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Four Greyhounds Earn ECAC All-Star Soccer Honors

Dec. 2, 2009

CENTERVILLE, Mass. - A quartet of Loyola University Maryland soccer players earned ECAC All-Star honors on Thursday, as a pair from both the men's and women's teams were named to their respective Second Teams.

Heather Cooke and Theresa Ferraina were honors for the Loyola women, while Jamie Darvill and Tennant McVea were honors for the men.

Named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year earlier this season, Ferraina finished the season with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist concluded her career ranked third in Loyola history with 65 career points on 25 goals and 15 assists. Her 25 goals is also fourth all-time at Loyola, while her 15 assists is tied for sixth in program annals.

The Loyola all-time leader in games played with 83 is also just one of two players in school history to record at least 25 goals and 15 assists in her career.

A center back for the Greyhounds this season, Cooke was named a first-team All-MAAC selection and helped Loyola hold opponents to just 1.17 goals per game. The California, Md., native, started and played in a Loyola single-season 23 games this season, recording a goal and two assists for four points.

Cooke finished her four-year career at Loyola with four goals and three assists for 11 points.

Loyola's women were 15-5-3 overall in the 2009 season, including a perfect 9-0-0 in MAAC regular season play, won the MAAC regular season and tournament titles and earned their seventh bid to the NCAA College Cup. The 15 victories were the second-most in program history and included a school-record 14-game unbeaten streak, which spanned over two months.

The men's co-captains both earned All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team honors, and Darvill was the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, while McVea was the Defensive Player of the Year. They are joined on the team by players from the Atlantic Coast Conference, America East, BIG EAST, Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League, Northeast and Patriot League.

McVea has been a starter from nearly day one as a center back for Loyola, helping the Greyhounds form one of the best defenses in the conference, as well as the nation. Over the past three season, Loyola has 48-13-5 (.765) record, and the Greyhounds have posted a 0.69 goals against average during that span.

A three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, McVea was also a NSCAA/adidas First Team All-American last season and is a finalist for this year's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He has been a team captain since his sophomore season.

Darvill has been one of the nation's top scorers over the last two seasons. He tied for the MAAC lead with 10 goals and was second in the conference with nine assists. Darvill finished fifth all-time at Loyola with 27 career assists, tied for eight with 99 total points and 11th with 36 goals.

He also won the 2008 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year award, making him the first multi winner of that honor.

Darvill and McVea are both members of the Hermann Trophy Watch List, given yearly to the nation's top player.

As a team, the Loyola men completed the season with an 11-8-3 record and advanced to their third-consecutive NCAA College Cup, a school Division I record.