Men's Soccer Heads To New York For Pair Of MAAC Matches

Oct. 13, 2005

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's men's soccer team will take its three-game win streak on the road to New York this weekend for MAAC matches with Marist and Siena. The Greyhounds, who are 2-0 the conference, play the Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie on Friday night and face the Saints in Albany on Sunday afternoon.

The Greyhounds' quick start in the MAAC was aided by Rade Kokovic's goal and assist in last Friday's 2-1 win over Niagara and Vinnie Piscopo's goal and assist in Sunday's 2-0 win over Canisius. Freshman defender Phil Brierley, who played well in both matches, was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week as Loyola quickly became one of only three conference schools to end the weekend without a loss.

Led by its veteran attack. Piscopo leads the `Hounds with three goal and has a team-high seven points while Mark Donnelly, who has two goals and two assists this season, has six points in the eight games he has played.

Last season, Loyola won a pair of 2-nil matches against Marist and Siena - both at home. Nate Lyden scored both of his two goals on the year against Marist while Omar Alfonso and Brian O'Connor each notched goals in the regular season finale with Siena.

This season, Marist is 3-6-1 overall and 1-1 in the MAAC. Last weekend, the Red Foxes defeated Manhattan in overtime and fell to Saint Peter's on the road. Siena is 2-8 overall and 0-1 in the league.

Friday's match with Marist is Loyola's fourth night game this season. The Greyhounds are 1-2 in evening contests and will have only day matches the rest of the regular season. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m., Sunday's match is at 1 p.m.