MEN'S SOCCER EDGED AT SUFFOLK, 3-2, IN SEASON OPENER

Sept. 8, 2009

Box Score

SOMERVILLE, MA - Freshman Ben Rollins (Lee, NH) netted two goals in the game's final fifteen minutes to help the Suffolk University men's soccer team (2-0 overall) defeat University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-2 Tuesday afternoon. The Beacons fall to 0-1 in their season opener.

Rollins answered just forty-five seconds after UMass Boston had tied the game at 2-2, with the game winner converting a pass from sophomore Danny Lloyd (Tegucigalpa, Honduras).

Rollins put home his first goal of the game just fourteen minutes earlier when put home a loose ball to give the Rams a 2-1 edge. The Beacons' Verly Jean (Somerville, MA) evened the game at 2-2 when his shot bounced over the head of Suffolk goalkeeper Jack DeJesus (Swampscott, MA).

Both teams entered the second half in a 0-0 tie before UMass Boston scored the game's first goal three minutes into the period on a shot by freshman Luis Saquich that trickled past DeJesus.

Both teams had opportunities in the first half but neither team could get on the board. Rollins nearly put the Rams up early twenty-seven minutes in as his header just sailed over the net, while Beacons' junior Alex Cavallero's (Lenox, MA) shot bounced off the crossbar nine minutes later.

Lloyd netted his third goal of the young season in the game's fifty-fourth minute. The fleet footed forward made a shifty move helped by superb passing by seniors Bernhard Lotterer (Lima, Peru) and Arman Palian (Belmont, MA) for the Rams' first tally of the day.

DeJesus made six saves in the game to preserve his second victory of the season, while senior keeper Domenick Persuitte (West Barnstable, MA)stopped four shots for UMass Boston.

The Beacons will be back in action on Thursday as they host Eastern Nazarene College at 3:30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center, while the Rams begin their conference schedule as they travel to Newton to take on Lasell College at 1:00pm on Saturday.