June 11, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's soccer will begin a quest to extend its NCAA College Cup appearance streak to four on September 1, and the Greyhounds will host 2008 NCAA Champion Maryland on September 14 at the new Ridley Athletic Complex, Head Coach Mark Mettrick announced.
The Greyhounds, who advanced to their school Division I record third-consecutive NCAA College Cup in 2009, play a nine match non-conference slate before starting Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on October 8.
"We have a very competitive and exciting 2010 out-of-conference schedule," Mettrick said. "It will test our squad and hopefully put us in the best position to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season."
Loyola opens the 2010 campaign with a Wednesday, September 1, game at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. The Greyhounds hosted the Camels, defating them 1-0, in 2008. Campbell is the two-time defending Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Champion.
The Greyhounds will celebrate the men's soccer grand opening of the new, state-of-the-art Ridley Athletic Complex on September 14, at 7 p.m., when the perennial power Terrapins come to Baltimore. Loyola and Maryland played in the 2009 NCAA College Cup First Round with the Terrapins coming away with a close 2-1 win.
Ridley Athletic Complex is the new home of Loyola men's and women's soccer and lacrosse. The 6,000-seat stadium affords fans a dynamic venue to watch Greyhounds' athletics, and it houses the programs in fantastic confines. In addition to fabulous locker room facilities, the Greyhounds have film and media rooms, weight and athletic training facilities and meeting areas.
Loyola, which has won either a MAAC regular-season or tournament title in each of the last three years, hosts William & Mary on Tuesday, September 7, and Quinnipiac on Saturday, September 11. The match against Quinnipiac will also be alumni weekend for the men's soccer program.
Following the Maryland game, the Greyhounds play two more intra-state foes. They head to Towson on Sunday, September 19, and they then host UMBC on Wednesday, September 22. The Loyola-UMBC game is the second of a Greyhounds' soccer doubleheader at 7 p.m. The Loyola women also host UMBC that evening at 5 p.m.
Trips to Monmouth, a team that defeated Connecticut in last year's College Cup First Round, and Villanova of the BIG EAST Conference on Saturday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 29, dot the schedule before the Greyhounds host Adelphi on Saturday, October 2, in their non-conference finale.
Loyola's game against Adelphi, the 2009 Atlantic Soccer Conference champions, will be a part of Family Weekend activities on the Evergreen campus.
MAAC play commences on Friday, October 8, against Manhattan, followed by a Sunday, October 10, date with Saint Peter's.
"Over the last three seasons, the MAAC has produced five NCAA tournament teams, and we expect the league to be very competitive this year."
Road matches at Rider (Saturday, October 16), Canisius (Friday, October 22) and Niagara (Sunday, October 24) come before the Greyhounds close their regular-season home schedule on Friday, Ocbtober 29, against Siena and Sunday, October 31, versus Marist.
Loyola travels to Fairfield on Friday, November 5, and Iona on Sunday, November 7.
The Greyhounds and Ridley Athletic Complex will play host to the 2010 MAAC Championships, as the conference's top four teams in the regular-season gather for the legaue's semifinals on Friday, November 12.
The MAAC Championship Game will be played on Sunday, November 14.