May 20, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD - Despite having had its No. 1 player go down with a season-ending injury early in the fall season, Loyola's men's tennis team, under the leadership of senior captain Jon Falcichio, still managed to grit out a .500 record.
After sophomore No. 1 John Laramie went down, a number of players were forced to play up one or two positions and impressively, all responded to the challenge.
This feisty crew of Greyhounds was led by the example and the play of senior No. 3-man Jon Falcichio. Falcichio worked his way from playing at the No. 8 singles position as a freshman to playing at the No. 3 singles position as a senior, showing his teammates that hard work truly does lead to significant accomplishments. Not only did the Neptune, NJ-native play at the No. 3 slot in 2003-04, but Falcichio had lots of success at that position as well as in doubles competition throughout his senior campaign. In addition to his play, Falcichio occupied his captainship beautifully as he helped mold together a relatively young team that was forced to deal with a number of injuries. Falcichio helped lead his Greyhounds to a 49-47 record from 2001-2004.
Junior Nick Bowers was another upperclassman asked to step up his game when Laramie went down. The Philadelphia, PA-native, who was a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic team selection, did just that as he was bumped from playing at No. 3 singles in the fall to playing at No. 1 singles in the spring. Bowers also teamed with fellow junior Dan Schiemel for a third straight year in doubles competition and performed extremely well.
Junior Adam Wessinger, another MAAC All-Academic team selection, also raised the level of his game as he went from playing No. 6 singles last year to having a winning record at the No. 4 spot this spring. Along with having a solid singles season, Wessinger combined with Laramie for an impressive 7-1 doubles mark during the 2003 fall campaign.
Another key factor in Loyola's success this year was the stellar play of freshman John Curren. As a rookie, Curren was pitted at the Nos. 5 and 6 singles positions and seemed to adjust to the collegiate game immediately. The Fairfield Prep-alumnus posted the best record on the team, his 16 wins were the most wins on the team, and he played well under pressure as he went 3-0 in singles competition at the MAAC Tournament.