Loyola, UMBC kick off play in tournaments as top seeds

November 05, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Two local collegiate men's soccer teams will carry No. 1 seedings into their respective conference tournaments this week as postseason play begins in earnest.

Loyola (9-6-3, 6-2-1) is the top seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament that began yesterday at the Wide World Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The Greyhounds, the defending champions, will first play the winner of No. 8 Canisius vs. No. 9 Iona tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

Closer to home, UMBC (10-2-5, 5-1-3) broke into the America East conference with a regular-season title and, at 1 p.m. Saturday, will play host to the winner between Northeastern and Boston University.

The final - also at UMBC if the Retrievers win their opener - will be either next Saturday or Sunday.

Elsewhere at the Division I level, regular-season play continues for Navy and Mount St. Mary's, both hopeful of qualifying for their tournament fields.

The Midshipmen are third in the Patriot League and must beat Lehigh to guarantee their spot. The Mount has two games left in Northeast Conference play and must win both to have a chance.

In Division III, Salisbury (14-2-2), the 2002 Capital Athletic Conference titlist and current top seed, got a goal from senior Dan Meehan and defeated No. 4 seed St. Mary's (13-4) yesterday in the semifinals, 1-0.

Salisbury (14-2-2) will play for the title Saturday at home against York, a 1-0 winner over Marymount yesterday. Game time will be announced today.

Defending Centennial Conference champion Johns Hopkins (14-2-1, 7-2) is second seeded and will meet local rival and No. 3 seed McDaniel (13-6-1, 5-3-1) in the semifinals Friday in Allentown, Pa.

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