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Men's Soccer Set To Face Niagara In Title Game Of MAAC Champs

Connor Thompson's goal in teh 78th minute Thursday night sent the Greyhounds into the title game for the 17th time in program history

Connor Thompson's goal in teh 78th minute Thursday night sent the Greyhounds into the title game for the 17th time in program history

Nov. 9, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time 8 p.m.
Location Poughkeepsie, New York | Marist's Tenney Stadium
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MAAC Championships
• This marks the 24th-straight year that Loyola has advanced to the MAAC Championships.
• The Greyhounds hold an overall record of 32-11 in the tournament, including winning a league-best 12 tournament titles - their last coming in 2009. 

Regionally Ranked Rematch
• Niagara and Loyola are the two top-ranked teams in the North Atlantic Region.
• The Purple Eagles earned a 2-1 win vs. the Greyhounds earlier this year when Rene DeZorzi converted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.  

Niagara Purple Eagles
• The Purple Eagles advanced to the championship game after knocking off second-seeded Siena, 2-1, just 15 seconds into overtime Thursday night. 
• Callum Willmott leads Niagara with eight goals and three assists, while Bryan Da Cruz has a team-best six assists. 
• In goal, Brett Petricek - the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year - has posted a 0.77 GAA and a .853 save percentage, stopping 81 shots, while allowing just 14 goals. 

Series vs. The Purple Eagles
• Loyola enjoys a 21-3-1 advantage over Niagara in the all-time series.
• The Greyhounds and Purple Eagles tied, 1-1, last season at Ridley Athletic Complex and the Purple Eagles earned a 2-1 win this year on a late PK in Niagara, N.Y.
• Niagara’s other two wins came in 2006 (1-0) and 1998 (2-1).

Hot Streak
• After dropping their first MAAC contest at Niagara, the Greyhounds have responded to win eight straight, their longest win streak since winning 13 consecutive in 2008.

Last Time Out - MAAC Semifinals
• No. 1-seed Loyola advanced to the title game with a 1-0 win over No. 4-seed Iona.
• Sophomore Connor Thompson scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute after senior Zach Tweddell played a free kick into the box. Junior Jamie Libby attempted a header but ultimately played a ball into the air for Thompson to put into the top right corner.
• Junior Thurman Van Riper stopped a career-best nine shots while the defense earned its eighth shutout of the year. 

Up Next
• The winner Saturday will earn the MAAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup.



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