Loyola men win soccer title, NCAA spot

Marchant's goal in 2nd OT defeats Fairfield, 1-0

UM in field hockey semis


November 12, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Sophomore Graham Marchant scored the game-winning goal just 50 seconds into the second overtime, boosting Loyola to a 1-0 victory over Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's soccer finals yesterday at Rider University.

The Greyhounds, who earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I soccer championship, extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games. Loyola (15-1-2) will play in its first NCAA tournament since 1993.

After the teams battled through a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation and 15 minutes of overtime, Marchant forced a corner kick in the Stags' end.

MAAC Player of the Year Niall Lepper headed A.J. Ogilvie's service into the box toward the right post, and Marchant collected the ball before hammering a right-footed shot past Fairfield goalie Roger Noll.

"I couldn't be prouder of this team for the way it played today," said second-year coach Mark Mettrick, whose team is ranked No. 11 nationally in the NSCAA poll.

The Stags (11-3-4), who have twice lost to Loyola on overtime goals, were outshot, 12-4.

Marchant, who leads the Greyhounds with nine goals this season, was chosen the tournament's most valuable player.

The NCAA will announce the 48-team field today.

Johns Hopkins 1, Franklin & Marshall 0: Senior forward Matthew Doran capped his illustrious career by scoring the only goal to lead the Blue Jays (17-3) to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic region title at Western Maryland College.

The ECAC title is the Blue Jays' second in three years. Doran, who scored on a penalty kick in the sixth minute, finished the season with 18 goals and 49 points.

Hopkins' freshman goalkeeper, Gary Kane Jr., recorded three saves in the shutout.

Maryland 3, N.C. State 0: A.J. Herrera scored the game-winner as the host Terps (10-7-1, 1-4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) cruised at Ludwig Field.

Herrera converted the game-winner in the 23rd minute off a Bryan Vitagliano cross that sailed over the box. Ian Rodway settled it and tapped it to Herrera in front of the box for the goal.

Women's soccer

Sacred Heart 1, UMBC 0: Sophomore goalkeeper Leslie Konsig made nine saves, including several critical stops in the second half, to lead the Pioneers to the victory in the Northeast Conference championship game in Loretto, Pa.

The Pioneers (10-9) advance to the NCAA tournament; UMBC closes its season at 11-6-2.

Sacred Heart freshman Nathallie Urbas scored with nine minutes remaining in the first half, taking a pass from sophomore Jill Bizeau directly in front of the UMBC net and tapping it past Retrievers goaltender Becky Hickock.

Field hockey

Maryland 6, Syracuse 0: Senior forward Caroline Walter continued her postseason hot streak with her first hat trick of the season, as the host Terrapins (19-3) easily advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the third straight season.

The Terrapins will play Wake Forest on Friday in Kent, Ohio.

Junior Carissa Messimer scored a goal and dished out three assists. With seven assists through the first two rounds, Messimer has tied the all-time NCAA tournament record for individual assists.

Walter notched the first two goals of the match, and forward Angie Klingerman scored the third, giving the Terps a 3-0 halftime lead over Syracuse (16-4).


Towson 3, Hartford 0: Senior setter Andrea LaBlanc had a match-high 38 assists as the Tigers swept their final match of the regular season, 30-15, 30-18, 30-28, over the host Hawks. Towson (28-3, 13-1 America East) will play host to the conference tournament this weekend at the Towson Center.

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