BOSTON – A day away from its international journey to London, Suffolk men's soccer has announced its 2018 schedule, which features seven matches set to be played on the pitch at East Boston Memorial Park.
The 2018 campaign – Suffolk men's soccer's 35th overall and fourth under James Boden's guidance – will bounce back-and-forth between home and road games throughout the entire duration of the season. For the majority of the way, the Rams will be away from the friendly confines of East Boston for its midweek matchups and play in front of its home crowd all, but two Saturdays of the season.
For the second straight year, opening day puts the Rams against Mass. Maritime with the blue-and-gold venturing to Buzzards Bay Saturday, Sept. 1, before lifting the lid on its home slate two days later when Framingham State visits Eastie on Labor Day.
A trek to Plymouth State Wednesday, Sept. 5 serves as final prep before the blue-and-gold pulls the curtain on its GNAC slate when Rivier heads down to James A. Sartori Stadium Saturday, Sept. 8.
From there it is back on the road as Suffolk meets fresh conference competition in league newcomer Colby Sawyer Tuesday, Sept. 11. A Saturday (Sept. 15) showdown with Lasell precedes a midweek trip to Standish, Maine for a matchup with conference powerhouse Saint Joseph's (Maine) Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Suffolk will tangle with first-year program Saint Joseph (Conn.) Saturday, Sept. 22 before wrapping up September with an away game at Regis (Sept. 26) and a home tilt versus Johnson & Wales (Sept. 29).
See-saw action carries into October as it opens at Albertus Magnus Wednesday, Oct. 3, before Emmanuel heads to the Rams' home turf Saturday, Oct. 6.
Suffolk steps out of conference contests Wednesday, Oct. 10 as it visits Mitchell. The out-of-league action comes before the fourth annual Rams Fan Fest Saturday, Oct. 13, which features a bout with Anna Maria. The afternoon action will also serves as Suffolk's Senior Day.
The Rams wrap up their regular season on the road with a stop scheduled for Norwich Saturday, Oct. 20 and a meeting with Fitchburg State on the calendar on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
In his first season as a full-time coach, Boden looks to continue to bring Suffolk to the post-season tournament and make the program's second championship run and first since 2010. He will rely on his veterans to lead the way including the trio of all-league returners from last season; Jordan Casey (third team), James Fisher (third team) and Christian Restrepo (second team).