Suffolk vs. Emmanuel
BOSTON – The Suffolk men's soccer team entertains cross town and GNAC rival Emmanuel in a Columbus Day matchup at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's soccer team saw its two-game win streak come to an abrupt halt Saturday afternoon as Norwich shutout the Rams, 4-0, at Sabine Field in GNAC action.
MORE READING: Norwich Quiets Men's Soccer, 4-0
For the fourth time in 2016, the Suffolk men's and women's soccer teams will be playing in a double header. The men's squad gets Monday's showdowns started as the Rams take on the Saints at 1 p.m., followed by the women's contest versus Emmanuel at 3:30 p.m. The men are 1-2 when playing in a Suffolk double feature, while the women's squad is 2-1 in a double header.
RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
Suffolk split a two-game week, shutting out Mount Ida, 4-0, before suffering the same score setback at Norwich to move to 5-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference play, which is good for fourth in the standings.
Nine different Rams account for Suffolk's 28 this season with Alberto Bittan's 11 leading the way. Aaron Haggas is second on the squad with four goals, while Jordan Casey and Jarrett Davis have three tallies apiece. Bittan (4), Davis (4) and Casey (3) have each played a role in 11 other scores for the Rams with the trio leading the blue and gold in assists.
Netminders Jon Brodeur and Kyle Van Cleef have each started multiple games for the Rams. Brodeur stands at 3-3 with 30 saves on the year for a .698 percentage to go along with a 2.17 goals-against average. Van Cleef, meanwhile, is 2-3, on the year with 27 stops and a 2.49 goals-against average.
SOMETHING 'BOUT THE SAINTS
Emmanuel has the GNAC's second-best offensive team as far as goals (30) and assists (22) are concerned. The Saints played to a 3-0 triumph over Anna Maria Saturday, its second straight win, to improve to 5-6-2 on the year and 2-2-1 in league action.
Colin O'Donnell's 23 pints (10g, 3a) puts him in the team lead and has him setting second in the GNAC rankings in points, behind Suffolk's Bittan (26). Alex DeSaulnier has also found the back of the net six times, while Justin Connor and Henri Morrison have each two tallies.
Jonathan Ferrarini has a 1.98 goals-against average, letting through 25 goals in 13 starts, while making 71 saves to pick up a 5-6-2 record on the year with two cleansheets.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Since 2002, Suffolk is 10-4 against Emmanuel thanks to winning the first eight meetings. Last season, the Rams defeated the Saints, 2-1, with a second-half two-goal effort.
Suffolk notched back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2013 when it blanked Anna Maria (4-0, Sept. 21) and Eastern Nazarene (3-0, Sept. 25).
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. On Oct. 5, Suffolk recorded its third cleansheet of the season, the most for the rams since blanking four opponents in 2012.
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.
MORE READING: Bittan Grabs GNAC Corvias Player of the Week, Again
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.
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 remains at the friendly confines of Eastie Saturday, Oct. 15 when the Rams entertain Anna Maria in Suffolk's second annual Rams Fan Fest. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.