SOMERVILLE, Mass.-- Sophomore Nick Celia (Hanson, Mass.) completed a hat trick by netting the game-winner with 2:23 remaining to lift Suffolk to a 4-3 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s soccer victory over Saint Joseph’s (Maine) Saturday afternoon at Dilboy Stadium.
Celia converted an indirect kick off the foot of senior Marco D’Andrea (Belmont, Mass.) on the game-winner for the host Rams (3-2, 1-1 Great Northeast), as the duo combined to net all four Suffolk markers on the day. Celia gave the hosts an early 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute on an D’Andrea feed, but the visiting Monks (2-4, 1-2 Great Northeast) evened matters just 59 seconds later on an unassisted marker off the foot of sophomore Doug MacCallum (Hingham, Mass.) to forge a 1-1 tie at the break. D’Andrea gave the Rams the lead back at 2-1 just 4:58 after intermission after converting a feed from freshman Adrian Brendel (Munich, Germany) for his fourth goal of the season, and Celia notched his second tally of the day off another D’Andrea pass in the 64th minute to extend the Suffolk edge to 3-1.
Saint Joseph’s struck for a pair of markers in less than two minutes to even the contest at 3-3, as MacCallum’s second score of the match on an assist from senior Shannon DeShield (Pembroke, Bermuda) in the 76th minute that was followed by junior Lane Hubacz’s (Mapleville, R.I.) conversion of sophomore Andre Cushing’s (Hampden, Maine) corner kick in the 78th minute set up Celia’s late heroics for the hosts.
Freshman Jack DeJesus (Swampscott, Mass.) picked up his third win of the season in goal for Suffolk with a four-save effort, while sophomore Greg Cavanaugh (Haverhill, Mass.) made five stops in net for Saint Joseph’s as the Rams outshot the Monks by a 15-10 margin for the contest.
Suffolk travels to Newton, Mass. on Wednesday afternoon to take on Lasell in a Great Northeast match that begins at 4:00 p.m., while Saint Joseph’s hosts Maine-Farmington in a non-league match on Tuesday afternoon in Standish, Maine that also begins at 4:00 p.m.