|Suffolk University||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Top-seeded Saint Joseph’s College (15-1-4, 8-0-1 GNAC) handled #4 Suffolk University (9-10-0, 6-3-0 GNAC), 5-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament Semifinal at Westerlea Way Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s advances to the GNAC Championship game for the fourth time in the last eight seasons.
With the loss, Suffolk’s 2016 season comes to a close, save for an ECAC Tournament berth.
Saint Joseph’s all but put the game out of reach in the first 10 minutes of play, as freshman Noah Robinson scored off a Cody Elliott pass at the 6:13 mark and junior Trevor Lopes made it a 2-0 game with his fourth tally of the year, off a Brett Mattos feed, four minutes later.
The 2-0 advantage remained until the 58th minute when freshman midfielder JoJo Strobino potted an unassisted marker and junior Daniel Fox and sophomore Jesse Ramirez tacked on insurance goals in the 72nd and 82nd minutes, respectively.
The Rams, denied by SJC sophomore keeper Blake Mullen on a pair of close range shots in the second stanza, finally found the board in the 88th minute when senior forward Alberto Bittan took advantage of a defensive lapse and slipped a shot far post past sophomore Zack Moody, who entered the game in place of Mullen just minutes earlier.
Saint Joseph’s held advantages in shots (19-13), shots on goal (9-5), and corner kicks (10-3) on the afternoon.
For the Monks, Mullen tallied three stops in 83:49 between the pipes while Moody allowed a goal and made one save in 6:11 of mop-up duty. Suffolk freshman netminder Jon Brodeur posted three saves in the losing effort.