Loyola Opens MAAC Play Hosting Fairfield And Iona

Sept. 28, 2011

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Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Friday, Sept. 30, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Opponent Iona Gaels
Date Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Home Game Promotions    
• Against Fairfield, it will be Loyola Student Appreciation Night in honor of Family Weekend. Any students with IDs can get any friends or family in for free. There will also be special student food deals.
• For the Iona game, it will be Purple Sunday. Kids in Raven’s jerseys will get in free and adults will be half price.
• The game will also be Faculty Appreciation Day, where free tickets will be available for any family members of Loyola faculty with ID.

MAAC Openers        
• The Greyhounds are 21-1-0 all-time in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference openers.
• Loyola has won its last 12 MAAC openers, with its lone loss coming in 1998, a 1-0 decision at Fairfield.
• When playing its first conference game at home, Loyola is 12-0.
• Under head coach Mark Mettrick, Loyola holds an unblemished 11-0 record in MAAC openers.

Loyola Greyhounds        
• Loyola leads the MAAC in goals allowed (6), GAA (0.76), shutouts (4) and corners (5.88).
Kyle Wittman leads the league in GAA (0.76), save percentage (.872) and shutouts (4).
Geaton Caltabiano ranks fourth in the MAAC with eight points, while Stephen Dooley is tied for seventh (6 pts).
Fairfield Stags        
• Fairfield is coming off its first win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Yale on Saturday.
• Jordan Ayris leads the Stags with 0.80 points per game, while he has scored two goals.
• In goal, Michael O’Keeffe has posted a 1.80 GAA and has stopped 4.00 shots per game.

Iona Gaels        
• Iona enters the weekend as the top-ranked team in the NSCAA North Atlantic Regional Rankings and are ranked 28th nationally in the Soccer News Top 30 Poll for the week ending Sept. 25.
• The Gaels will face Rider on Friday night before heading to Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Samuel Adjei leads the MAAC with 29 shots and a 3.62 per game average, while Otto Ansger is ranked second in the league, averaging 3.25 shots per game.
• The duo is also ranked in the top-10 rankings in points, in addition to Franklin Castellanos. Adjei is third with 1.25 points per game, while Castellanos- the league leader in assists (5) - is fifth with 1.17. Otto is tied for seventh with 0.75 per game.
• As a team, Iona leads the MAAC in shots (16.25), points (5.88), goals (2.00) and assists (1.88) per game.

Mettrick System    
• Head coach Mark Mettrick enters the weekend looking for his 200th career victory.
• With a career record of 198-108-33, Mettrick looks to join 43 active Division I head coaches with 200 career victories.
• He entered the season ranked 46th among all active Division I head coaches with 193 victories. He also entered the season ranked 30th with a .631 win percentage.
Sophomore Spark    
• Seven of Loyola’s 10 goals this season have come from a sophomore.
Geaton Caltabiano and Stephen Dooley each have two goals, while Jamie Libby, Diego McQuestion and Vegard Vinje each have one.
• Senior Wade McHugh, junior Gerwyn Jones and freshman Connor Thompson are credited for the other three.

Surprise Attack    
• Nine different Greyhounds have contributed to the attack this year, including eight that have notched goals for Loyola.
• No Greyhound has scored more than one goal in a contest, while more than one Greyhound has scored in the same game three times.

Down the Stretch    
• The Greyhounds have relied on the second half for scoring this season.
• Of their 10 goals, eight were scored in the final 45 minutes of regulation, including six after the 70th minute and one after the 85th.
• Four of the team’s five game-winning goals came in the second half.
• Loyola has also taken 50 of its 85 shots in the second half, with only 35 shots taken in the first.
Scoring Spurts    
• The Greyhounds have twice scored within a five-minute span of time on three occasions.
• In a 3-3 draw at Navy, the Greyhounds tied the game with their second goal of the contest in the 73rd minute. They followed that up with the go-ahead goal in the 76th minute.
• In a 2-1 win against Towson, both of Loyola’s goals game early, the first in the 7th minute, the second in the 9th minute.
• In a 2-0 victory over UMBC, the Greyhounds notched the game-winning goal in the 71st minute and tacked on an insurance goal in the 75th minute.

Efficiency on Attack    
• The Greyhounds have been smart on their shot selection this season and have posted a .118 shot percentage, while Loyola’s defense is holding opponents to a .046 mark. Eleven percent of the Greyhounds’ shots turn into goals, while only four percent of opponents’ do.
• Loyola is averaging 10.6 shots per game, while its opponents are taking 16.4 per contest.
• The Greyhounds are averaging more goals per game, though, with 1.25 goals per contest. Opponents are at 0.75 goals per game.
• In addition, Loyola has stopped 42 of its opponents shots, while opponents have only stopped 20 of the Greyhounds’ attempts.

Steady Defense    
• Loyola’s defense has remained consistent throughout the entire season.
• The Greyhounds have given up six goals this year, three in each half.
• Loyola has also allowed opponents to shoot 131 shots, 66 in the first half, 65 in the second.

Home Sweet Home    
• Loyola plays its home games at Ridley Athletic Complex, a 6,000-seat facility opened in 2010.
• The Greyhounds have posted an 8-4-1 overall record, including an 8-3-1 regular-season mark.
• In 2011, Loyola is 4-0-0 in home games.
• Attendance figures have also soared for the Greyhounds in the new facility, as they averaged 904 fans through six 2010 events.
• Loyola also drew 2,090 fans its game against No. 7 Maryland in 2010, marking the highest attendance figure for that week in games involving a top-25 team.

Last Time Out    
• William Cavallo’s shot hit under the crossbar and bounced in for Quinnipiac, while Geaton Caltabiano’s header hit the post and Jamie Libby’s header was erased due to a foul, and the Bobcats held on for a 1-0 victory.
• The game marked the final non-conference game for the Greyhounds.
• Loyola went 5-2-1 in non-conference play.

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will head to Manhattan (Fri., Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.) and St. Peter's (Sun., Oct. 9 at 1 p.m.) next weekend.