Loyola Hosts No. 11 UMBC In Baltimore Soccer Night Saturday

Sept. 10, 2015

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Opponent No. 11 UMBC Retrievers
Date Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015
Time 7 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.

Loyola Greyhounds (0-3-1, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
• The Greyhounds scored their first goal of the season in a 5-1 loss at Duke on Tuesday.
Junior Brennan Goldsmith notched the first score of the season after he got behind the Blue Devils’ defense and went 1-v-1 with the goalkeeper, finishing classmate Antony Sare ’s througball.
• Only four players on this year’s youthful roster have scored a collegiate goal. Juniors Dylan Engel (1g), Goldsmith (1g) and Jake Heroux (1g) all netted their first career goals last season, while sophomore transfer Joe Rodriguez scored his first collegiate goal while playing for Drexel a year ago. Junior Ryan Tuck , who is out for the season, has also scored twice for Loyola.
• Newcomers make up half of Loyola’s roster, as 10 freshmen and three transfers join 13 returners.
Loyola graduated its top two goal scorers - Joseph Cahalan (4g) and Connor Thompson (3g).
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.

UMBC Retrievers (3-0-1, 0-0-0 America East)
UMBC brings an unbeaten record into the weekend. After opening the season with a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Fairfield in its own Hampton Inn BWI Kick-Off Classic, the Retrievers rebounded with a win over Central Arkansas (5-0) in that same tournament. UMBC then downed Ohio State (1-0) and Oakland (2-1) in its Westin/Sheraton BWI Classic the following weekend.
Darius Madison, a two-time NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team honoree who transferred from Virginia after helping the Cavaliers to the 2014 NCAA Championship, leads the Retrievers  with seven points this season. Madison has scored a team-best three goals and has added an assist.
Kennedy O’Shea is second on the team with five points on two goals and one assist, while Gregg Hauck has a team-best two assists.
Cormac Noel, Joseph Pratt, Michael Scott and Christian Morales have all added one goal.
In goal, Billy Heaver has played all 390 minutes. He’s given up three goals for a 0.69 goals-against average and stopped 11 shots for a .786 save percentage.

Versus The Retrievers
Loyola holds a 19-4-3 overall record against UMBC, but the Retrievers have won two of the last four meetings in the series.
While the two squads played to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in Catonsville, Maryland last season, Loyola’s last win was a 2-0 decision at Ridley Athletic Complex in 2011.
UMBC picked up the wins in 2012 (2-0 in Catonsville) and 2013 (3-1 in Baltimore).
The crosstown rivalry dates back to 1969 when the two programs were members of the Mason Dixon Conference (DII, 1969-76). Throughout that time span, Loyola had an 8-0-1 record vs. UMBC, including beating the Retrievers, 2-1, in the semifinals of the 1974 conference tournament.
Since the two programs joined NCAA Division I (Loyola in 1982, UMBC in 1986), the Greyhounds hold an 8-3-2 mark against UMBC.

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will embark on a three-game road swing, as they head to George Washington (Sept. 19; 1 p.m.), Navy (Sept. 26; 8 p.m.) and Rutgers (Sept. 29; 7 p.m.).