June 15, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Five incoming freshmen comprise the 2004 Loyola men's soccer recruiting class announced by Head Coach Mark Mettrick. Jansen Blake (Canada), Camillo Correa (Long Island), Ray Hassett (Long Island), Michael Mallia (Long Island) and Frank Spanos (Long Island) are all set to join the Greyhounds this fall.
"This recruiting class will definitely strengthen our squad," says Mettrick. "Considering we only lost two starters from last years team and have five new players, we expect the competition for places to be very high."
Four of Mettrick's recruits hail from Long Island, three come from the same high school. Correa, Hassett and Spanos all come from St. John's the Baptist High School where they also teamed up on HBC United, a New York club team.
Hassett was the first to sign with Loyola. A 2002 National Pool Player, Hassett is a very versatile player who can play anywhere on the field. He also brings regional team experience and is expected to compete for playing time immediately this fall.
Both Correa and Spanos are experienced in the midfield and will bolster the position with the loss of 2003 senior co-captain Steven Coleman. Correa is a left-sided player and a very technically gifted player. Similarly Spanos plays in the midfield (as a right midfielder) and also possesses very good technical ability. Mallia is a walk-on eager to fight for time in the midfield.
The Greyhounds bring more of an international flavor to the defense with Blake, who comes from Ottawa, Canada, where he was named the city's High School Male Athlete of the Year. As a defender, he captained his club team, the Ottawa Fury. Mettrick likes Blake's potential and his athleticism.
Loyola opens the regular season on Friday, September 3 when they host Princeton University at Alumnae Field.