Men's Soccer Opens Season At Saint Joseph's Friday
Aug 29, 2013
|Opponent||Saint Joseph's Hawks|
|Date||Friday, August 30, 2013|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Sweeney Field|
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|Game Notes||Loyola Notes|
Loyola Men’s Soccer
• Loyola is beginning its 71st season as a men’s soccer program, while this will mark the Greyhounds’ 32nd year of competition as an NCAA Division I program.
• It is also Loyola’s inaugural year as a member of the Patriot League.
• The Greyhounds were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for 24 years, posting an overall record of 167-24-8 in conference games. Loyola also claimed eight regular-season titles and four MAAC Tournament titles from 1989-2012.
• The Greyhounds return seven starters from a squad that posted an overall record of 13-6-1, including a league-best 7-1 record in MAAC play. Loyola strung together an eight-game win streak, its longest since 2009, and barely missed earning a berth to the NCAA Championships with an RPI of 44.
• Loyola finished the year ranked second in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region and was one of only 30 schools nationally with at least 13 wins.
Saint Joseph’s Hawks
• Saint Joseph’s is coming off a season in which it won more games than its previous three seasons combined.
• The Hawks return 10 starters from a squad that posted a 5-11-2 record, including Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection midfielder Tim Lazorko. Leading scorers Alex Critzos (5g, 12pts), Pat McGlynn (2g, 5pts) and Jake Nelson (2g, 7pts) also return.
• Saint Joseph’s escaped Ridley Athletic Complex with a 2-1 overtime victory in September last year. The game featured a combined 46 shots, as well as a game-winning penalty shot for the Hawks.
• Loyola got on the board first, in the 81st minute, but the Hawks responded in the 83rd minute. The game looked to be headed to a 1-1 tie, but Saint Joseph’s converted a penalty kick with 8.8 seconds remaining in overtime to secure the victory.
• Loyola is 44-21-5 in season openers and 20-11-3 since joining Division I in 1979.
• Under head coach Mark Mettrick, the Greyhounds are 7-4-2 in openers.
• While the Greyhounds have never faced Saint Joseph’s in a season opener, they hold an 8-3-0 record versus the Hawks.
• This marks the fourth-straight season Loyola has opened the year away from home.
• The Greyhounds will remain on the road, heading back to Philadelphia to face La Salle in a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Dooley Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
• Senior Stephen Dooley is one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.
• An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
• Dooley has played in 42 games throughout his career, scoring 10 goals and adding 14 assists for 34 points. He earned a spot on the Patriot League’s preseason all-league team this year and has garnered accolades such as NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region Third Team, All-MAAC First Team, NSCAA Scholar All-America Third Team and MAAC All-Academic Team honors.
• Off the field, Dooley is a Dean’s List honoree and has been involved with service projects, most notably Soccer Without Borders, a local refugee program learning to interact in their new home.
• Dooley is Loyola’s third men’s soccer student-athlete to be named a candidate. Tennant McVea (2009) and Phil Bannister (2010) both went on to be named finalists.
• Dooley is one of two Patriot Leaguers honored, joining American’s Colin Seigfreid.
Patriot League Offensive Player Of The Year
• Sophomore Larry Ndjock was voted Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
• The MAAC Rookie of the Year and all-conference first-team selection last year, Ndjock is coming off a campaign that saw him lead the MAAC in scoring and rank as the No. 2 freshman in the NCAA in goals (13) and points (29).
• Ndjock earned College Soccer News Preseason All-America Third Team honors this year.
Preseason All-Patriot League Team
• Senior Stephen Dooley and sophomore Larry Ndjock were selected to the Patriot League’s 11-member preseason all-conference team.
• Ndjock was one of two sophomores honored, joining Navy’s Derek Vogel, while he and Dominique Badji were the forwards selected.
• Dooley was one of four midfielders - all seniors - named to the preseason team. American’s Colin Seigfreid, Boston University’s Anthony Ciccone and Lafayette’s Alec Golini were the other midfielders.
Greyhounds Picked Third In Preseason Poll
• The Greyhounds garnered 121 points, including four first-place votes, to check in third in the 2013 Patriot League Preseason Poll.
• American was selected as the preseason favorite with 151 points and nine first-place votes, while fellow-newcomer Boston University was second, collecting 130 points and three first-place votes.
• Lafayette checked in fourth with 115 points and three first-place votes, while Colgate rounded out the top five with 98 points and one first-place vote.
• Bucknell (87 points), Navy (67), Lehigh (51), Holy Cross (44) and Army (36) wrapped up the preseason poll.
• Former assistant coach Kyle Swarts has returned to the Greyhounds’ bench as a volunteer goalkeeper coach.
• Swarts previously served as a four-year assistant goalkeeper coach at Loyola before stepping aside from the coaching staff in 2011 to focus on his job as a Director of Business Development in the healthcare industry.
• During his four years at Loyola, from 2007-11, Swarts tutored the Greyhounds’ goalkeepers as Loyola reached a school Division I record three-consecutive NCAA College Cups.
• Swarts also saw Milos Kocic ‘08 become one of the top goalkeepers in the nation. Kocic led Division I in goals against average in 2007 and was an NSCAA All-America Second Team member in 2008. He was a second round draft pick by D.C. United in the MLS SuperDraft and currently plays for the MLS’ Toronto F.C.
• The Greyhounds brought in 13 freshmen and one transfer to replace a graduating class that featured four starters.
• The diverse class represents three countries - England, Germany and the United States - and four states - Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
• Laurin Vogel is the second Greyhound on the roster to come to Baltimore from Germany, as sophomore Larry Ndjock also hails from Germany.
• Loyola now has five players from England on the roster, as Ryan Tuck and Jordan Watson join Jamie Libby, Dominic Marshall and Connor Thompson.
• David Warburton is the lone Greyhound to come from Maryland in the class.
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