The NCAA will announce the 28-team field for its Division I soccer tournament Monday, and Loyola coach Bill Sento is holding his breath.
The Greyhounds are the host team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament Saturday and Sunday. They've outscored eight MAAC foes by a combined goal total of 52-1 this fall, and they are expected to brush aside Fairfield in Saturday's semifinals and either La Salle or Manhattan in Sunday's 1 p.m. championship.
Two more wins would give Loyola a 16-2-5 record. Most important in Sento's mind, they are 2-2-3 against teams that were in the coaches' national Top 20 when they played. Their only losses were at William & Mary and St. Louis, currently No. 12. They beat Philadelphia Textile and Illinois State, currently No. 20.
On the road, Loyola tied Maryland and Hartwick, and had another draw at home against George Mason, currently No. 15.
"I feel we've done our part to ensure a spot in the NCAA lTC tournament," Sento said. "I know we belong there. Now we just have to see if the selection committee feels the same way."
Loyola has gotten 18 goals and one assist from senior Doug Miller. Sophomore Rob Elliott has 13 and 11, respectively. Sophomore goalie Shawn Boehmcke is the MAAC Player of the Week.
A number of other conference tournaments are being held this weekend.
Maryland's NCAA chances were dimmed by a loss to Radford Sunday, and the fifth-seeded Terps probably need to win the Atlantic Coast Conference affair at Duke to keep their season going. They open today against North Carolina State, No. 14 in the nation, with the winner facing No. 2 Clemson in tomorrow's semifinals.
Navy is also a fifth seed, in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament at Richmond, and was to play William & Mary in today's quarterfinals. Mount St. Mary's grabbed the fourth and final spot in the Northeast Conference tournament, and the Mount will play host and top-seeded Monmouth Saterday. The Mount's Even Hytten is the conference player of the week.
Defending champion Towson State is assured of a game in the East Coast Conference semifinals, and the Tigers will get the top seed if Drexel beats Central Connecticut saturday.
* In junior college soccer ,the XX tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Anne Arundel . The Pioneers scored a major victory last week,beating the nation's No.1 team,Montgomery-Rockville looking to avenge its only loss this season.
Essex gets Allegheny,Pa.,in the other game.
* Defending natioal; champion North Carolina is the headliner going into this weekends ACC field hockey tournament at Maryland.The top-seeded Tar Heels meet host Terps in Saturdays semifinals (noon) with Dukle and Virginia following at 2:30 p.m. on the artificial turf field.The winners meet Sunday at 2.
* The Division III Region IV field hockey tournament at Messiah includes Johns Hopkins, a newcomer to NCAA play, and Salisbury State, a postseason regular.In tomorrow's semifinals,the Blue Jays meet Messiah,ranked No.2 in the nation,and the Sea Gulls get Millersville .
* Coppin State is in the proccess of hosting Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in volleyball and cross country.The volleyball tournament runs today and tomorrow at the Coppin Center, and the cross country races were to be held at Druid Hill Park today