Byford Named Coach of the Year; 11 Players Earn All-MAAC Selections

Nov. 3, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Head women's soccer coach John Byford was named the 2006 Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year while 11 of his players were selected to an all-MAAC team. Sarra Moller and Courtney Arikian earned spots on the first-team while Caitlin McCusker, Brynn McGrath, Lea Day Kaitlin Klar and Carolyn Kennington were named to the second team. Freshman Amanda Meehan, Colleen Kinealy, Christina Gomez and Brittany Henderson were named to the rookie team.

Byford led the Greyhounds to a 10-6-2 overall record and an 8-1-0 mark in the conference in his second season en route to earning the top seed in the 2006 MAAC Championship. Byford has a career record of 25-11-2 overall and 17-1-0 in the MAAC in his two years as the `Hounds head coach.

The first-team selection was the third of Arikian's. She earned a spot on the first-team as a sophomore and junior as well as on the second-team as a freshman. Arikian currently leads the Loyola squad in goals with seven. She also has recorded two assists this season for a career total of 24 goals and 11 assists. This is Moller's second time on the first-team all-MAAC. As a freshman she was named the Defensive Player of the Year, all-MAAC first-team and to the all-rookie squad.

McCusker picks up her third straight second-team all-MAAC pick in her senior season while McGrath earns her second all-MAAC selection since joining the team in 2005. Day, a sophomore, was named to the second-team all-MAAC for the first time this year after scoring three goals and tallying four assists. Klar picked up her second career second-team all-MAAC selection as a senior. This season she has a goal and a team-high six assists. Kennington has earned spots on an all-MAAC team all four years of her career. This season she leads the team in points with six goals and five assists.

The four freshman named to the rookie team have had standout seasons. Meehan has appeared in 17 of 18 games played by Loyola, scoring a goal and adding an assist from her defensive position. Kinealy has appeared in all 18 games, starting in 15. She has scored three goals and added three assists as a freshman. Gomez has appeared in 16 games, earning starts in 14 games while scoring six goals and adding four assists. Henderson has played in 15 games in goal, starting in 14 of those contests. She posts a goals-against average of 1.26 and a saves percentage of .739.

The Greyhounds open the MAAC Tournament Friday at 4:00 against Siena in Fairfield, Conn.