Loyola Goalkeepers Earn MAAC Defensive Player Of The Week Awards

Sept. 21, 2009

EDISON, N.J. - Loyola's men's and women's soccer goalkeepers, Kyle Wittman and Brittany Henderson swept the Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference today, following a weekend in which the Greyhounds went a combined 2-0-1.

Wittman helped the Greyhound men hold Towson scoreless in a 1-0 Greyhounds' victory on Saturday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The junior, who was starting the sixth game of his career, made saves on all seven of the Tigers' shots on goal.

Loyola earned the win against its area foe, improving its record to 3-2-2 this season going into a Tuesday night match at UMBC, 7 p.m.

The Greyhounds' defense was solid against Towson, limiting the Tigers' dangerous opportunities. Wittman was great in the second half to preserve the shutout.

He made a diving kick save of a Tommy Appel-Schumacher shot in the 67th minute. He then denied a hard shot by Liam Maloney in the 77th.

Wittman's seven saves matched his career-high set September 11 in a 1-0 double-overtime win against Syracuse, and the clean sheet was the third of his career. In his first season as the Greyhounds' starter in goal, Wittman has started all even Loyola matches and has a 0.65 goals against average, saving 88.2-percent of opponents' shots on goal.

Kyle Wittman registered his third shutout of the season against Towson.

The award is the first of Wittman's career and the first of the season for Loyola.

Henderson, meanwhile, led the Loyola women to a 1-0-1 record in the side's final two non-conference matches of the season.

The 2007 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year allowed just a single goal in 180 minutes of action over the weekend, as the Greyhounds defeated American, 2-0, and tied Old Dominion, 1-1, both on the road.

Henderson finished with 14 total saves, seven in both matches, for Loyola.

The senior was at her best in the two overtime periods versus Old Dominion, saving four Monarch shots to preserve the tie.

In the two matches, Henderson registered a 0.45 goals against average, saving 93.3-percent of opponent shots on goal. This year, Hendreson has a 1.28 goals against average and has made saves on 77.4-percent of opponents' shots on goal. She leads the conference with three clean sheets.

The Greyhound women start MAAC action on Friday, September 25, at 1 p.m. in Western New York when they take on Niagara. Loyola's men play at UMBC tomorrow, September 22, at 7 p.m. before returning home for a Family Weekend match on Saturday, September 26, at 1 p.m. versus Monmouth.