Oct. 25, 2010
EDISON, N.J. - Two members of the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference awards as Glenn Leitch won MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Kyle Wittman took MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after a pair of weekend wins, the league announced today.
Senior forward Glenn Leitch’s (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) three goals and senior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman’s (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) 11 saves and two shutouts propelled Loyola to a 2-0 win over Canisius on Friday and a 1-0 victory over Niagara on Sunday, giving the team seven wins over an eight-game unbeaten streak to place the Greyhounds in a tie for first place in the MAAC.
The awards mark the fifth straight week Loyola has won at least one MAAC weekly award and the fifth straight time the Greyhounds have taken home the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week award. Loyola has won 12 MAAC weekly awards this year to lead the conference.
Wittman earns his fourth MAAC Defensive Player of the Week award and second straight with the honor. The senior goalkeeper made a season-high eight saves against Niagara and three against Canisius, securing his sixth shutout of the year and third consecutive clean sheet. He has not been scored on in 349:31 and leads the conference in goals against average (0.97) and shutouts (six) and ranks second in save percentage (.794).
This week marks the season’s first MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honor for Glenn Leitch, who shares the award with Niagara’s Emery Welshman. Leitch provided all of Loyola’s scoring over the weekend, netting three goals in the two wins. Leitch recorded four shots on goal and eight shots overall in scoring his first three goals of the season and played 90 minutes in both matches. Loyola has gone 5-0-1 since Leitch has made his first appearance this season.
Loyola hosts Siena on Friday in a pivotal MAAC tilt, as the Saints will enter the match one point behind Loyola in the standings. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Greyhounds then face Marist on Sunday at 1 p.m.