Men's Soccer Heads To Towson For Crosstown Rivalry

Sept. 16, 2010

Game Information
Opponent Towson
Date September 19, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Towson, Md. | Towson Center Soccer Complex
Getting There Directions and Parking  | Free Bus for Loyola Students
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There's a Tiger in There

• Loyola enters Sunday's game coming off of a 3-0 loss to seventh-ranked Maryland on Tuesday night. The Greyhounds found several chances but could not come back after giving up two goals in the second half.

• Towson has not lost a match this season, compiling a 5-0-0 record through September. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 15-7, taking down Mount St. Mary's (2-0), Saint Joseph's (3-2), UMBC (5-3), Lehigh (2-1) and Longwood (3-1).

Series History

•  The Greyhounds lead all-time in the series, 38-16-6.  The cross-town rivalry began in the team's first season in 1940 with a scoreless tie. Loyola has played no opponent more times in the program's history. Sunday marks the 60th meeting.

• Loyola's last win against Towson came last season, with a 1-0 win exactly one year ago. Phil Bannister scored in the game's 29th minute from a Jamie Darvill assist and Kyle Wittman made seven saves en route to the team's third shutout of the year.

• The Greyhounds have not lost to Towson at Towson since 1984.

Scouting the Tigers

• Towson is coming off of a 3-1 win over Longwood on Wednesday evening.

• The Tigers' 5-0-0 record marks their best start since 1995, when the team finished with a 14-4-0 record. 

• Towson has scored first in every game this season and has not allowed a first-half goal since September 8.

Catching Up

• Loyola captured its first win of the season on September 11 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.

• 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.