BOSTON – A three-game week for Suffolk men's soccer gets underway Monday, Oct. 17 at Springfield. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Suffolk men's soccer team topped Anna Maria by a 5-1 margin on Saturday afternoon at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park.
RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
Now at 7-6 overall Suffolk has notched the most victories since match that number in 2011.
Suffolk has netted 34 goals this season powered behind Alberto Bittan's 14, a league best, while he also sits atop the conference in points with 32. Jarrett Davis, meanwhile, has dished out a conference-high eight assists to go along with three goals for a 14-point collegiate debut effort through 13 games. Aaron Haggas is second on the team in goals with five with a trio off penalty kicks.
Jon Brodeur has been the Rams' go-to goalie as of late. The freshman keeper sports a 5-3 record with three shutouts thanks to a 1.75 goals-against average and a .720 save percentage.
PROWL ON THE PRIDE
Springfield suffered its first setback of the season Saturday as the Pride dropped a 2-1 overtime battle to Babson. Springfield is 6-1-1 on its home turf and boasts seven shutouts. Overall, the Pride has outscored its opponents 52-9.
Luke Alvaro's powerful 35-point effort off 16 scores and three assists pace a dominant Springfield offense that has five players with double figure points in Christian Schenider (5-9-19), Curtis Bolduc (4-5-13), Cam Powell (6-012) and Danny Murphy (1-9-11). Overall, 23 members of the Pride have a point to their credit this season with 16 finding the back of the net.
Zach Richard has started 12 contests in between the pipes for Springfield. The senior keeper sits at 10-1-1 with two shutouts to his credit, 32 saves (.780) and a 0.87 goals-against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
The Suffolk/Springfield series began last season with the Pride coming out victorious, 4-0.
Suffolk played in its second overtime game of 2016 Oct. 10, but for the first time since 2014, the Rams came out on the winning side when the blue and gold defeated Emmanuel 1-0. The last time Suffolk won an overtime contest was a 2-1 double overtime win against Regis Sept. 17,2 014.
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. 10, Suffolk recorded its fourth cleansheet of the season; the most for the Rams since blanking match that number in 2012.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
After a career day, freshman Jarrett Davis of the Suffolk men's soccer team has beennamed the GNAC Corvias Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Oct. 10
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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).
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.
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.
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 travels to Saint Joseph's (Maine) for a mid-week match Wednesday, Oct. 19. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.