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Men's Soccer Remembers 2011 Highlights
The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team wrapped up its 2011 campaign with its 37th 10-win season in program history. The Greyhounds knocked off some of the region's top competition throughout the year by outscoring their opponents, 24-17, and posting eight shutouts, before ending the season at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
In addition, with a 2-0 victory over Saint Peter's on October 9, head coach Mark Mettrick became the 45th active head coach to reach the 200-win plateau. Mettrick is the only current MAAC head coach to have recorded 200 career victories.
Sophomore transfer Geaton Caltabiano recorded the first goal of the year in the 55th minute of a 1-0 season-opening win at Adelphi, marking the 44th time in program history that the Greyhounds started the season victorious.
Loyola then headed to No. 8 William & Mary, where it challenged a nationally ranked Tribe squad that was coming off an upset victory over No. 5 SMU in their season opener. Nicolas Abrigo - the National Player of the Week for that week - scored early for W&M, leading the Tribe to 1-0 victory.
The Greyhounds then closed out their three-game season-opening road swing with a 3-3 tie at Navy. Loyola fell behind two goals in the first half, but responded with three-unanswered scores after halftime to take its first lead of the game. The Greyhounds were unable to quiet the Midshipmen though as they found their equalizer right before the game was called early due to inclement weather.
The game also sparked a win streak for Loyola, as the Greyhounds topped Towson, 2-1, and Campbell, 1-0, before Baltimore natives sophomore Diego McQuestion and redshirt senior Wade McHugh each scored to lead Loyola to a 2-0 win over crosstown-rival UMBC, capping a five-game unbeaten streak for the Greyhounds.
Loyola wrapped up its non-conference slate with a tough 1-0 loss at Quinnipiac. The Greyhounds outshot Bobcats, 20-15, in the contest and held an 11-4 advantage in corner kicks, but Loyola had a header hit off the crossbar and a goal erased due to a penalty, allowing Quinnipiac to hold on for the victory.
Against Fairfield, the Greyhounds gave up two well-placed first-half goals, but regrouped at halftime and held the Stags without a shot in the second half. Sophomore Stephen Dooley looked to spark Loyola's comeback, converting a penalty kick in the 74th minute, but the Greyhounds, despite outshooting Fairfield 10-5, were unable to find their equalizer as they fell, 2-1.
Loyola then battled league-favorite Iona to what looked like a 2-2 tie, but the Gaels scored in the 82nd minute to escape with a 3-2 victory.
The Greyhounds learned from the losses and responded with their most dominating victory of the season, earning a 3-0 win at Manhattan.
From there, Caltabiano and graduate senior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman combined to lead the team to a six-game unbeaten streak. Caltabiano scored four-straight goals through the next three games and Wittman ran his shutout streak to a season-long 455 minutes, as Loyola downed Saint Peter's, Rider and Canisius, before tying Niagara and beating Siena.
With a 2-1 win at Siena, Loyola clinched the third seed at the upcoming MAAC Championships and secured its place among the league's top-four regular-season finishers for a conference record 23rd-straight year.
Loyola's attack continued to pressure as it looked for its equalizer, but the Jaspers' goalkeeper turned back eight shots - including a penalty kick in regulation - to keep the Greyhounds off the board. In goal for Loyola, Wittman did not record a save.
The co-captains helped Loyola to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances throughout their careers, in addition to a MAAC regular season title and a conference tournament title.
Individually, McHugh was a two-time MAAC All-Tournament Team selection, in addition to a MAAC Rookie of the Week in 2008, while Wittman finished his career as a seven-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Awards and Accomplishments
In addition, Loyola placed seven on the MAAC All-Academic Team; junior Hector Arellano, sophomore Alex Bullington, sophomore Cameron Coppola, Dooley, sophomore transfer Nick Irvine, Libby and sophomore Thurman Van Riper.
Regionally, Jones was selected to the NCAA Division I All-North Atlantic Region Second Team, while Arellano was honored for his work in the classroom and on the field, being named to the NSCAA Men's Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention Team.
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