in handouts (2).
Kyle Van Cleef has been the Rams' go to backstop, making the fourth-most saves in the league (18). The sophomore netminder owns a .667 save percentage and 3.00 goals-against average.
LOOK AT THE LYNX
In all three of Lesley's contests this season, the Lynx have been shutout, falling victim to Eastern Nazarene (2-0), Mount Ida (1-0) and Dean (8-0).
Out of the Lynx's 40 shots, 15 have been on target. Nuno Pereira's 11 attempts lead the way, but only one has been on net. Angel Ruiz, meanwhile, has sent six shots towards to the goal out of his nine shots.
James Webb has seen every minute of action in between the pipes for Lesley. The Lynx's competition has scored 11 times on the junior, who made 16 saves.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Since the series began in 2006, Suffolk and Lesley have met every year except 2013. The Rams trail the series, 1-5, with their lone victory coming Sept. 27, 2012.
EYES ON THE GAME
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 stops by Pine Manor Wednesday, Sept. 14 for a 3:30 p.m. contest.