Sept. 17, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - With a 4-0-1 overall record this season, the Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team is receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire National Poll, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Tuesday.
The only unbeaten team in the region, the Greyhounds have moved into the top spot in the North Atlantic Region poll for the first time since holding the No. 1 ranking through the entire 2007 and 2008 seasons.
On a national level, with 24 votes in the poll, the Greyhounds are looking to crack into the top-25 for the first time since 2009. That squad began the season ranked 18th after making two-consecutive trips to the second round of the NCAA College Cup.
Led by sophomore Larry Ndjock's league-best six goals and 12 points this year, Loyola is off to its best start since 2008. This marks the sixth time in school NCAA Division I history that the Greyhounds have started the season unbeaten through the first five contests, while it also marks the 17th time in the 71-year history of the program.
In addition, the Greyhounds are one of 25 unbeaten teams in the NCAA this year and one of only 18 that have played at least five games. Loyola is also one of three unbeaten Patriot League squads - Army (5-0-0) and Lafayette (1-0-5) - while the Greyhounds are the only ones receiving votes in the national poll.
Loyola, currently in the midst of a four-game homestand, will host Princeton (Wed., 7 p.m.) and crosstown-rival UMBC (Sat., 7 p.m.) at Ridley Athletic Complex this week. The Retrievers, ranked 21st nationally, are one of the undefeated teams in the NCAA this season, boasting a 5-0-0 record.