Men's Soccer Ranked No. 1 In Region, Receives Votes In National Poll
BALTIMORE - Coming off of a 2-0 weekend to start the season, the Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team claimed the top spot in the first United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Northeast Region rankings, released Tuesday by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)).
In addition, the Greyhounds, picked to win the Patriot League, accumulated 26 points in Week 1 of the National Poll to sit just outside of the top 25, as they’re 28th and within four points of a pair of ACC foes, Duke (30 points) and Virginia Tech (27), and just 13 votes shy of a top-25 ranking.
In the Week 1 National Poll, Stanford checked in at No. 1, receiving 23 of 24 first-place votes, while Wake Forest is No. 2, followed by North Carolina, Denver and Clemson. The University of Akron, which Loyola beat 1-0 in its final preseason game, ranks 24th, followed by Seattle in 25th with 39 points. Army West Point is the only other Patriot League team receiving votes, as the Black Knights earned four.
Regionally, the Greyhounds are atop the region poll for the first time since 2008, when they went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 team in the North Atlantic Region. Former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) foe Marist is second, followed by Army West Point, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Lehigh, Manhattan, Fairfield, Bucknell and Saint Francis (Pa.).
Loyola started the season with a 5-4 double-overtime win at La Salle, earning its first victory in a season opener since 2011. The Greyhounds followed that up two days later with a win over St. John’s in the team’s home opener to move to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2008.
With six different goal scorers, the Greyhounds make up six of the 14 Patriot League players with goals this season. In addition, junior Gabriel Carlsson is the lone League player with multiple assists, as he finished with three against La Salle.
For their play to open the season, sophomore Josh Fawole earned Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and honorable mention TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week honors this week, while Carlsson was named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Week and freshman Sam Brown picked up the League’s Rookie of the Week award.
Loyola will return to the pitch on Friday when it travels to Colonial Association preseason favorite William & Mary. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. from Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.