Men's Soccer Hosts Towson Saturday On Alumni, MSYSA Day

Sept. 15, 2009

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Game No. 6
Loyola Greyhounds (2-2-1) vs. Towson Tigers (3-2-0)
Saturday, September 19, 2009 • 2 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Game Data

  • Loyola hosts Towson in a 2 p.m. match on Saturday, September 19, 2009, at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
  • Saturday is Alumni Day for Loyola men's soccer, as the Greyhounds welcome back former players from all years, and the program will honor the 1993 team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • It's also Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) Day at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds welcome youth players from around the state to the game. Those who received a brochure in the mail will be eligible for a half-price ($2.50) admission when presenting the flier.

Series Stats

  • Loyola and Towson will meet for the 59th time in series history.
  • Last year, the Greyhounds used a pair of Phil Bannister goals, one in the first half and the second with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, to defeat the Tigers, 2-1.
  • Towson is Loyola's most-played opponent, and vice versa, with 58 previous meetings. The Greyhounds are 36-16-6 in those games.
  • The University of Baltimore, which no longer sponsors intercollegiate athletics, is next on the list. The teams played 46 times when they were both NCAA Division II powers.
  • Maryland follows with 41 meetings against the Greyhounds, and American is next with 39.
  • Loyola's 36 wins over Towson are more than the Greyhounds have against any other opponent, but the 16 losses are more than any other team, except for Maryland and Baltimore (both 26).

Golden (Goal) Boy

  • After 104 minutes of scoreless action last Friday night, Loyola's Jamie Darvill broke a 0-0 tie against Syracuse and scored the game-winner at 104:12 in the 34th-Annual Mayor's Cup. Darvill's goal came after a Danny Ankrah crossing pass and was his second of the season.

Shutout Streak Snapped

  • Loyola goalkeeper Kyle Wittman nearly 300 minutes of shutout soccer between the pipes for the Greyhounds until Hartwick's Nick Roydhouse scored 6:23 into last Sunday's match.
  • Wittman allowed a single goal in the season-opener against Villanova, then did not allow a Mount St. Mary's goal during the 69:41 he was in the contest (lifted for injury). Wittman then recorded back-to-back clean sheets with a 110-minute shutout at Quinnipiac and 104:12 of scoreless soccer against Syracuse.
  • In all, the junior from Baltimore worked 298-minutes, 14-seconds between opponent goals.

Shooting Numbers

  • Loyola has been outshot 101-71 this season, but the Greyhounds' defense has done a good job of limiting dangerous chances by opponents.
  • Of opponents shots, only 29.7-percent of those opportunities have been on goal. Loyola goalkeepers have saved 80-percent of shots on goal this year.

Elite Feet

  • With his overtime goal versus Syracuse Jamie Darvill moved up one more notch on the school's all-time scoring charts. He is now tied for 14th with 28 goals and 17th with 78 total points.
  • Darvill is one of only nine players in Loyola history to score 20 or more goals and record 20 or more assists.

More Than Just Saves

  • In addition to posting six saves in just under 70 minutes of action versus The Mount, Kyle Wittman recorded a statistical rarity for a goalkeeper. He was credited with an assist after his long punt cleared the defense, and Jamie Darvill flicked the ball to Glenn Leitch for an assist.
  • The last assist by a Loyola goalkeeper came on October 12, 2007, when Milos Kocic's goal kick was finished for a goal by a Phil Bannister header.

Hermann Trophy Hopes

  • Three Loyola players were named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Senior back Tennant McVea, senior forward Jamie Darvill and junior forward Phil Bannister were recognized as three of the top 38 players in Division I Men's Soccer.
  • Loyola was one of two schools, joining 2008 NCAA Quarterfinalist Creighton, with three players on the list.

CLASS-Y Candidate

  • Senior back Tennant McVea was named a candidate for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The Award, which is present at the NCAA College Cup, recognizes student-athletes who combine four attributes: classroom, community, character and competition. The list of 30 candidates will be trimmed to 10 midway through the season, and national coaches, fans and media will have the opportunity to vote for the winner.
  • McVea was an All-America First Team honoree by the NSCAA/adidas last season and is a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Looking Back

  • Jamie Darvill scored a goal and had two assists, both on Glenn Leitch goals, as Loyola defeated Mount St. Mary's, 3-2, last Friday.
  • The Greyhounds then saw their first road action of the season, playing Quinnipiac to a 0-0 double-overtime draw. Kyle Wittman made three saves and recorded his first shutout as a collegian.

Goal-Scoring Pair

  • Jamie Darvill and Phil Bannister formed the best goal-scoring tandem in NCAA Division I Men's Soccer last season. Darvill tallied 14 goals, and Bannister scored 13, and their combined total of 27 was the most by two players on the same team in 2008.

In The Pros

  • Following the 2008 season, All-American goalkeeper Milos Kocic was selected in by the D.C. United in the MLS SuperDraft. Kocic has played in several games for United, including a friendly against Real Madrid.
  • Zach Thornton `94 was named to the MLS All-Star game for the sixth time. The Chivas USA goalkeeper is one of just two MLS keepers to win 100 games in his career. Mike Burke continued his 12-year profession career with the Richmond Kickers this season, helping his side win the USL-2 Championship. He finished second in the league in assists.

Up Next

  • Loyola plays a pair of games in the week following its contest against Towson. The Greyhounds travel across town to face UMBC at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.
  • They then host Monmouth at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 26.