It has gone beyond routine. Maybe it borders on ridiculous.
Since joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989, Loyola College's men's soccer team has won every league tournament championship, the latest coming with yesterday's 2-0 victory over fourth seed Fairfield at Curley Field.
Second-half goals by senior J. T. Dorsey and freshman Christof Lindenmayer earned the No. 2 seed Greyhounds (11-8-2) a spot DTC in Saturday's NCAA play-in game against Fordham, the Atlantic-10 champion. The winner advances to the national tournament.
Loyola was beaten by Lafayette in triple overtime last year after locking up its seventh consecutive MAAC title.
Getting back to the play-in game wasn't as easy this year, not with 11 freshmen on Loyola's roster and more balance in the MAAC. The Greyhounds, who needed Saturday's 4-1 win over St. Peter's in the semifinals to ensure their 16th straight winning season, didn't run over opponents quite as much. But their run of tournament excellence went uninterrupted.
"It hasn't been a very easy season," said Greyhound coach Bill Sento, whose team was 5-2 in the conference coming into the weekend. "The players had to deal with some setbacks and they did it in a very mature way."
Dorsey notched the game's first goal at 62: 37 by gathering the ball at midfield, racing down the sideline and scoring from about 20 yards inside the right post.
Thirteen minutes later, sophomore Mike Burke sent a long crossing pass to Lindenmayer, whose shot deflected off the hand of Stags freshman keeper Chris Sheckley and glanced off the inside left post before settling in the net.
"We had some problems early on this season, but we've come on at the end," said Dorsey, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. "The young guys supported us, and they rode the backs of the older guys."
One of those older guys, senior keeper Joe Schafer, made three saves and posted his third shutout in four games.
Pub Date: 11/11/96