Nov. 8, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland will host the 2010 Chick-fil-A Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship this weekend at the Ridley Athletic Complex as the Greyhounds look for their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Men's College Cup.
The tournament action begins on Friday, November 12 with two semifinal games. Second-seeded Siena faces off against No. 3 seed Iona at 3 p.m. before top-seeded Saint Peter's plays No. 4 seed Loyola at 6 p.m.
Loyola compiled a 9-6-2 record this season and a 5-3-1 tally in the MAAC, entering the tournament by way of a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over Niagara. The Greyhounds hope to add their 13th MAAC Championship in program history after a season highlighted by a 2-0 road shutout of then-No. 4 Monmouth and a 4-3 overtime win against Marist to book the team's spot in the Championship. Phil Bannister leads the team with 21 points and Glenn Leitch follows with 13.
Saint Peter's enters Friday's semifinal with an 11-5-1 overall and a 7-1-1 record in MAAC play. The Peacocks tied Loyola, 1-1, on October 10 at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Peacocks rank fourth in the MAAC in goals (30 in 17 games) and points (82) and lead the MAAC in goals allowed (18) and shutouts (six).
Siena and Iona meet in the first MAAC Championship semifinal game at 3 p.m. Iona handed Siena one of its two conference losses this year with a 2-0 Gaels win in New Rochelle, N.Y. on October 17.
Siena narrowly missed out on the tournament's top seed after losing in overtime to Niagara on Sunday. The Saints bring a 10-7-1 overall record and a 7-2-0 MAAC mark to Baltimore. Siena leads the conference in nearly every offensive category, holding advantages in goals (48), assists (42) and points (138). Forward Emery Welshman also leads the MAAC in goals (13) and points (29).
Iona rounds out the field with the third seed after a season that saw the Gaels go 8-8-1 overall and 6-3-0 in the MAAC. Iona guaranteed its spot with a 2-0 win over Loyola on Sunday. The Gaels boast one of the MAAC's toughest defenses, tying with Saint Peter's atop the goals allowed category with 18 and ranking third in shutouts, with five.
Tickets are available for purchase on maac.ticketleap.com. All-session passes, which gains fans access to both semifinal matches and the championship game, are available for $25 per championship. Single-session tickets can also be purchased--$15 for adults and $5 for students.
The MAAC will offer also free live statistics and premium live video for three games. Visit MAAC Tournament Central for more information.