Greyhounds Conclude Road Swing At Navy Wednesday

Sept. 6, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Navy Midshipmen
Date Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Location Annapolis, Maryland | Glenn Warner Soccer Facility
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Quick Kicks        
• Loyola will conclude a three-game road swing at Navy on Wednesday, before returning to Ridley Athletic Complex to open the home portion of its schedule on Saturday against St. Francis (Pa.).
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 1-0 loss to No. 8 William & Mary last weekend.

Loyola Greyhounds       
• Loyola enters the week with a 1-1 record, beating Adelphi, 1-0, and falling to No. 8 W&M, 1-0.
• Sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano has the lone goal for the Greyhounds this year.
• Graduate senior Kyle Wittman has earned eight stops in goal for Loyola and was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 29.

Scouting Navy        
• Navy is coming off its first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday night.
• Eric Wootten scored the game-winning goal just 35 seconds before halftime.
• Michael Rakoczy and Guy Skord have also notched goals for Navy this year.
• In goal, Aaron Dupere has played 180 minutes, while Gavin Snyder has earned the other 90. Dupere has allowed two goals, while stopping 12 shots. Snyder has allowed four goals and has four saves.

Up Next        
• The Greyhounds will return home for their next three contests; vs. Towson (Sept. 14), vs. Campbell (Sept. 17) and vs. UMBC (Sept. 21). All games will be played at Ridley Athletic Complex.

No. 8 William & Mary Recap    
• National Player of the Week Nicolas Abrigo scored the game-winning goal for the nationally ranked Tribe in the eighth minute.
• Graduate senior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman made four stops for the Greyhounds.
• Prior to the game, the last nationally ranked opponent the Greyhounds faced on the road was No. 4 Monmouth on Sept. 25, 2010, when Loyola handed the Hawks their first lost of the season, 2-0.
• That win is the highest-ranked opponent that the Greyhounds have defeated under head coach Mark Mettrick.

MAAC Honors    
• Graduate senior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman was named the first MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for this season on Aug. 29.
• Wittman stopped four shots in a 1-0 season opening win at Adelphi to post his first shutout of the year and 16th of his career.
• This weekly award marks the seventh time Wittman has been named the league's defensive player of the week.

Adelphi Opener    
• The Loyola men's soccer program began its 69th season at Adelphi, earning a 1-0 win to mark the 44th time in program history that the Greyhounds started the season victorious.
• Sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute of the contest. He was assisted by Stephen Dooley.
Kyle Wittman was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after stopping four shots in the contest - all in the second half - to pick up his 16th career shutout.
Collegiate firsts    
• Sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano notched his first collegiate goal in Loyola's season-opening win at Adelphi.
• Caltabiano's goal came in the 55th minute.
• Five Greyhounds also made their collegiate debuts in the season opener; Cameron Coppola, Vegard Vinje, Joseph Cahalan and Connor Thompson.

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.