ON THE BENCH
Ed Leyden returns to lead Suffolk for his 26th season. During his time on the court, Leyden has led the 24 straight GNAC post-season tournaments.
The Rams will be tested against a tough non-conference slate before a difficult GNAC schedule, culminating in 25 games, with Suffolk playing host 12 times over the season.
- Suffolk is 18-18 all-time in season openers and 14-11 under head coach Ed Leyden.
- The Rams look to return to the win column on day one of the season after slipping to Western New England last year, 66-58.
- Suffolk's last season opening win came at UMass Boston by a 73-70 decision in 2016.
- Suffolk will play in front of its home crowd for the second straight season in the season debut and third time overall. The blue-and-gold is 0-2 when lifting the lid on a calendar on its home hardwood.
- The Rams and Keene State will meet in the blue-and-gold’s first game of a campaign for the first time.
A 13-player roster makes up the 37th edition of Suffolk women's basketball.
- 5 - Rachel LaSaracina | G | Jr. | Colchester, Conn.
- 10 - Jordan Hipwell | F | Jr. | Ballston Spa, N.Y.
- 11 - Jenni-Rose DiCecco | G | Jr. | Falmouth, Mass.
- 12 - Lauren Hill | G | So. | Cobleskill, N.Y.
- 14 - Allie Lopes | G | So. | Scituate, Mass.
- 15 - Emily Welling | F | So. | Warwick, N.Y.
- 22 - Alexis Hackett | G/F | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.
- 23 - Kaliegh Matalonis | G | Fr. | Raynham, Mass.
- 24 - Skylar Rojik | G | So. | Scituate, Mass.
- 31 - Allie Cavollo | G | Fr. | Duxbury, Mass.
- 32 - Lily Patneaude | G | Fr. | Taunton, Mass.
- 33 - Natalie Fraioli | G/F | So. | Sutton, Mass.
- 34 - Gabriella DeComo | G/F | Jr. | Portsmouth, R.I.
Headlining the core returners is the dynamic duo of Jenni-Rose DiCecco and Alexis Hackett. DiCecco, a two-time all-region selection as a sophomore, posted team-best numbers in points (17.0) and assists (4.5) a year ago, and was second on the squad on the boards. Hackett, meanwhile, averaged a double-double of 11.4 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
Juniors Jordan Hipwell (8.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) and Gabriella DeComo (6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg) are back in the line-up as well with their classmate Rachel LaSaracina and sophomores Natalie Fraioli, Lauren Hill, Allie Lopes and Emily Welling looking to contribute more this year.
Lexi (Hackett), Jenni-Rose (DiCecco), Jordan (Hipwell), Allie (Lopes) and Gabby (DeComo) are the core of the team. They are team first kids who are battle tested and look forward to competition. Emily (Welling) is a sophomore who paid the price over the summer and someone whom we have great expectations for.
Suffolk’s 13-player roster represents four states with the bulk of the contingent coming from the Bay State in eight Massachusetts natives. New York has a trio of residents with one student-athlete from Connecticut and Rhode Island, respectively.
Suffolk’s sophomores anchor a well-balanced mix with five members from the Class of 2022. There are a quartet of juniors, three true freshmen and a solo senior, Alexis Hackett.
The Rams’ baker dozen is broken down into six true guards, a pair of forwards and five swing players.
Ten days away from tip-off of the 37th season, Suffolk women’s basketball head coach Ed Leyden has unveiled that junior Jenni-Rose DiCecco and senior Alexis Hackett will team up as the 2019-20 co-captains.
Lexi (Hackett) and Jenni-Rose (DiCecco) are extraordinary student-athletes. They are great teammates, outstanding competitors and lead by example every day in practice.
IN WITH THE NEW
A handful of new faces will put on the blue-and-gold jersey for Suffolk women’s basketball as head coach Ed Leyden added a “solid, competitive, tough group,” of four new players to the Rams’ 2019-20 ranks.
Three true freshmen will make their collegiate debut at Suffolk, while Skylar Rojik transferred to Beacon Hill for her sophomore season from Fairfield. Rams' rookies Alli Cavallo and Kaleigh Matulonis will add to the team's back court strength, while Lily Patneaude and Rojik are swing players.