Men's Soccer Hosts Manhattan, Saint Peter's In MAAC Opener

Oct. 5, 2010

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Opponents Manhattan
Date Friday, October 8, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Opponents Saint Peter's
Date Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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The MAAC is Back

• Loyola made its season debut in the NSCAA/ Regional Rankings this week, checking in at No. 3 in the North Atlantic region. 

• The Greyhounds look to build on a three-game win streak as they begin this season's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate against Manhattan and Saint Peter's. Loyola plays its first game since last Saturday with a Friday night tilt against Manhattan. The Jaspers enter the game aiming for their first win against Loyola since 1994.

• Loyola then stays home at the Ridley Athletic Complex for a contest against the Saint Peter's Peacocks on Sunday afternoon. Saint Peter's provided the only blemish on the Greyhounds' MAAC record in 2009, as Loyola lost to no other MAAC foe.

• The Greyhounds wrapped up non-conference play with a pair of 3-1 wins against Villanova on September 29 and Adelphi on October 2. Phil Bannister scored six points in the twin victories and Kyle Wittman made a combined six saves to earn two wins. Jamie Libby scored his first career goal against Villanova and Gerwyn Jones and Danny Ankrah recorded their first goals of the season.

Series Histories

• Loyola holds a commanding lead in the series against Manhattan, 20-1-2.  

• The Greyhounds' last win against Manhattan came last year, with a 4-1 road win to cap MAAC play on Nov. 8, 2009. Glenn Leitch and Phil Bannister each scored.

• Manhattan's only win against Loyola came in a 2-0 victory on October 5, 1994.

• Loyola also maintians a healthy advantage over Saint Peter's, up 23-6-0 in the teams' history against each other. Saint Peter's handed the Greyhounds their only MAAC loss in 2009, a 2-0 affair in Jersey City, N.J. on November 6. 

• Each team that has won has shut out the other in all games since 2006.

Bannister Helps His Way to History

Phil Bannister tallied his 29th career assist on September 25 against Monmouth to give him a share of the all-time lead at Loyola. Bannister shares the record with 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 a tie with Joe Koziol for ninth place on Loyola's all-time goals list with his 35th and 36th career goals against Villanova and his 37th against Adelphi. He also ranks seventh on Loyola's career scoring list with 103 points thanks to a six-point week against Villanova and Adelphi.

• Bannister currently averages one goal per game. ranking second in Division I.

• For his efforts against Monmouth, Bannister was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the week ending on September 26.

Scouting the Jaspers

• Manhattan enters the game looking for its first win of the season. The Jaspers have not won a game since September 5, 2009 when Manhattan knocked off Army in its second game of the season.

• Manhattan goalkeeper Christopher Lands earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors on October 4 after recording six saves in a 1-0 loss to Fordham.

• Carlo Giachino,  Erick Montinard and Joshua Renner each have a goal for Manhattan.

Scouting the Peacocks

• Saint Peter's begins its weekend with Rider on October 8 at 7 p.m.

• The Peacocks and Greyhounds share a common opponent in Monmouth. Loyola took down the Hawks on Sept. 25, 2-0, while Saint Peter's lost on Sept. 10, 2-1.

• Four different players lead the team with four goals this season while Harry Newman and Lebogang Pila have a team-best five points on the year.

Greyhounds Making Waves

Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones recently earned MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday. The award marks the second of the season for Bannister (September 27) and the first for Jones. 

Kyle Wittman won MAAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending on September 27, marking his second DPOW award this year (September 7).

Jamie Libby has also earned a MAAC weekly award this season, taking Rookie of the Week honor on September 13. 

• Loyola has nabbed six MAAC awards this year, leading the conference.

Crowded House

• Loyola's game against No. 7 Maryland on September 14 drew 2,090 fans to the Ridley Athletic Complex, marking the largest soccer crowd in the stadium's young history. The game boasted the highest attendance for that week in games involving a top 25 team.

• The Greyhounds currently average a home crowd of 1,276 through three home events this season.

Catching Up

• Loyola's game against UMBC on September 22 was canceled due to inclement weather in the first half.

•  The Greyhounds fell to No. 7 Maryland on September 14, 3-0, at Ridley Athetic Complex. The game marked the first ranked opponent the team has faced in 2010.

• 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.

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 led 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 175 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.