Sept. 23, 2009
Game No. 8
Loyola Greyhounds (3-3-1) vs. No. 14 Monmouth Hawks (7-0-0)
Saturday, September 26, 2009 1 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland Diane Geppi-Aikens Field
- Loyola hosts 14th-ranked Monmouth in a Family Weekend match on Saturday, September 26 at 1 p.m. on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
- The game is part of a host of activities during the weekend, with the paramount festivities taking place as Loyola officially becomes Loyola University Maryland. In a convocation on Friday, the school will celebrate its official transition from Loyola College in Maryland.
- Several activities are available on Saturday, before and after the soccer game, concluding with a fireworks show and dessert reception on Saturday night, beginning at 8 p.m. on the quad.
Can't Make It?
- If you aren't able to make it to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for Saturday's contest - or any home match - it's no sweat. All home Loyola men's soccer matches are broadcast live on Greyhounds All-Access.
- Loyola and Monmouth will play for the sixth time in series history.
- The Greyhounds hold a 3-1-1 advantage in the previous meetings. The schools are former conference opponents, as Loyola was a member of the ECAC Metro Conference (predecessor to the Northeast Conference) from 1985-1989.
- Loyola is 45-10-4 all-time against current members of the NEC.
Another 7-0 Foe
- The Greyhounds play their second opponent in a row that enters the match with a perfect 7-0-0 record. Monmouth, which is ranked 14th in this week's NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll, sports the same record UMBC did prior to Tuesday night's match.
Getting The Shots
- Loyola outshot its opponent for the first time this season on Tuesday night against UMBC. The Greyhounds took 11 shots to the Retrievers' nine, but could not find the net.
- The Greyhounds also garnered eight corner kicks in the match, tied for the most they've received this season (Mount St. Mary's).
- 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.
`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.
- 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.
- The Greyhounds play their final road non-conference match of the season on Wednesday, September 30, in Williamsburg, Va., against William & Mary, at 7 p.m. Loyola returns home for an October 6 match against Navy.