May 9, 2013
BALTIMORE - At Loyola’s annual year-end banquet, senior Kevin Curran was voted as the Men’s Leadership Award winner and classmate Hector Arellano was named the men’s Medal of Merit. Curran was also honored as the program’s Most Dedicated Player, while junior Stephen Dooley was the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Curran was the recipient of the Men's Leadership Award, an honor which recognizes the male student-athlete who displays the qualities of integrity, enthusiasm, initiative, leadership, and physical and moral courage. A four-year starter to the program, Curran played in every game of his collegiate career (78). A team captain, Curran led vocally and by example, helping the Greyhounds to win 60 games during his time at Loyola. In addition, as a senior he helped the Greyhounds to the MAAC regular-season title and the top-seed in the MAAC Tournament.
“Kevin was the epitome of a tough, hardworking, resilient, vocal, committed and reliable leader who had the trust and respect of all his teammates and coaches," head coach Mark Mettrick said. "He was extremely competitive and consistently led by example both on and off the field. I think this leadership award is special in that it was voted on by his fellow student-athletes at Loyola.”
Arellano, a two-year starter, earned high academic honors while helping the Greyhounds win the 2012 MAAC regular-season title. A stalwart on the Greyhounds’ central defense, Arellano was selected by the United State’s Navy to be part of their Civil Engineering Corps Officer School and upon graduation, he will enter a program to earn his commission as a naval officer.
“Hector was a great ambassador to the men’s soccer program," Mettrick said. "He excelled on the field and in the classroom and carried himself with class and dignity. Hector was a very honest and hardworking leader who earned the trust and respect of all his teammates and coaches. Similar to Kevin, I think this leadership award is special in that it was voted on by his fellow student-athletes at Loyola”
Dooley missed the first seven games of the season due to injury, but returned to score two goals on his first two shots of the season, leading the Greyhounds to a 4-2 win over James Madison – a squad that had previously knocked off No. 1 North Carolina. Dooley finished the season ranked fifth in the MAAC with 1.21 points per game on six goals and five assists.