Aug. 16, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team returns to the pitch today for its first practice of the 2010 season. The Greyhounds look to build on a 2009 campaign that saw Loyola win a MAAC Tournament championship en route to the program's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Head Coach Mark Mettrick will benefit from a seasoned group of experienced veterans that return this year as he welcomes this year's team to practice. The squad features 10 seniors, eight of them returning starters from last year's team that led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals and assists and ranked second in shutouts. Loyola finished the year at 11-8-3, compiling a 6-1-2 record in MAAC play.
The 2010 season begins on Wednesday, September 1, with the Greyhounds traveling to Buies Creek, N.C., for a match against Campbell University. Campbell went 7-1-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference last year to capture its second straight A-Sun regular season title. Loyola won the last meeting between the two schools, a 1-0 affair in 2008.
The team then returns to Baltimore for its first regular season match at home, a contest against William & Mary on Tuesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. The Tribe finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association standings last year after a 13-5-1 season.
Following a home match against Quinnipiac, the Greyhounds celebrate the men's soccer grand opening of the new Ridley Athletic Complex with a Tuesday, September 14 tilt against Maryland at 7 p.m. The 6,000-seat stadium will provide a backdrop as Loyola looks to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Terrapins in the first round of last year's College Cup.
Loyola opens the MAAC portion of its schedule with a home matchup against Manhattan on Friday, October 8, at 7 p.m. Loyola and the Ridley Athletic Complex will also host the 2010 MAAC Championships, with the MAAC Semifinals taking place on Friday, November 12, followed by the MAAC Championship Game on Sunday, November 14.