|Opponent||La Salle Explorers|
|Date||Monday, Aug. 31, 2015|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pa. | McCarthy Stadium|
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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 (0-0-1, 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), and return just three goal scorers - 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.
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 12 additions, the Greyhounds added depth to their midfield, defense and goalkeeping units, with five midfielders, four 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).
La Salle Explorers (0-1-0, 0-0-0 A-10)
La Salle opened its season with a 4-2 loss to Bucknell Friday night. Joe Farrell scored both of the Explorers' goals in the contest, while seven other players recorded shots.
The Explorers return 17 of the 20 goals they registered last season, including Farrell, who scored seven goals and added four assists, en route to A-10 All-Conference Second Team honors.
Goalkeeper Mike Kirk also returns for his senior season after tallying six shutouts and a 1.20 goals-against average last year.
Versus The Explorers
Loyola holds an overall record of 9-1-0 when facing La Salle.
The two programs met every year from 1982-91 as members of the MAAC, with Loyola winning all five of those contests.
When the series was renewed in 2012, the Explorers claimed their first victory, a 1-0 win at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds won the last two meetings though, a 5-3 decision in Philadelphia in 2013 and 1-0 in overtime last year in Baltimore.
The Greyhounds are 44-22-7 in season openers and 20-12-5 since joining NCAA Division I in 1979.
This was the second-straight year Loyola opened vs. St. Francis (Pa.).
Loyola will return home to host Old Dominion on Saturday.
Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m., at Ridley Athletic Complex.