Loyola Tabbed to Repeat as MAAC Men's Soccer Champions

Baltimore, MD - Loyola's men's soccer team has been picked to win its third straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) title in 2003, according to a coaches' poll released by the conference offices Wednesday.

The Greyhounds, who have won 10 MAAC regular season titles, 10 conference championship crowns, and have been to three NCAA Tournaments since 1989, are looking to snag their third consecutive MAAC title and NCAA bid. Loyola posted a flawless 8-0-1 league record in 2003 while recording a 13-5-3 overall mark en route to a first round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Loyola was the top point-getter in the poll with 91 points, Fairfield finished second with 88, while Marist received 75 points and Saint Peter's took a close fourth with 71. Siena (60), Niagara (49), Canisius (44), Rider (32), Manhattan (22), and Iona (18) rounded out the voting.

Greyhound sophomore Vinnie Piscopo, who was the team's leading goal-scorer and co-leader in points last year with seven goals and six assists for 20 points, was named to the MAAC's Pre-season First Team.

Saint Peter's Rinaldo Chambers was named the league Pre-season Player of the Year. Chambers, a 2002 All-MAAC First Team selection, led the league in scoring last season with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points.

Loyola begins its regular season when it hosts Big East Conference opponent Syracuse University at the Soccerplex in Germantown, MD on Saturday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m.