Dec. 2, 2002
BALTIMORE--(Dec. 2) --Loyola men's soccer players Niall Lepper (Glasgow, Scotland), the two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year, and Reb Beatty (Annapolis, Md.), the four-time league Goalkeeper of the Year, have each been named to National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic regional First Team.
Lepper earns All-South Atlantic first-team honors for the second straight year, while Beatty is a three-time All-South Atlantic pick who jumps from third-team all-region status in 2001. The pair were the leaders of Greyhound teams that reached the NCAA tournament in both 2002 and 2001 and ranked as high as No. 8 nationally during that time. Lepper and Beatty are two of just 11 players in the region to earn first-team All-Region status.
A sweeper, Lepper started every game in which he played in his three years at Loyola after transferring from Mount Saint Mary's. A three-time first-team All-MAAC selection, he also scored 22 career points (eight goals, six assists) as a specialist for Loyola on penalty-kick and set-play opportunities. Lepper is only the second Greyhound player (along with Christof Lindenmayer '00) to earn MAAC Player of the Year honors twice.
Beatty played nearly every minute of every game from 1999-2002 in goal, compiling a career goals-against average of under 0.75 and finishing in the top 10 nationally in Division I in that category three times. His 43 career shutouts are a program record, surpassing the previous mark of 42 held by Shawn Boehmcke '93. Also a two-time Academic All-MAAC selection, he was a four-time first-team All-MAAC pick.
The 2002 Greyhounds finished 13-5-3 overall, 8-0-1 in MAAC play, and earned their second straight MAAC title and NCAA bid. Loyola fell to eighth-ranked Furman, 2-0, in an NCAA First Round game in Greenville, S.C., Nov. 23.
Maryland placed a region-high three players on the NSCAA South Atlantic Regional first team, while Loyola, William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth each had two selectees to the team.