Sept. 21, 2009
Game No. 7
Loyola Greyhounds (3-2-1) at UMBC Retrievers (7-0-0)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 7 p.m.
Catonsville, Maryland UMBC Soccer Stadium
- Loyola continues non-conference action with another local opponent when the Greyhounds travel to Catonsville, Md., for a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday, September 22, at UMBC.
- The match will be Loyola's third of four this season against a team from the State of Maryland. The Greyhounds have defeated Mount St. Mary's and Towson, and they close their non-conference slate with an October 6 match at home versus Navy.
- Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 22nd time in series history.
- Last year's match was stopped less than 15 minutes into the contest due to torrential rain. Because of scheduling issues, it was not made up.
- The Greyhounds hold an 18-1-2 advantage in the series, but it has been very close since 2000. (See series history on page 2)
- Loyola defeated UMBC, 1-0, in 2007, and the Retrievers picked up their first win in the all-time series, 2-1, in 2003. The Greyhounds won a pair of one-goal games in overtime when the sides met in 2000 and 2002.
- Loyola missed the offensive skills of Phil Bannister after the junior forward was injured early in the first half against Mount St. Mary's on September 4. After exiting that game in the 12th minute, Bannister missed Loyola's matches against Quinnipiac, Syracuse and Hartwick.
- During that stretch, the Greyhounds were held to just three goals, with two coming in the Mount St. Mary's match after Bannister left.
- Bannister was back in the starting lineup versus Towson, scoring the eventual game-winner in the 29th minute. He teamed with fellow forward Jamie Darvill to create a dangerous attach for Loyola. Bannister finished with five shots, three on frame.
- The goal was Bannister's first of the 2009 season, lifting his career total to 27 goals. He is now tied for 16th all-time at Loyola in goals scored. (See chart on page 2)
`D' Looks Sharp
- The Greyhounds' defense held Towson scoreless after the Tigers entered the match averaging 2.0 goals per game in their first five matches of the season.
- Senior captain Tennant McVea made a textbook sliding tackle with under 15 minutes to play, knocking the ball away from Marco Mangione and avert a 1-on-1 opportunity between Mangione and goalkeeper Kyle Wittman.
- Several other Loyola players, including, but not limited to, Mike Deasel, Charlie Hutton and Eddie Dines all made 1-on-1 stops or cleared the ball away from danger in the second half.
Clean Sheet Three
- Junior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman recorded his third shutout of the season, and his career, versus the Tigers.
- He tied his previous career-high with seven saves, turning back all of Towson's on frame shots. Wittman also had seven saves against Syracuse.
State Success Story
- In its 77 years of men's soccer, Loyola has amassed a 177-108-29 record (.610) against opponents from the State of Maryland.
Tough Stretch Ahead
- Loyola's next two matches come against teams with a combined 14-0-0 record this season. Both UMBC and Monmouth are enjoying 7-0-0 starts to their 2009 campaigns. Monmouth was ranked 19th in the September 15 NSCAA/adidas coaches poll, while UMBC was receiving votes.
- 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. After assisting on Phil Bannister's score against Towson, Darvill is 10th all-time in career assists with 21.
- Darvill is one of only nine players in Loyola history to score 20 or more goals and record 20 or more assists.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Loyola hosts 19th-ranked Monmouth in a Family Weekend affair on Saturday, September 26, at 1 p.m. The Hawks bring a 7-0-0 record to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in a match that will be a major part of the weekend's festivities at Loyola.