June 9, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Head Coach Mark Mettrick has announced the addition of nine players to his 2006 recruiting class. Six midfielders, two defenders and a goalie join Michael Cacace and Michael McTigue, who signed early in February.
Loyola's latest editions include midfielders Anthony Amato, Joey Dussault, Greg Howard, John Navas, Colin Vose and Buster Wiand as well as defenders John Sabatini, Nathan Witte and goalkeeper P.J. Tucker.
Amato, unlike the rest of the class, is a sophomore who earned his spot on the team as a walk-on last spring. He is a native of New Jersey like Navas, who played for the highly successful Ironbound Soccer Club out of Newark. Navas is one of two midfielders recovering from a knee injury and Coach Mettrick hopes that both he and Howard, who also suffered a recent knee injury, will be ready to contribute in the fall.
Howard is one of two left-sided midfielders coming in and should give Loyola a lift in that area of the field. Vose, a native of East Falmouth, Mass., is the other left-sided player that could help the Greyhounds immediately.
Dussault and Witte both hail from Texas, where they played for successful club teams. Dussault played club soccer with the Fort Worth Futbol Club while Witte played for Dallas Texans 88 Red West. Coach Mettrick likes their work ethic and feels they "bring good energy with a healthy and competitive approach to the game." Dussault should see time in the midfield while Witte will play in the back with Sabatini, another hard-working freshman.
Tucker is a goalkeeper with a lot of club soccer experience with PSC Coppa. He is also recovering from a leg injury, but will bring depth to the goalkeeper position and expects to compete immediately.
Wiand comes in with much more experience, including two NCAA Tournament appearances. He played three years at Lafayette College and served as team co-captain last season. He will complete his eligibility as a graduate student at Evergreen, bringing immediate leadership to the squad.
"We have some good veteran players returning and hope this class will embellish the team," says Mettrick. "We have a lot of new faces and I'm excited to see what the year will bring."