Men's Soccer Draws Defending Champion Colgate In Patriot League Semifinals
|Opponent||No. 6 seed Colgate Raiders|
|Date||Friday, November 10|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer team will host defending Patriot League Champion Colgate in the semifinals of the 2017 Patriot League Championships at Ridley Athletic Complex Friday at 5 p.m.
The Greyhounds, ranked first in the NCAA Northeast Region, earned the top-seed in the tournament after winning their first-ever Patriot League Regular Season Championship.
Sixth-seeded Colgate advanced to the semifinal round with a 1-0 win over third-seeded Bucknell in the quarterfinal round Tuesday night. Fifth-seeded Holy Cross used a 3-0 win over Lehigh to advance to the semifinals, where it will face second-seeded Boston University.
• Loyola drew a rematch with defending Patriot League Champion Colgate in the semifinal round of the Patriot League Championships. The two teams also met in the semifinal round of last year’s tournament, with the Raiders upsetting Loyola, 3-1, at American’s Reeves Field.
• Loyola is 3-0 against this year’s Patriot League semifinal participants.
• The Greyhounds captured their first-ever Patriot League Regular Season Championship this year with a program-best 7-2 record in League play.
• Loyola outscored its conference opponents, 18-9, in nine League contests this season.
• At home, Loyola is 7-1 this year, including 5-0 against Patriot League teams, while the Greyhounds are outscoring their opponents, 14-3, on their home turf.
• Twelve of Loyola’s 17 games have been decided by one goal or less this year.
Patriot League Honors
• The Greyhounds picked up a League-best four major postseason awards, as sophomore Barry Sharifi was named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, freshman Chase Vosvick picked up both goalkeeper and rookie of the year honors and head coach Steve Nichols was tabbed the Patriot League Coach of the Year for a second-straight season.
• A League-best seven Greyhounds earned All-Patriot League Team honors, while five of the 11 first-team selections went to Loyola. Junior Gabriel Carlsson, sophomore Brian Saramago and junior A. Mickey Watson joined Sharifi and Vosvick on the All-Patriot League First Team, while sophomores Sam Carter and Josh Fawole earned second-team accolades.
• Vosvick was the lone freshman named to the All-Patriot League First Team and he became the second-straight Greyhound to earn each of his major awards, as Saramago was tabbed the Rookie of the Year last year and Matt Sanchez was the 2016 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year.
• Jake Campbell and Carlsson also earned Academic All-Patriot League accolades.
Loyola Greyhounds (11-5-1, 7-2-0 Patriot League)
• Sophomore Brian Saramago leads Loyola with eight goals and 19 points, while classmate Barry Sharifi has a team-best seven-game point streak and is second on the squad with 17 points, five goals and seven assists. Sophomore Josh Fawole is third on the team with 12 points (4g, 4a).
• Junior Gabriel Carlsson leads the team with eight assists.
• In addition to Fawole, Saramago and Sharifi, six other Greyhounds have scored this season - Nico Brown, Sam Brown, Sam Carter, Aldo Ruiz, TJ Walker and A. Mickey Watson.
• In goal, freshman Chase Vosvick has started and played 16 full games, posting a 1.11 goals-against average, 58 saves and a .763 save percentage. In League games, Vosvick is ranked second in save percentage (.763) and fourth in goals-against average (.997).
Colgate Raiders (8-10-1, 4-4-1 Patriot League)
• Sixth-seeded Colgate upset third-seeded Bucknell, 1-0, in Tuesday night’s quarterfinal round to advance to the semifinals of the Patriot League Championships for a third-straight season.
• Colgate placed two Raiders - senior midfielder Jared Stroud and junior defender Aram Ouligian - on the All-Patriot League First Team this year.
• Kentaro Morrison scored the game-winner Tuesday, while the defense posted its sixth shutout.
• Ouligian leads the Raiders with seven goals and 16 points, while Stroud is second with 15 points on three goals and a team-best nine assists.
• In goal, Jacob Harris has earned the last three starts. He’s played 452 minutes this season, allowing five goals for a 1.00 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage.
• The winner of Friday’s match will advance to the Championship Game Sunday at 3 p.m.