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Niagara Wins 2012 MAAC Men's Soccer Championship
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 11/10/2012
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  - Third-seeded Niagara University Purple Eagles earned its 1st MAAC title with a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Loyola University Maryland in the title game of the 2012 Men's Soccer Championship at Marist's Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field.

The only goal of the game came in the 101st minute in the second overtime of the match. Niagara's Bryan Da Cruz made the shot from 12 yards out with an assist from Micah Paulino.

Brett Petricek recorded six saves for the Purple Eagles.

Rene De Zorzi was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship, joining teammates Da Cruz, Ken Cooper and Darren Cooper on the All-Tournament Team.  Loyola was represented by Kevin Curran, Zach Tweddell and Hector Arellano on the squad.  Iona College's Robbie Krohmer and Alvaro Torrecilla as well as Siena College's James Beeston and Mike Matera rounded out the members of the All-Tournament Team.

Niagara has earned the MAAC's automatic bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.  The bracket announcement for the 2012 NCAA® Men's College Cup will take place on Monday, Nov. 12 at approximately 5:30 p.m. on ncaa.com. 

Championship Final:

1st

2nd

OT

2OT

Final

Loyola (13-6-1, 7-1 MAAC)

0

0

0

0

0

Niagara (13-1-4, 5-1-1 MAAC)

0

0

0

1

1

Scoring: Niagara, Bryan Da Cruz (101:47)

Saves: Niagara - Brett Petricek 6, Loyola - Thurman Van Riper 3
Shots: Niagara 17, Loyola 13
Corner Kicks: Niagara 5, Loyola 4
Fouls: Niagara 18, Loyola 7

Offsides: Loyola 2, Niagara 0


MAAC Men's Soccer


Men's Soccer
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Iona 5-2 .714 8-5 -2 .600
Siena 4-1 -1 .750 9-5 -1 .633
Quinnipiac 3-0 -3 .750 6-4 -4 .571
Fairfield 3-1 -3 .643 6-3 -5 .607
Rider 4-3 .571 7-5 -2 .571
Monmouth 2-1 -3 .583 6-3 -4 .615
Marist 2-3 -1 .417 6-5 -3 .536
Niagara 2-3 -1 .417 5-8 -2 .400
Canisius 2-4 -1 .357 7-6 -2 .533
Saint Peter's 1-5 .167 3-11 .214
Manhattan 0-5 -1 .083 1-9 -2 .167
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