Waltham, MA - Brandeis University sophomore midfielder Lee Russo (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) scored four goals to Brandeis University over the visiting Albertus Magnus College Falcons, 5-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Men's Soccer Championships.
Russo was the star of the game, scoring all four first-half goals and assisting the lone tally of the second half. He scored his first two goals under a minute with junior midfielder Theo Terris (Concord, MA/Concord-Carlisle) earning both assists. At the 10:05 mark, Russo converted a terrific through ball from Terris that released him one-on-one versus the Falcon keeper. At 10:31, Terris headed the ball to the left sideline near midfield. Russo tracked it down and dribbled the length of the field, blasting it home from just inside the box.
In the 26th minute, Russo completed the hat trick on another long through ball, this one by junior back David McCoy (Weymouth, MA/Catholic Memorial). With just under five minutes remaining in the half, senior forward Steve Keuchkarian (Watertown, MA/Watertown) played a ball from the right sideline over to the left side of the box with Russo one-timing the finish for his fourth goal of the game. In the 53rd minute, Russo returned the favor, assisting Keuchkarian who finished the pass to make teh score 5-0.
Brandeis outshot AMC, 28-11, for the game, but Albertus freshman goal keeper Donato Piroscafo (Naugatuck, CT/Naugatuck) had eight saves on the night, including a brilliant stop on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. Freshman goal keeper Francois Brown (New Haven, CT/Wilbur Cross) had one stop in 16 minutes of action. Brandeis's senior goal keepers Taylor Bracken (North Andover, MA/St. Johns Prep) and Matt Lynch (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth) had three and two saves, respectively.
With the win, #4 Brandeis improves to 10-7-1 moving on to the ECAC Semifinals while #5 Albertus Magnus closes its record breaking season at 15-6-1.