Men's Soccer Players Brunton and Loia Claim Weekly Patriot League Awards
Nov. 3, 2003
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell men's soccer players Eric Brunton (McLean, Va./Carmel (Ind.)) and Andrew Loia (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) have earned Patriot League player of the week honors for the week ending November 2, 2003. Brunton nabbed his second-straight BRINE Offensive Player of the Week award this season, while Loia was tabbed the BRINE Freshman of the Week for the first time in his career.
Brunton, a sophomore, picks up the award after scoring the game-winner in Bucknell's 2-0 victory over Navy on Saturday, November 1. Brunton's second-straight game-winning-goal came just 4:46 into the contest on a rebound off the post from classmate Scott Visnic. The forward's score propelled the Bison to the win, clinching the regular-season title and earning the Orange and Blue the right to host the upcoming Patriot League tournament.
For the season, Brunton now has four goals and six assists for 14 points, good enough for second on the team. Of his eight career goals, four have been game-winners.
Loia earns freshman of the week honors for his role in a defensive unit that posted its seventh shutout of the year against the Midshipmen. A starter in 11 of the 16 games he has played in, Loia has quickly become a mainstay in the Bison defense. In Patriot League play, Loia and his teammates in the backfield have allowed only three goals in six games.
Bucknell is currently 10-6-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Patriot League. BU steps out of league play to travel to Maryland, the second-ranked team in the country, on Tuesday, November 4, before hosting Holy Cross in the final conference game of the year on Saturday, November 8.
The Bison will host the Patriot League championship on Friday and Sunday, November 14 and 16. It is only the second time since the league's inception in 1990 that the Orange and Blue have hosted the conference tournament.