Men's Soccer Ascends In Regional Rankings

Nov. 3, 2009

BALTIMORE - Loyola Unviersity Maryland's men's soccer team moved up to third in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas North Atlantic Region rankings on Monday after a solid weekend of competition.

The Greyhounds (8-6-3 overall, 5-0-2 MAAC) defeated then-No. 22 Iona, 2-0, on Friday, and played to a scoreless draw versus Fairfield on Sunday.

With those results, Loyola clinched a spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for the 21st consecutive season. The Greyhounds have played in every league tournament since joining the MAAC in 1989.

In the North Atlantic Region, Loyola is ranked third, following Monmouth, which is ranked ninth nationally, and Iona. Monmouth defeated the Greyhounds, 1-0, in September.

Adelphi and Fairfield round out the top five in the region, ahead of Quinnipiac, St. Francis (N.Y.), Siena and Sacred Heart. The Greyhounds played Quinnipiac to a 0-0 tie in the season's third match, and they defeated Siena, 3-1, in late October.

Loyola concludes its regular-season this weekend when it travels to Jersey City, N.J., for a 2 p.m. match on Friday, November 6, at Saint Peter's. The Greyhounds then face Manhattan at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 8, in Riverdale, N.Y.