BOSTON – Suffolk Athletics saw some of its best performances in recent history throughout 2016-17 with memorial milestones, postseason peaks, record setting moments, honors and more. Now is the time to pit the best of the best against each other in a bracket style competition to see what Ram Nation dubs as the Top Moment of the Year.
Each Tuesday throughout June a new round of the bracket will be revealed at 11 a.m. with voting open until the following Monday at 11 a.m. Please select one moment from each matchup and hit submit to cast your vote. The moment with the most votes in each matchup will advance to the next round. The first round of voting will commence Tuesday, June 7.
As you help Suffolk Athletics determine the best of the best by voting in the bracket, here’s a deeper look at round one, the play-ins.
|MICHAEL & LARRY SMITH FITNESS CENTER OPENS||VS.||VARSITY WEIGHT ROOM OPENS|
|The Michael & Larry Smith Fitness Center was officially opened for business August 30, 2016, providing Ram Nation a state-of-the-art, 5,800-square-foot space to work towards a healthy lifestyle.||Suffolk revamped its second-floor facility and made it a state-of-the-art weight room exclusively for Varsity Athletes in the Summer of 2016.|
|RAM'S BATTERY PLAYS IN NEIBA ALL-STAR GAME||VS.||MEN'S HOCKEY SKATES AT FROZEN FENWAY|
|Suffolk baseball senior captains Matt Brenner and Chuck Gibson were selected to represent the Rams at the 2017 NEIBA All-Star Game, which features the top talent from NCAA Division I, II and III programs across New England.||Thursday, Jan. 5 will go inside Suffolk men’s hockey’s record books as the Rams took the ice at the legendary Fenway Park apart of the Capital One Frozen Fenway 2017.|
|NELSON INDUCTED INTO ECAC HALL OF FAME||VS.||ATHLETICS PARTICIPATES IN WHITE RIBBON DAY|
|Suffolk University Emeritus Director of Athletics James E. Nelson was inducted into the ECAC Hall of Fame apart of the 2017 Class April 28.||For the first time in the 10 years of the event, Suffolk University Athletics, Athletic Director Cary McConnell and the Suffolk University Title XI Office participated in White Ribbon Day, taking a stand in domestic violence.|
|SOFTBALL HOSTS COACHES VS. CANCER GAME||VS.||MEN'S BASKETBALL PARTICIPATES IN NABC SUITS & SNEAKERS|
|Suffolk softball raised just over $1,000 in its annual Coaches vs. Cancer contests with the procedures going towards Pediatric Cancer research.||Jeff Juron and his coaching staff participated in the nationwide Suits & Sneakers event when basketball coaches across the country unite for a common cause – saving lives from cancer. Juron and his staff wore sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness and help save lives from cancer by raising funds and encouraging people to educate themselves about cancer prevention, screening and early detection.|
|MEN'S BASKETBALL MAKES FIFTH STRAIGHT
GNAC POST-SEASON TRIP
|VS.||THREE RAMS NAMED HEROSPORTS.COM
HERO OF THE WEEK
|Men’s basketball made its fifth straight trip to the GNAC post-season as the field’s seventh seed. The post-season appearances marks the 13th overall and seventh bid for the title in the past eight years.||Seven Rams were nominated with three winning the national vote to earn the accolade of HERO of the Week in their respective sports and positions by HeroSports.com. Taylor Holmes and Chuck Gibson took home pitching hero of the week in softball and baseball, respectively, while baseball's Brady Chant earned offensive hero of the week.|
|WOMEN'S GOLF PLAYS FIRST VARSITY MATCH||VS.||MEN'S HOCKEY COMPETES IN INAUGURAL CCC SEASON|
|Sunday, Oct. 2 turned into a historic day for Suffolk athletics as the 2016 women’s golf team took the green for the first time in school’s history in a head-to-head match versus Rhode Island College.||Hockey joined the ranks of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in its inaugural men’s hockey season in 2016-17.|
|FELDMAN NAMED TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY HEAD COACH||VS.||WASYLK TABBED FIRST-EVER WOMEN'S HOCKEY COACH|
|Will Feldman, a fixture in the Suffolk University cross country record books, returned to his alma mater in a new role as the first-ever Head Coach of Track & Field/Cross Country.||Taylor Wasylk returned to her Boston hockey roots as the standout Boston College alumna was selected to build and lead the Suffolk women’s ice hockey team as the inaugural head coach of the program.|
|SCHIEBEL STARTS 100 GAMES||VS.||PAGANO PARKS GRAND SLAM IN GNAC TOURNEY|
|Kelsey Schiebel graduated as one of just four Rams in the program’s history to not only play in, but start over 100 games throughout her career. In her 107 appearances, 102 of which she appeared in the starting lineup, she registered double digits in scoring 35 times, including a career-day of 29 points in 79-62 victory at Pine Manor Jan. 5, 2017. This season she led the way eighth times finishing 85 points shy of the 1,000-point milestone. The 5-foot-3 guard, who hails from Windham, New Hampshire, has also been critical in Suffolk's offense throughout her career, dishing out 290 assists with 83 this year.||Lindsay Pagano broke up a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a grand slam to send the third-seeded Suffolk softball team over the second-seeded St. Joseph’s (Maine) Monks, 5-2, May 4, advanging the Rams into the winner’s bracket of the 2017 GNAC Tournament.|
|HACKETT NAMED GNAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR||VS.||DAVIS GRABS GNAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR|
|Alexis Hackett, who earned a program-record six GNAC Corvias Rookie of the Week awards and was named the best rookie over a seven day stretch by the NEWBA twice, was an unanimous GNAC Rookie of the Year selection. She is the first member of the Rams to take home the award.||Jarrett Davis took home the GNAC Rookie of the Year and third team honors after a stellar freshman campaign for the Suffolk men’s soccer team. With a league-leading nine assists to go along with three scores and 15 points, he became the third Ram to collect the top award for a rookie by the conference and first since Danny Lloyd did so in 2008. The Loudon, New Hampshire local, who was named GNAC Corvias Rookie of the Week twice, total assists finished ninth across New England and landed just outside the Top 25 in NCAA DIII at 32.|
|BRENNER NAMED CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT||VS.||SYLVESTER NAMED NFCA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK|
|Senior Matt Brenner of the Suffolk baseball team was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, one of 11 NCAA Division III players in the New England region honored for combined excellence academically and athletically with first-team District 1 recognition.|| Delaney Sylvester of the Suffolk softball team added more hardware to her growing collection May 3, as the junior picked up Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the Week honors, the first-time in the Rams’ history a player in blue-and-gold was tabbed the best player in the country over a seven day stretch. In a 7-0 week for Suffolk, the Worcester, Massachusetts, product hit .715 with eight runs scored, four walks, two doubles, three jacks, and 10 RBI. Her stellar offense, which featured a 1.998 OPS, transferred to her perfect defense, collecting 31 putouts and one assist behind the plate.