Patriot League Play Begins For Men's Soccer At Holy Cross Saturday

Sept. 25, 2014

Game Information
Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Saturday, September 27, 2014
Time 1 p.m.
Location Worcester, Massachusetts | Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium
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Saturday’s Contest
• Saturday will mark the start of Loyola’s second season of Patriot League play.
• Both squads bring unbeaten streaks into the contest, with Loyola going unbeaten through its last four contests and Holy Cross posting an unbeaten streak of three-straight games.
• The Greyhounds have only faced Holy Cross one other time, in their inaugural Patriot League contest last year. Loyola fell 2-1 to the Crusaders at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Conference Openers
• This marks head coach Steve Nichols’ first Patriot League contest.
• In Loyola’s inaugural Patriot League opener, Holy Cross handed the Greyhounds a 2-1 loss at Ridley Athletic Complex last year.
• As members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1989-2012), the Greyhounds posted a 21-3-0 record in conference openers.

Last Time Out
• Sophomore Ryan Tuck scored in the 51st minute, heading in a free kick from sophomore Laurin Vogel, to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead at then-No. 21 UMBC last Saturday.
• The Retrievers scored their equalizer in the 67th minute, but Loyola was able to step up defensively and held UMBC without a shot attempt during the two overtime periods to earn the 1-1 double-overtime tie with their local rivals.  
• Sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez made three saves in goal to move Loyola’s unbeaten streak to four-straight games. 

Loyola Greyhounds (3-2-2)
• Four Greyhounds - seniors Joseph Cahalan and Connor Thompson, and sophomores Jake Heroux and Ryan Tuck - have goals this season, while sophomore Laurin Vogel has assisted three of Loyola’s five goals.
• Tuck leads the way with four points on a team-best two goals, while Vogel's three assists are tied for first in the Patriot League.
• Thompson scored the game-winner against Howard and Heroux scored the game-winner at Drexel. Vogel assisted both of those goals, while freshman Brad Warenicz assisted Tuck’s equalizer at Stetson.
• Cahalan notched the game-winner just 18 seconds into overtime against La Salle, putting away the rebound of sophomore Dylan Engel’s previous shot, and then Tuck recorded his second goal of the year at No. 21 UMBC.
• Cahalan, Thompson and Heroux have all scored game-winning goals, while both of Tuck’s scores have resulted in ties for the Greyhounds.
• Sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez has played all 670 minutes and has recorded three shutouts.
• Five players made their debuts as Greyhounds vs. St. Francis; Sanchez in goal, sophomore midfielder John Toher, sophomore transfer Dolu Oyewole, Engel and freshman Brad Warenicz.
• Freshman Danny Mooney earned his first action at Campbell. 

Holy Cross Crusders (2-2-2)
• Holy Cross brings a three-game unbeaten streak into this weekend’s game, as its coming off a 2-1 win over Quinnipiac, a 4-1 win at Sacred heart and a 2-2 double-overtime tie against Dartmouth, respectively.
• The Crusaders opened the season with a 1-1 double-overtime tie against Hartford, before suffering 0-2 losses at both Providence and Monmouth.
• At home, the Crusaders are unbeaten this year, posting a 1-0-2 record.
• Holy Cross, taking a similar amount of shots throughout the first and second half of play, has capitalized on second-half scoring opportunities this season, as six of its nine goals have come in the second half of play.
• The Crusaders are giving up more second-half scoring opportunities as well, though. With nine goals allowed, seven of those were scored in the second half.
• Justin Carfora has had a hand in over half of Holy Cross’ goals this season and leads the offense with seven points on two goals and three assists. Brad Ross and Arno Rupp have also contributed two goals this year, while Joey DeVivo, Yuji Callahan and Luke Melody have accounted for the other scores.
• In goal, Kevin Wright has played 573 minutes, giving up all nine goals for a 1.41 goals-against average. He’s also stopped 22 shots for a .710 save percentage. 

Series Record
• Holy Cross won the inaugural meeting between the two programs last season, beating the Greyhounds 2-1 to take a 1-0-0 advantage in the series. 

Patriot League Players of the Week
• Sophomore Ryan Tuck has been named the Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks this season.
• Tuck scored his second goal of the season in the 51st minute of a 0-0 game at No. 21 UMBC on Saturday, when he headed in a free kick from sophomore Laurin Vogel
• The Retrievers were able to find their equalizer in the 67th minute, but Tuck and the defense held their local rivals without a shot throughout the two overtime periods, securing the 1-1 tie at Retriever Soccer Park.
• Tuck was also named the league's defender of the week on September 15 after scoring the equalizer in Loyola's 1-1 double-overtime tie at Stetson on September 13. 

Up Next
• Loyola will return home to host Colgate next weekend.
• The Greyhounds and Raiders will meet Saturday at 1 p.m., at Ridley Athletic Complex.