Van Riper Tabbed MAAC Defensive Player Of The Week

Aug. 27, 2012

EDISON, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland junior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.

Van Riper played all 110 minutes in the Greyhounds’ season opener at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday and stopped three Red Flash shots to record his first career shutout. With the 110 minutes of scoreless action, the Groton, Mass., native ran his current shutout streak to 112 minutes and 13 seconds.

Loyola and Saint Francis – a program that has run its record to 13-1-2 in his last 16 home contests – played to a double-overtime scoreless draw at the Stokes Soccerplex.

This marks the first career weekly award for Van Riper and the first for the Greyhounds this season. Van Riper is also the first Greyhound to be tabbed the league’s defensive player of the week since former goalkeeper Kyle Wittman earned the award on August 29, 2011.

Loyola will be back in action this weekend when it returns home to host La Salle and Cal State Northridge as a part of Kickoff Weekend. Loyola will face the Explorers on Friday in the first game of a double-header with the Greyhounds’ women’s soccer team at 6 p.m. The Matadors will then visit Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.