Aug. 26, 2011
The Loyola University Maryland's men's soccer season-opening game at Adelphi on Saturday, Aug. 27 has been changed to a 1 p.m. start, due to potential severe weather on the Eastern seaboard.
|Date||Saturday, August 27, 2011|
|Location||Garden City, N.Y. | Motamed Field|
|Game Notes||Complete Game Notes in PDF Format|
The Loyola men's soccer program begins its 69th season this weekend at Adelphi.
The Greyhounds return seven starters from an injury-plagued team that went 9-7-2 (5-3-1 MAAC) last year, while they also welcome 12 newcomers to the program.
Loyola is 43-21-4 in season openers and 19-11-2 in first games since joining Division I in 1979.
Under head coach Mark Mettrick, the Greyhounds are 6-4-1 in openers.
Loyola and Adelphi have never met in a season opener.
In last year's opener, the Greyhounds tied Campbell, 0-0, in double overtime.
Since joining the MAAC in 1989, Loyola has won 15 regular-season MAAC crowns and 10 conference championships. Loyola has also advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament seven times.
Before becoming a Division I program, Loyola's 1976 squad won the NCAA Division II National Championship, posting a 21-1-0 record on the year.
Saturday's game will mark Adelphi's season opener. The Panthers are coming off their second-straight Atlantic Soccer Conference Tournament title, finished the 2010 campaign with an 11-6-2 record and 2-0-2 mark in the ASC.
Issa Tall, a 2010 All-ASC First Team honoree, is the team's top-returning scorer, finishing last year second on the squad with five goals.
Loyola will remain on the road for its next two matches, traveling to William & Mary on Saturday, Sept. 3, before heading to Navy on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Both contests are slated to begin at 7 p.m.
LOYOLA PICKED SECOND IN MAAC
Loyola was picked to finish second in the MAAC Preseason Men's Soccer Poll.
The Greyhounds received 86 total points in the coaches poll, just two shy of Iona, which was picked as the narrow favorite in the race for the 2011 men's soccer title.
Fairfield was third (73), while Siena (66) and Saint Peter's (60) round out the top five. Marist was sixth (57), followed by Niagara (41), Canisius (35), Rider (27) and Manhattan (17).
PRESEASON ALL-MAAC HONORS
Junior Gerwyn Jones and sophomore Jamie Libby have been named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.
Jones earned first-team All-MAAC honors last year after starting all 18 games for the Greyhounds. Jones led the team in minutes played, with 1,662, and anchored a back line that posted a MAAC-leading six shutouts.
Libby earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors last year after recording three goals on the season. He garnered MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 11 and was named the league's rookie of the week on Sept. 13.
Fifth-year seniors Wade McHugh and Kyle Wittman, in addition to junior Kevin Curran have been named tri-captains this year.
Wittman led the MAAC in shutouts last year, earning six. The six-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week posted a shutout streak of 399:39 minutes last year and has not allowed an individual opponent record a hat trick against him in his 36 career starts.
McHugh will anchor the midfield this year. A two-time MAAC All-Tournament Team honoree, McHugh started 17 games last year and has played in all but three contests in his career. He has notched five goals and nine assists in three seasons for the `Hounds.
Curran returns after sharing the team lead in assists a year ago, distributing seven. He has played in every game throughout his career, starting all but one.
AT THE HELM
Mark Mettrick returns for his 11th season as the head coach of the Greyhounds
Mettrick has compiled at 127-57-18 record at Loyola, guiding the team to five College Cup appearances.
He has also coached Loyola to seven regular-season MAAC championships and four MAAC Tournament titles.
DIVERSITY AMONG THE PLAYERS
This year's roster features players from nine different states, in addition to England, Northern Ireland, Norway and Wales.
Thirteen players call Maryland home, while the roster features one player from Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wales. Three players come from England and New Jersey, while two came north from Virginia.
UNLEASH THE HOUNDS
Loyola will offer free video of all home men's soccer games for the 2011 season.
Loyola will partner with Stretch Internet to provide the content. The department will also continue to offer free audio of games and it will provide live stats through the Stretch Internet portal.
Loyola games that are broadcast will be available on a variety of smart phones, including iPhones, Android and select Blackberry devices. Video, audio and live stats will be available on phone browsers.