Nov. 3, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - With six wins and 19 points, Loyola's men's soccer team sits atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings for the fifth year in a row. The Greyhounds earned the No. 1 seed at this week's conference tournament, winning their fifth consecutive regular season MAAC championship.
Loyola entered last weekend's competition in third place, but wins over Canisius and Niagara pushed the Greyhounds past Fairfield and a Siena loss on Sunday gave Loyola the regular season title.
"To win five years in a row is quite an accomplishment," says Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick. "Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get a No. 1 or No. 2 seed at the conference tournament so I'm very pleased with the way things turned out."
The Greyhounds closed the regular season with a 9-6-3 overall record and a 6-2-1 conference mark. Their No. 1 seed gives them a bye in the MAAC Championships' first round. The 'Hounds will face winner of Canisius and Iona on Thursday afternoon in Orlando, Fla.
"The regular season is over," says Mettrick. "Whoever we play will be prepared and I expect a battle. Every team is going to Florida thinking they can win."
This season, Loyola defeated both Canisius and Iona, beating Canisius 2-0 and Iona 5-0. Both wins came at home with freshman goalkeeper Justin Chelland starting both shutouts. Freshman forward Omar Alfonso, who led Loyola with 15 goals this season, combined for four goals against the two teams.
Loyola has won the last two MAAC tournaments, defeating Fairfield in the 2001 championships game and beating Marist in the 2002 title contest. The Greyhounds would need to win three tournament games to win this year's title. The 2003 MAAC Championship Game will be played on Sunday, Nov. 9 at noon.
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