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Patriot League Play Resumes For Men's Soccer Saturday Versus Lehigh

Match Information
Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md.
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Saturday’s Game
Loyola started Patriot League play with a 3-0-0 record, marking its best start to conference play since winning its first three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games in 2009.
The Greyhounds are the lone unbeaten team left in League play, sporting a 3-0-1 record, while they’re also riding a six-game unbeaten streak.
Loyola’s first three Patriot Leaugue wins, a 2-0 win at Lafayette, a 2-1 overtime victory over Navy and a 1-0 win at preseason favorite American, marks their best start to conference play since they won their first three MAAC contests in 2009.
Loyola followed that up with a 3-3 tie against Boston University and a 1-1 tie at St. John’s to extend its scoring streak to 10-straight games, its longest since scoring in 12-straight in 2012.
Loyola is the lone Patriot League team to score against American this season, as the Greyhounds snapped the Eagles’ 212 minute shutout streak in League games.

Loyola Greyhounds (5-5-2, 3-0-1 Patriot League)
Since the Patriot League’s inception in 1990, the most amount of wins a team has posted after coming off of a winless season in conference play is three. Before the Greyhounds this season, Army was the first, going 3-3-0 in 2000 after posting an 0-5-1 record in 1999.  
In scoring eight conference goals on 46 shots, Loyola’s .174 shot percentage tops the League.
Freshmen Brian Saramago, the current NSCAA Division I Player of the Week, and Barry Sharifi lead the Greyhounds offensively this season. Saramago is tied for first in the League with 1.27 points per game, recording 14 on six goals and two assists, while Sharifi is tied for first among all League players with five assists and is eighth in the League with 1.10 points per game.
Saramago was also named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week this week, in addition to being honored as the Patriot League’s Offensive and Rookie of the Week and the NCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week.  
Eleven Greyhounds have made their collegiate debuts this season; freshmen Nico Brown, Michael ColaoJosh Fawole, Shane Kastl, Morgan Lussi, Saramago, Sharifi and Jonathan Sousa; redshirt freshman Sam Carter and sophomores Tyler Beaudoin and Joe Nichols.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (4-7-1, 1-3-0 Patriot League)
The Mountain Hawks are coming off a loss at home, falling to Army West Point, 4-1.
Mark Forrest leads the team with four goals, with three coming against Seton Hall. He also leads the Mountain Hawks with 11 points and is second in assists (4).
In goal, Jacob Gottwald has started seven games and played 638 minutes, but it was Will Smith who got the start in the last outing, making a career-high eight saves against the Black Knights.
Smith has gotten five starts this season and has a 1.33 goals-against average and a 0.774 save percentage through 475 minutes of play, while Gottwald has played a majority of the time, posting a 1.55 GAA and 0.744 save percentage, including two shutouts.

Versus The Mountain Hawks
This will be the fourth all-time meeting between the Greyhounds and the Mountain Hawks.
Lehigh leads the series 2-1, after using a penalty kick to earn a 1-0 victory in last year’s match.
Lehigh was also victorious at Ulrich Sports Complex in 2013, capitalizing on a defensive miscue in the 20th minute for a 1-0 victory, while the Greyhounds used overtime in 2014 to knock off the Mountain Hawks, scoring in the 107th minute for the 2-1 win.

Up Next
Loyola will have a week before it heads to Army West Point for a 7 p.m. match on Saturday.