Men's Soccer Tabbed Preseason MAAC Favorite By Coaches' Poll

Aug. 11, 2004

Baltimore, Md. - Omar Alfonso and the Greyhounds are once again the team to beat in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The preseason coaches' poll was released today and Loyola is the early favorite with 95 poll points. Alfonso was named the preseason MAAC Player of the Year while sophomore Gabriel Ortega earned a spot on the men's soccer preseason team."Both Gabe and Omar are obviously coming off very good freshmen years," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "We hope that they continue to grow and build on last season's success."Alfonso, who led the nation in freshman scoring last season with 17 goals and 40 points, was the 2003 MAAC Player of the Year as well as the conference's Rookie of the Year. He was named an NSCAA Regional All-America and finished the season with five game-winning goals."Omar had a spectacular rookie season and has high expectations," says Mettrick. "He will have to deal with some pressure, but we hope he has another remarkable year."Ortega, who joins Alfonso on the preseason All-MAAC team, started all 21 games for Loyola on defense last year. He picked up MAAC All-Rookie Team honors and was a second-team All-MAAC selection while anchoring a defense that allowed 1.23 goals per game.Loyola edged out Fairfield, who picked up 92 poll points and was picked to finish second in the conference. Marist, St. Peter's and Siena round out the coaches' poll Top-5. The Greyhounds, which have won 11 MAAC regular season titles and 10 championship crowns since 1989, are coming off an 11-7-3 season in which they won a fifth consecutive regular season conference crown."Over the past three years, the men's soccer teams in the MAAC have improved," says Mettrick. "I expect this season to be a very competitive race with a number of teams in contention."The Greyhounds open the regular season on Friday, September 3 when they host Princeton University on Alumnae Field. That game is slated for a 4 p.m. start.
Preseason Coaches Poll
Saint Peter's63

Preseason All-MAAC Team
Andrew FrankelGoalkeeperFairfield
Fabien LewisBackCanisius
Alex CunliffeBackFairfield
Gabriel OrtegaBackLoyola
Tomislav RogicBackMarist
Bill AndroutsosMidfieldFairfield
Danny AttwellMidfieldFairfield
Doug NarvaezMidfieldSaint Peter's
Mike TroyForwardFairfield
Omar AlfonsoForwardLoyola
Keith DeteljForwardMarist

Preseason Player of the Year
Omar Alfonso, Loyola College