Sept. 20, 2013
|Date||Saturday, September 21, 2013|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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Baltimore Soccer Night
• Loyola will host the battle of Baltimore's unbeaten men's soccer teams Saturday night as it tries to break the all-time attendance record at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• The Greyhounds (5-0-1) bring a five-game win streak into the contest, while the Retrievers, ranked No. 21 in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire National Poll, are on a 15-game win streak that dates back to last season. UMBC is 6-0-0 this season.
• In addition, the game will be webcast on NSCAATV.com.
Greyhounds To Be Featured On NSCAA TV
• The NSCAA has selected the Greyhounds’ game versus UMBC on Saturday, Sept. 21 to be featured in its NSCAATV College Soccer Spotlight broadcast.
• Heading into this weekend’s play, the local rivals sport a combined 7-0-1 record, with Loyola holding a 3-0-1 record and UMBC recording an undefeated 4-0-0 mark.
• Dave Johnson, who serves as Comcast SportsNet’s television play-by-play voice for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United and the radio announcer for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, will call the acion.
• Keith Tabatznik, former head coach at Georgetown, will be the color analyst.
Loyola Men’s Soccer
• Loyola is in its 71st season as a men’s soccer program, while this is the Greyhounds’ 32nd year of competition as an NCAA Division I program.
• It is also Loyola’s inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League.
• The Greyhounds were members 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 in that time.
• The Greyhounds, unbeaten so far this year and coming off five-straight wins, have posted their best record to start the season since 2008. The 2008 squad opened the year 5-0-1 and finished the regular season unbeaten, at 17-0-1.
• In addition, this year marks the fifth time in school Division I history that the Greyhounds have been unbeaten through their first six games, while it is the 14th time in the 71-year history of the program that Loyola has not lost in its first six contests.
• Sophomore Larry Ndjock leads the offense with a Patriot League-best seven goals, while junior Connor Thompson is second on the team with three goals. Seniors Stephen Dooley and Diego McQuestion are the only other Greyhound with a goal this season.
• In goal, seniors Zach Kane and Thurman Van Riper , in addition to freshman Jordan Watson, have all seen time, with each earning at least one win. Van Riper has earned two shutout victories, while Watson has the other clean sheet.
• UMBC, ranked No. 21 in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings, brings a 15-game unbeaten streak into the weekend, including a 6-0-0 mark this season.
• The Retrievers are paced by Pete Caringi, who leads the nation with eight goals and 18 points, while Geaton Caltabiano, a former Greyhound, leads the NCAA with six assists.
• Phil Saunders has played every minute in goal, posting a 1.14 goals-against average and a 58.8 save percentage. In six wins, he has not recorded one shutout victory.
• As members of the Mason Dixon Conference (DII, 1969-76), Loyola had an 8-0-1 record versus UMBC, including beating the Retrievers, 2-1, in the semifinals of the 1974 conference tourament.
• Since both teams joined Division I (Loyola in 1982, UMBC in 1986), the Greyhounds hold an 8-3-1 mark against UMBC, including a 4-0-0 record at home.
• In the last four meetings, the squads are 2-2, with both winning their respective home game.
• UMBC used two goals in a six-minute span to beat the Greyhounds, 2-0, in Catonsville last year.
• Despite the defense making six saves, Loyola’s offense struggled, as it had nine shots to the Retrievers’ 20 and had a penalty kick saved in the game.
• Loyola will close out its four-game homestand on Saturday, Sept. 28, when it hosts Holy Cross at 7 p.m.