Oct. 27, 2009
New York, N.Y. - Loyola's men were picked tied for fifth and the women were tabbed for seventh place in preseason voting by the league's head coaches it was announced this afternoon at MAAC Media Day in mid-town Manhattan. Jamal Barney was named to the Preseason Second Team on the men's side and Kaitlin Grant was selected to the Third Team for the women.
Two-time defending champion Siena was chosen by nine of the 10 men's coaches to repeat and all four of its returning starters received a spot on Preseason All-MAAC teams. The Saints (99 points) were followed by last year's runner-up Niagara (87) and Rider (82), which received the other first-place vote. Fairfield (67) was selected one spot above the Greyhounds (45) with Loyola's point total being equaled by Saint Peter's for the tie for fifth. Canisius (43), Manhattan (40), Iona (30) and Marist (12) rounded out the voting.
Rider's senior guard Ryan Thompson was selected as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year and was the only member of the first team not from Siena or Niagara. Saints Edwin Ubiles and Ronald Moore were joined by Purple Eagles Bilal Benn and Tyrone Lewis on the five-man first team made up exclusively by seniors.
Barney, who led the MAAC in scoring last season as a sophomore, is joined on the first team by Siena's Alex Franklin, a senior, and junior Ryan Rossiter. Senior Greg Nero from Fairfield and Saint Peter's junior Wesley Jenkins round out the second five. Canisius' Greg Logins and Frank Turner, Rider's Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson and Darryl Crawford from Manhattan comprise the third team.
Four-time defending champion Marist was a unanimous selection on the women's side, as was Iona in second. The selections rounded out with Canisius, Rider, Saint Peter's, Fairfield, the Greyhounds, Siena, Manhattan and Niagara.
The Red Foxes Rachele Fitz was named the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year on the heels of consecutive Player of the Year trophies. Grant was the lone Loyola selection among the 15 Preseason All-MAAC performers.