May 18, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College Head Soccer Coach Mark Mettrick has added Ryan Baker, Micah Hoffman and Santigie Kamara to his 2005 recruiting class, joining Josh Taylor and Bobby Shuttleworth as freshmen at Evergreen this fall.
"I'm excited to see what this class can do," says Mettrick. "A number of these incoming recruits should compete for playing time immediately."
Baker is a defender from St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. Coming up through strong Olympic Development Programs (ODP teams), he also plays for Bowie's Soccer United Lightning club team.
Hoffman is a native of Seattle, Wash. and brings a blue-collar attitude to the Loyola midfield. He plays for Edmonds-Woodway High School as well as Crossfire Premier's Under-18 team.
Kamara, who is native of Sierra Leon, attends T.C. Williams High School in Virginia. He also plays for Reston FC and the Potomac Soccer Club Team. A highly skilled athlete who can play a variety of positions, coach Mettrick will likely utilize his skills in an attacking role.
Taylor, a local product who has captained Archbishop Curley the past two seasons, singed with Loyola in February. He also captains his club team, the Baltimore Bays, and has earned all-state, all-metro, all-city, all-county and All-MIAA Conference honors.
Shuttleworth also signed in February. A 6-2 keeper from Buffalo, N.Y. Shuttleworth played for Buffalo United Soccer Club and holds the Nichols High School record with 48 career shutouts and was twice named team MVP. He captained Nichols to a 20-2-1 record this past season, finishing with a 0.27 goals-against average.
Mettrick's recruits join a Loyola team that went 11-6-1 last season, winning a sixth straight MAAC regular season title. The 2005 season kicks off at Princeton's Lourie-Love Field on September 2.