BOSTON – The Suffolk men's soccer team returns to the pitch at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park Saturday, Oct. 1 as it wraps up its homestand with a showdown against Lasell. The GNAC contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's soccer team suffered its first GNAC setback of the season as Johnson & Wales downed the Rams, 4-1, Sept. 24 at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park.
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RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
After picking up back-to-back victories, Suffolk has dropped two consecutive contests to slip to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in league action.
Seven different Rams are responsible for Suffolk's 21 goals this season with Alberto Bittan's 11 leading the way. The senior's goal total is the best amongst the conference, while his assists (4) and points (26) also pace not only the team, but the league. Sophomore Jordan Casey is second on the squad with three goals and three assists for nine points.
Sophomore Kyle Van Cleef and freshman Jon Brodeur have each seen action in net for Suffolk. Van Cleef is 2-3 on the season with one shutout thanks to 27 saves (.675) and a 2.49 goals-against average. Jon Brodeur, meanwhile, is 1-2 with 21 saves to his credit and nine goals allowed (3.02 gaa).
LOOK AT THE LASERS
After dropping its first seven contests of the season, Lasell picked up its first victory of the season Sept. 27, a 12-1 triumph at Wheelock.
Kenan Omerbasic's 10 points off five scores lead the way for the Lasers, with Matteo Frazzoni (3-1-7) and Stephen Blood (2-0-4) also adding multiple goals to Lasell's offense.
Three different keepers have been in between the pipes for Lasell this season. Patrick McAvoy has seen the most action and has 21 saves and a 3.54 goals-against average. Matteo Cugno owns the Laserls's lone victory and sports a .941 save percentage 916 saves) and a 0.50 goals-against average. Jackson Burhans rounds out Lasell's keeper and owns the most saves, 31, and a 3.47 goals-against average.INSIDE THE SERIES
Since 2002, Suffolk trails the series with Lasell, 1-7-4. The lone Rams win came in the semifinals in 2010 by a score of 2-1. Since defeating the Lasers, Suffolk has dropped three games and tied Lasell once. Last season, Lasell shutout Suffolk, 3-0.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK, AGAIN
Alberto Bittan of the Suffolk men's soccer team once again was tabbed the GNAC Corvias Player of the Week after an 11-point, 2-1 week for the Rams the conference office announced Sept. 19.
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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. He repeated a three-goal game performance against Regis Sept. 17, becoming the first Suffolk player to net two hat tricks in one season since Danny Lloyd scored a pair in 2010.
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.
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 heads out on the road for the first time in two weeks Wednesday, Oct. 5 when the Rams visit Mount Ida. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.