Nov. 14, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Head Men's Soccer Coach Mark Mettrick was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Greyhounds to a sixth straight regular season MAAC title.
Mettrick, who completed his fifth year at Evergreen last week, has won the regular season conference title in each of his five seasons at Loyola. Under his tutelage, the Greyhounds have compiled an impressive 64-24-10 record and went 9-0 in the MAAC this season.
With six players on this year's All-MAAC list, Mettrick has now led 32 of his players to All-MAAC status. This season's first-team members include senior Kevin Nash and sophomore Gabe Ortega and Rade Kokovic.
Nash, an All-MAAC rookie selection in 2001, finished his senior campaign with five goals, four assists and 14 points. He was second on the team in scoring, behind Kokovic, who also had five goals, but added a team-best nine assists. Ortega was a leader in the backfield, helping the `Hounds hold opponents to 1.6 goals per game.
Sophomore Omar Alfonso was Loyola's lone second-team All-MAAC selection, completing his sophomore season with two game-winning goals, three total goals and six assists.
On the all-rookie squad, freshmen Ray Hassett and Frank Spanos earned recognition after a tremendous first season at Loyola. Spanos scored four goals from the midfield while Hassett played all over the field with extreme versatility and success.
Loyola ended the year with an 11-6-1 overall record, winning more than 10 games for the seventh consecutive season.