BOSTON – The Suffolk women's soccer team continues on the road to GNAC glory as the seventh-seeded Rams head to No. 3 Albetus Magnus Wednesday, Nov. 2 for a semifinals showdown. The contest is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on Stretch Internet.
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2016 GNAC WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Sunday, Oct. 30 - Quarterfinals
Game 1: #1 Lasell defeated #8 St. Joseph (Conn.), 2-0
Game 2: #4 Saint Joseph's (Maine) defeated #5 Simmons, 3-1
Game 3: at #3 Albertus Magnus defeated #6 Emmanuel, 1-0
Game 4: #7 Suffolk defeated #2 Johnson & Wales, 2-1
Wednesday, Nov. 2 – Semifinals
GAME 5: #4 Saint Joseph (Conn.) at #1 Lasell – 2:00 p.m.
GAME 6: #7 Suffolk at #3 Albertus Magnus – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Championship
GAME 7: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner
LAST TIME OUT
Jennifer Martin scored on a free kick with less than 10 minutes remaining to break a 1-1 tie and help the seventh-seeded Suffolk women's soccer team stun No. 2 Johnson & Wales, 2-1, in the GNAC Quarterfinals Sunday night at the Scotts-Miracle Gro athletics Complex.
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RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
Thanks to its dramatic quarterfinals victory at Johnson & Wales Sunday night, Suffolk moved to 11-9 on the season, tying the 2011's squad (11-8-1) for the second-most victories in program history. Wednesday's meeting with Albertus Magnus will mark the 21st game for the Rams, which marks the longest season for Suffolk in the 10-year history.
The Suffolk's annals have the 2016 squad all over the top three with the Rams 11 game-winners ranking atop the record books. The blue and gold's numbers in goals (48), assists (34), points (130) and shutouts (130), meanwhile, all rank third.
Individually, Alexandra Nagri is just three goals shy of tying Suffolk's single season record of 22 as the junior has put away 19, top on the team and third in the league. Her 44 points, however, lead the way for both the squad and conference. Her classmate counterpart Jennifer martin is also among the league best, scoring 16 goals and notching 34 points, which both rank fifth in the conference. Junior Fellow junior Jessica Harmon has set up the most Suffolk shots with a team-best seven assists, which is good for third amongst conference competition.Kirsten Weiker has held down the goal posts for Suffolk. The sophomore keeper boasts 110 saves (.780) and has allowed 31 goals-against (2.20) in nine victories and 16 appearances this season.
Albertus Magnus, the conference's third seed, blanked No. 6 Emmanuel, 1-0, to advance to the semifinals with a 10-7-1 record. The Falcons take a three-game win streak into the meeting, all of which are shutouts.
Offensively, the Falcons top goal scorer, Danielle Polvan, has found the back of the net 10 times this season. Polvan is also the team leader in points with 23. Other major contributors to Albertus Magnus' attack include Alexya Alves (5-3-13), Angelina Piccirillo (6-1-13) and Kerrigan Loughman (2-6-10).
In net, Lexie Feen has started 16 games, making 66 saves (.767) and has allowed 20 goals for a 1.37 goals-against average. Ryan Clark and Cassidy Scofield have also seen action between the pipes. Clarks own two shutouts an 8-0 cleansheet at Mitchell and a 6-0 win over Norwich.
WE MEET AGAIN
The Suffolk women's soccer team saw its five-game win streak come to a screeching halt Oct. 19 as the Rams fell 7-0 at Albertus Magnus at Celentano Field.
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INSIDE THE SERIES
Suffolk and Albertus Magnus will meet for 12th time Wednesday night. The Rams look to snap a five-match skid against the Falcons.
Suffolk will be making its six appearance and first since 2014 in the GNAC post season tournament. The Rams, who are seeded seventh, advanced to the semifinals for just the third time in program history thanks to upsetting second-seeded Johnson & Wales.
In the semifinals, Suffolk is 2-0 including a 1-0 win at Albertus Magnus in 2011, which marks the lone meeting between the Rams and Falcons in the post season.
After a stunning conference quarterfinals 2-1 victory at second-seeded Johnson & Wales Sunday night, Jennifer Martin and Kirsten Weiker of the seventh-seeded Suffolk women's soccer team garnered GNAC Corvias weekly honors, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Martin took home player of the week, while Weiker picked up goaltender of the week recognition.
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SIX SCORES AND FIVE YEARS AGO
Suffolk put away six second-half goals in the regular season finale at Mass. Maritime Oct. 25, marking the most goals for the Rams over 45 minutes since the blue and gold netted seven in the second stanza in a 12-0 win over Anna Maria Oct. 24, 2012.
Suffolk strung together its fifth straight win Oct. 17, marking the longest streak for the Rams since stringing nine victories together from Sept. 28 – Oct. 6, 2010.
HATS OFF, AGAIN
Alexandra Nagri notched her third collegiate hat trick against Pine Manor Oct. 17 and second of the season. She is the first Ram to net three goals in two outings over one year since Leslie Hayden netted three hat tricks in 2011.
Nagri and Jennifer Martin have each accomplished the three-goal game feat this season.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Rams wrapped up their home slate, 6-2, the best percentage at home since a 6-2-1 ledger on the friendly confines of Suffolk's turf in 2011. The six victories tie a program best and were achieved by the Rams for the third time in the program's 10-year history.
In the 9-0 victory Wednesday night at Wheelock, Suffolk poured in the most goals (9) since scoring 12 in a 12-0 shutout win over Anna Maria Oct. 24, 2012. The nine tallies are the fourth most goals all-time in the program's 10-year history, with the Rams' tallying nine goals on two other occasions, both 9-0 wins – Oct. 14, 2009 vs. Mass. Maritime and Oct. 13, 2010 vs. Newbury.
Jennifer Martin, who is the first Ram with a multi-goal game since Alexandra Nagri netted two in the season finale last season at Mount Ida, racked up four tallies in the 9-0 triumph at Wheelock Wednesday. Her offensive outpour, she ties the fourth-most goals in a single-game by a Ram and is the most goals by a Ram since Leslie Hayden and Lauren Cameron netted five and four, respectively at Anna Maria Oct. 10, 2011. The junior is also the first Ram to net a hat trick since Nagri did so in a 4-3 win at St. Joseph (Conn.) Sept. 19, 2015.
The winner of the semifinals showdown between the Rams and Falcons will advance to the championship Saturday, Nov. 5 versus the victor of #4 Saint Joseph's (Maine)/#1 Lasell.