Rams Recap: Brillaud Sends Women’s Basketball to GNAC Semifinals
The women’s basketball team advanced to the GNAC semifinals with a 60-45 win over Rivier on Tuesday night at Regan Gym.
Senior Tori Brillaud led the Rams with a season-high 18 points, while Iliana Quadri (14 points), Alessandra Quadri (12 points, 13 rebounds), and Alexandra Nagri (11 points) also reached double digits.
Brillaud scored 11 points in the second half, while shooting 7 of 10 at the free throw line. Suffolk lost to Rivier by 17 points just last week.
The fourth-seeded Rams will play top seed Emmanuel in the semifinals at 7 p.m. on Thursday night.
The men’s basketball season came to an end on Tuesday night when the Rams fells to Albertus Magnus, 108-82, in the GNAC quarterfinals.
Forward Adam Chick led Suffolk with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Caleb Unni chipped in 13 points, while Curtis Casella also scored in double digits with 10.
The Rams finish the season 8-18, but look to have a bright future. Suffolk graduates just two seniors, guard Sam Nwadike and center Tom Gardner.
The Rams clinched the sixth and final seed in the ECAC Northeast playoffs thanks to sophomore Danyil Medvedev’s overtime tally. The goal, scored just 14 seconds into the extra session, solidified a 5-4 victory over Western New England at the Charlestown Rink on Tuesday night.
It was Medvedev’s seventh goal of the season and fourth game-winner.
The Rams fell behind, 2-0, early in the second period, but stormed back with four consecutive goals. Goals from Tim Sprague and Tyler Heineman tied the score, before Stanton Turner gave Suffolk its first lead at 10:18 of the second with his team-leading 16th of the season. Connor Lawrence gave the Rams a 4-2 lead with just 41 seconds to go in the second.
Western New England responded with two third-period goals to force overtime.
Brandon Smolarek made 28 saves for the Rams and improved to 9-10-2.
Suffolk finishes the regular season at 11-12-2 and will face Johnson & Wales in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The teams split a pair of meetings this season and also met in the ECAC quarterfinals last season. Johnson & Wales won that meeting, 7-0.