BOSTON, MA—Suffolk University (2-0-0) scored two goals midway through the first half and tacked on two more in the second stanza to defeat UMass Boston 4-1 in the Beacons season opener Tuesday at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) scored the lone Beacons goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the first half but it wasn't enough for a UMass Boston (0-1-0) team that dominated the stat sheet. Defenseman John DeStefano (Auburn, NH) picked up the assist on Johnson's goal, as he sent a long free kick towards the box that Johnson knocked home.
Christian Gnonlonfoun scored his first two goals of the season with two second-half scores. Jeff Williams and Tyler Parmalee added goals, while Alberto Benhamu tallied two assists.
Freshman Nicholas Chamma paced the Rams to their second straight 4-1 victory with six saves in seven shots.
Parmalee started off the scoring when he forced a turnover in the Beacons end and knocked the loose ball into the bottom right corner of the net past Dowd at the 24:46 mark. Less than five minutes later Williams made it 2-0 off of a free kick. Benhamu sent a strong free kick into the box and Williams managed to head it into the right corner to make it 2-0.
The Beacons showed life just moments later when DeStefano fed a long free kick to Johnson. The senior midfielder took on a defender and Chamma one-on-one and finished the ball with a jumping strike that bounced by Chamma for the Beacons lone goal.
Gnonlonfoun put the game out of the reach in the second half. The towering substitute increased Suffolk's lead to 3-1 with a shot to the far post that beat Dowd in the 61st minute. He all but ended the game at the 77:15 mark, when he hammered home a loose ball off a header from Ben Rollins.
UMass Boston had the advantage in shots at 19-12 and corner kicks 7-3 but only managed to put seven shots on net, compared to eight for the Rams.
The Beacons will take to the road for five straight contests starting Thursday when they travel to Emmanuel College for a 7:00 p.m. game.