Men's Soccer To Host No. 9 Maryland

Sept. 13, 2010

Game Information
Opponent Maryland
Date September 14, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Hurdle the Turtle

• Loyola captured its first win of the season on Friday evening with a 2-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead shortly before the half but Loyola roared back to tie just over a minute later, scoring on a Zach Tweddell header from a Charlie Hutton corner kick. The Greyhounds found the eventual game-winner in the 83rd minute as Eddie Dines put back a Danny Ankrah rebound.

• Maryland and Loyola will meet with identical 1-1-1 records. The Terrapins opened the season with a 4-3 loss to then-No. 24 Michigan State before knocking off Northwestern, 5-0. Maryland last played on Friday night, battling No. 5 Boston College to 1-1 tie.

• Loyola also went 1-1-1 through its first three games last year after a scoreless tie with Quinnipiac in the season's third game. The Greyhounds finished last year as MAAC Tournament Champions and booked their 16th trip all-time to the NCAA Tournament.

Series History

•  The Greyhounds trail in the all-time series, 8-26-6. Maryland took the last game from Loyola when the teams met in the first round of last year's NCAA College Cup, 2-1. Loyola fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit with a Phil Bannister goal in the 50th minute, but the Terrapins held on for the win.

• Loyola's last win against Maryland came on Nov. 25, 2001, with a 1-0 overtime win in the NCAA College Cup First Round. 

Scouting the Terrapins

• Maryland enters the game ranked No. 9 in the September 7 edition of the NSCAA/ National Rankings. The Terrapins began the season at No. 6.

• Maryland's trip to the 2009 NCAA Tournament marked the 29th appearance in the program's history. 

• Nine starters from 2009 return for the Terrapins. Maryland's roste includes five seniors and six juniors.

• Maryland has outshot its opponents 54-33 through its first three games and outscored its foes by a combined 9-5, averaging three goals a game.

Eyes on the Prize

• Loyola squad dropped its home opener on September 7 to William & Mary, 3-1. Phil Bannister scored his first of the season on a penalty kick in the 13th minute, but the Tribe rallied with three unanswered goals for the win.

Records in Danger

• Several Loyola career records could fall this year. Phil Bannister enters the season just one assist shy of all-time career assists record of 29, shared by Marc Harrison (1992-1995) and Stan Koziol (1983-1987). Bannister tied the Loyola Division I record in assists last year with 13.

• Bannister also ranks in the all-time goals and points categories at Loyola as well. The senior forward moved into sole possession of 15th place on Loyola's all-time goals list with his 31st against William & Mary on September 7. He also ranks 13th on Loyola's career scoring list with 69 points.

Home Sweet Home

• The team's home opener against William & Mary on September 7 marked the first regular season game for the Loyola men's soccer team in Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds played a charity exhibition match against local professional team Crystal Palace in March but the 3-1 loss served as the first game that had an impact on the standings.

• The new 6,000-seat facility serves as the home field for the Loyola soccer and lacrosse programs and boasts state-of-the-art training facilities.

Old Dogs

• Loyola returns 10 seniors in 2010 from last year's squad that won the MAAC Tournament and reached the College Cup for the 16th time in school history.

• Eight of this year's 10 seniors started for the Greyhounds last year, a team that led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals and assists and ranked second in shutouts.

• A diverse group of seven freshmen join the team this year. Representing the wide-ranging influence of soccer, Loyola welcomes newcomers from Northern Ireland, England, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Return of the MAAC (Favorites)

• Loyola leads the MAAC preseason coaches' poll as favorites to win the MAAC Championship, marking the third straight year that the Greyhounds have topped the preseason rankings.

• In addition to the team's accolade, Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones earned Preseason All-MAAC honors. Bannister also was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year for the second time in his career, the first time coming in 2008. This year's poll marks three consecutive MAAC Preseason Players of the Year for Loyola (Bannister in `08, Jamie Darvill in `09, Bannister in `10).

Bannister Gets CLASSy

Phil Bannister was named as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Bannister is one of 30 men's soccer players selected as a candidate. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

• Loyola boasts two other candidates in their respective sports: Lina Staropoli (women's soccer) and Nina Camaioni (volleyball). Loyola is one of only three Division I schools with three award candidates, along with Penn State and Stanford.

O Captains! My Captains!

Phil Bannister, Eddie Dines and Charlie Hutton will serve as captains for the Greyhounds in 2010. The three seniors have started 159 games combined for Loyola throughout their school careers.

At the Helm

Mark Mettrick returns for his 11th season as the head coach of the Greyhounds. Mettrick has compiled at 127-57-18 record at Loyola, guiding the team to five College Cup appearances. He has also coached Loyola to seven regular-season MAAC championships and four MAAC Tournament titles.

• Mettrick is assisted by Matt Dwyer, who is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Loyola. Steve Pfeil also joins the staff this year as an assistant coach. Pfeil, a 1986 graduate of American University, will be responsible for working with the Greyhound goalkeepers.

Tuesday Night Guests

• The Loyola Soccer Club will host the Old Timers Soccer Association of Maryland on Tuesday night at the event. Food and beverages will be served for members of the group and their guests from one hour prior to one hour after the event. 
• Local youth soccer teams are also invited to attend. Children who wear a soccer jersey will be admitted free and adults can purchase tickets for $5.