Rams Fall Recap: Women’s Soccer Advances to Finals
Junior goalkeeper Melissa Brouillette (Shelton, CT) made 16 saves for Suffolk, while senior Taylor Miranda (Smithtown, NY) put away the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 victory over the Simmons College Sharks on Tuesday evening to secure the Rams’ trip to the GNAC finals.
The Sharks had plenty of scoring opportunities all night as they put out 28 shots in the contest, but could not get anything past Brouillette, who recorded her 16th career shutout and 4th of the season on Tuesday. Miranda’s deciding goal in the 71st minute of play was her team leading 14th of the season.
Junior Lisa Gambale (Swampscott, MA) put away the deciding goal in Suffolk’s dramatic 4-3 shootout victory over St. Joseph’s College in the GNAC quarterfinals last Saturday afternoon to lead the Rams to the semifinals for the second time in three seasons.
Suffolk will now take on top-seeded Lasell College in the GNAC Championship on Saturday, November 9th at 1:00pm. It will be the second time the two teams square off for the conference crown and automatic berth into the NCAA Division-III Tournament. The Lasers have won all eight of the meetings between the two teams, and defeated Suffolk earlier this season, 4-0. Tuesday’s win improves Suffolk’s record to 7-11-1 on the 2013 season.
In their first GNAC tournament appearance since 2006, the women’s volleyball team was shutout in the quarterfinals, 0-3, by the Emannuel College Saints on Tuesday evening, despite an early, confidence-powered lead.
The Rams showed confidence early, racing out to an 8-3 lead in the first set, powered by the hitting of seniors Sarah Arbogast (Chesterfield, MO) and Hailey Atkinson (Branford, CT). However, the Saints capitalized on a few errors to win the first set and opened the second set with aces in three of their first four points. The Saints jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the third set en route to securing the 3-0 sweep.
Suffolk was led by Atkinson’s 8 kills and 9 digs. GNAC kills leader Tori Brillaud (North Andover, MA) struggled offensively, but notched 9 digs for the Rams in the backrow. Arbogast finished with 9 assists in the effort.
With the loss, the Rams finished the season with a 16-14 overall record and a 5-6 record in GNAC play. Suffolk finishes with an above .500 winning percentage for the first time since the 2003 season.
The women’s tennis team took all nine matches for a 9-0 sweep of the Albertus Magnus College Falcons in the GNAC quarterfinals, but the Rams’ saw their season come to a close with a 3-6 setback at the hands of the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats in the semifinal round on October 26th.
Freshman Aidiana Sagyndykova (Almaty, Kazakhstan) was the lone Ram to earn multiple victories on the day. Sagyndykova took the victory in the top singles match as she won in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-1. Sagyndykova and senior Adrianna Garrett (Plymouth, MA) would partner earlier in the afternoon for an 8-6 victory in the top double contest. Senior Allison Weisenbach (Hamden, CT) earned Suffolk’s only other point on the afternoon, as she was victorious in the number five singles game posting 7-5, 6-3 set wins.
Sagyndykova was a first-team All-Conference selection and was also named to the All-Tournament team by the GNAC for the 2013 season. She finished the season with a 5-3 record as she competed in 8 of Suffolk’s 14 matches and was a perfect 4-0 in the two playoffs contests as the Rams’ number one singles player.
With the loss, the Rams ended their season with a 5-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in GNAC play.
The men’s soccer team saw their 2013 season come to a close on October 26th as they suffered a tough 0-1 shutout against Rivier University. Although the Raiders were outshot on the afternoon they were able to score when it mattered most. Suffolk’s offense was led by Tyler Parmelee (Colchester, CT), Djibril Niang (Dakar, Senegal), and Alberto Benhamu (Caracas, Venezuela), who combined for 16 shots, 7 of which were on goal.
With the loss the Rams finished the 2013 season with a 4-13 record overall and a 2-7 record in conference play.
The men’s golf team competed in the two day NEIGA Championships on Sunday, October 27th and Monday, October 28th. They had their best finish thus far in the New England Championship, placing fifth among the 22 New England D-III schools and 14th overall.
Juniors Chris Taggert (Peabody, MA) and Luke Ferrari (Milton, MA) finished in the top 30 out of a 190-player pool. Taggert had the best finish on the team where he tied for 22nd place, shooting a 154 and was 10 over par. Ferrari tied for 29th place with a shot total of 155 and was 11 over par for the tournament.
Congratulations to all of our Fall student-athletes and best of luck to all Seniors. Go Rams!
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