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Men's Soccer Opens Season At Home Friday Against Saint Francis (PA)

Aug. 27, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Saint Francis (Pa.)
Date Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Time 6 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Loyola Men’s Soccer
• Loyola is beginning its 73rd season as a men’s soccer program, its 34th year of competition as an NCAA Division I program and its third season as a member of the Patriot League.
• The 2013 season was Loyola’s inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League. The Greyhounds posted a 2-6-1 record in its first season of league play and a 2-5-2 mark last year.
• Prior to joining the Patriot League, Loyola was a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for 24 years, posting an overall record of 167-24-8 in conference games from 1989-2012. Loyola also claimed 16 regular-season titles and 12 MAAC Tournament titles.

Patriot League Preseason Poll
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish eighth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.
• Loyola checked in with 52 points, one shy of Colgate in seventh place.
• Navy was tabbed as the preseason favorite, collecting 152 points and 11 first-place votes, while Boston University was second with 141 points and five points. Bucknell was third with 135 points and two first-place votes and American gathered the final two first-place votes and 118 points.
• Lehigh rounds out the top-five with 90 points and Army West Point is sixth with 85 points.
• Holy Cross (49 points) and Lafayette (25) rounded out the poll at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Loyola Greyhounds (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
• Newcomers will make up half of Loyola’s roster this year, as 10 freshmen and three transfers will join the Greyhounds’ 13 returners.
• Loyola graduated its top two goal scorers from 2014 in Joseph Cahalan (4 goals) and Connor Thompson (3g), but return 56 percent of its offensive production from a year ago, including four goal scorers - Ryan Tuck (2g), Dylan Engel (1g), Brennan Goldsmith (1g) and Jake Heroux (1g).
Danny Mooney (2 assists), John Toher (1a) and Brad Warenicz (1a) all added assists last season.
Matt Sanchez also returns to the goal, where he played every minute of last season. In addition, Sanchez picked up valuable experience this summer playing as the starting keeper for the Puerto Rican National Team through international friendlys and Olympic and World Cup qualifiers.

Newcomers
• Loyola welcomes 13 newcomers to the roster, including 10 freshmen and three transfers.
• Four newcomers are from Maryland. Freshmen Tyler Beaudoin (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) and Wielfried Zouantcha (Germantown, Md./Northwest) call Maryland home, in addition to Matt Bautista (Rockville, Md./DeMatha Catholic), who spent one year at Coastal Carolina, and Alex Ponvert (Bethesda, Md./The Field School), who was at Elon for two seasons.
• With the 13 additions, the Greyhounds added depth to their midfield, defense and goalkeeping units, with five midfielders, five defenders and two goalkeepers joining the mix.
A. Mickey Watson, a high school All-American out of South Kent High School in Connecticut, will highlight the defensive additions, in addition to Jake Campbell (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee), Dan Marino (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), Ponvert and Zouantcha.
• In the midfield, Loyola will look to Sam Carter, a 6-3 midfielder from Archbishop Molloy in Queens, New York, Griffin Kutzner (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug), Joe Rodriguez (Montclair, N.H./Montclair/Drexel), Xander Saling (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Bautista.
• Loyola also picked up one forward, freshman Brandon Levano (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall Coplay).

Saint Francis (PA) Red Flash (0-0-0, 0-0-0 NEC)
• Saint Francis is coming off its first-ever Northeast Conference regular-season title, as the Flash went 6-1 in league play before falling to St. Francis of Brooklyn in the NEC Tournament.
• Francis de Vries, the Flash’s top returning scorer with six goals, returns for his junior season after being named the NEC Defender of the Year.
• Pablo Medina also returns after finishing second on the squad with 11 assists a year ago.
• In goal, Andrew Garcia returns after posting a 0.94 goals-against average and a .806 save percentage last season.

Versus The Red Flash
• Loyola is 2-1-1 against St. Francis, with the two squads playing for the fifth-straight year.
• The Greyhounds won the inaugural meeting, 1-0, at home in 2011 and also earned a 1-0 win in 2013 at Ridley Athletic Complex. In 2012, the squads played to a scoreless draw at St. Francis.
The Red Flash earned the most recent victory, a 2-0 decision in last year’s season opener in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Season Openers
• Loyola is 44-22-6 in season openers and 20-12-4 since joining NCAA Division I in 1979.
This is the second-straight year the Greyhounds open vs. St. Francis (Pa.).

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will hit the road, heading to Philadelphia to take on La Salle Monday at 7 p.m.