Women's Soccer to Face Maryland in the First Round of the NCAA College Cup

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's soccer team learned its NCAA College Cup fate Monday afternoon as the NCAA selection committee announced that the Greyhounds are slated to face local-rival Maryland at Penn State. Loyola received an automatic bid to the tournament by winning its fifth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. The Terps earned an at-large bid.

The Greyhounds are currently 16-3-0 this season and on a 13 game-winning streak. They are ranked fifth in the country in scoring currently and are led by junior Ali Andrzejewski with 18 goals. The Loyola defense also ranks among the country's best, allowing just 0.68 goals per contest.

After last weekend's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Maryland posts an overall record of 7-6-4. The Terps currently rank fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Soccer Coaches of America Association while Loyola sits close by at seventh place.

The two squads were scheduled to meet in the regular season but the contest was cancelled due to weather.

Loyola and Maryland will meet in State College, Pa. where the No. 2 seed Penn State will host Binghamton in the first round.

For the entire 2004 NCAA College Cup Bracket, click here.