CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Senior defender Nicole Wahlig has been named to the 2016 Preseason All-Patriot League Team, while the Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team has been picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll, as released by the League office Wednesday.
Wahlig started all 18 games for the Greyhounds in 2015 and finished third on the team with two goals, two assists and six points, en route to second-team All-Patriot League honors a year ago. She also earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week accolades on September 14 after helping Loyola post a 1-1 record in the Battle of Baltimore, including a 2-0 shutout win over crosstown rival UMBC.
Throughout her career, the East Meadow, New York, native has started and played in all 54 games. She’s scored five goals and assisted four others for 14 points.
Boston University was picked as the League’s preseason favorite, checking in first with 160 points and 16 first-place votes. Bucknell came in second, with 141 points, and collected the remaining four first-place votes, followed by Navy with 131 points.
Colgate edged Loyola out of fourth, 102-91, while Army (84 points), Lehigh (64), Lafayette (45), American (41) and Holy Cross (36) round out the poll.
As a team, Loyola is coming off its first-ever Patriot League Tournament semifinal appearance, where the Greyhounds fell to No. 1 seed Boston University, 2-1, at the Terriers’ Nickerson Field.
The Greyhounds will return 19 letterwinners from a 2015 squad that posted a 6-10-2 record overall and a 4-4-1 mark in Patriot League play.
Loyola will open its 2016 season on Friday as it travels to Mount St. Mary’s for a 5 p.m. contest. The Greyhounds will kickoff the home portion of their schedule on Sunday when they host UMBC at 4 p.m.