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Men's Soccer Starts MAAC Slate Saturday With Rider

Oct. 7, 2009

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Game No. 11
Loyola Greyhounds (3-6-1) vs. Rider Broncs (3-5-0)
Saturday, October 10, 2009 • 1 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field


Game Data

  • Loyola opens its 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season schedule on Saturday, October 10, when it hosts Rider at 1 p.m. on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.


Series Stats

  • The Loyola-Rider series dates back to 1946, the fourth season of varsity soccer on the Evergreen Campus. The sides played in 1946 and '47 with the Broncs coming out on top both times. Following those matches, they did not meet again until 1979.
  • Loyola holds a 17-6-1 advantage in the previous 24 meetings.
  • The Greyhounds are 12-0-0 against Rider in MAAC regular-season action, but the Broncs are 3-1-0 when they meet in the MAAC Championships.


Final(ist) For CLASS

  • Loyola senior back Tennant McVea was named one of 10 finalists in NCAA Division I men's soccer for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, presented to a student-athlete who exemplifies high standards in character, community, competition and the classroom. Before the season began, he was one of 30 candidates for the award, a list that was pared to 10 this week.
  • Fans can vote for McVea at the Senior CLASS website or by texting M5 to 74567 through November 13. The fan vote will count for one-third of the final ballot with national media and coaches making up the remaining two-thirds.
  • Loyola University Maryland was the only school to have both a men's and women's soccer student-athlete named finalists this season. Theresa Ferraina is one of 10 finalists on the women's side.


Defending The MAAC

  • Saturday's match will be Loyola's first toward its defense of the MAAC Regular-Season Championship. The Greyhounds have won the title each of the last two seasons and in 16 of 20 seasons of competition in the league (including the MAAC South crown in 1989, Loyola's first in the MAAC).
  • Entering their 21st season of MAAC play, the Greyhounds are 144-17-5 (.883) all-time in conference regular-season matches.


Sharing Strikers

  • Phil Bannister assisted on Jamie Darvill's equalizing goal in the second half Tuesday against Navy, marking the 16th time over the past three seasons that one has assisted on the other's goal.
  • Darvill, who is ninth all-time at Loyola with 22 assists, has recorded the helper 10 times when Bannister scores, including one earlier this year against Towson. Bannister, who has 15 career assists has six on Darvill's goals.


Last Time Out

  • Navy's Luke Goldsborough scored off a Mark Garcia rebounded shot, and the Mids beat Loyola, 2-1, less than two minutes into overtime on Tuesday.


Glenn Gets His Third

  • Glenn Leitch scored his team-leading third goal of the season, tying the Loyola-William & Mary game at 1-1 in the 81st minute.
  • Leitch entered the 2009 season with eight career goals, scoring six last season, and now has 11 for his career.


First Team To Score Wins

  • In nine of Loyola's games this season - not counting the scoreless tie at Quinnipiac - the team to score first has been victorious.


Elite Feet

  • Jamie Darvill continued to climb the Loyola all-time scoring charts with his second-half goal against Navy. He now has 29 career goals, tied for 15th at Loyola with Mark Hopper.
  • Darvill moved into a tie for ninth all-time at Loyola with 22 career assists, matching the mark of Nick Mangione, who recorded 22 helpers from 1976-1979.
  • Darvill is also tied for 15th at the school with 80 career points. With two more, he will tie current Loyola Assistant Director of Athletics Bill Wnek for 14th with 82 career points.


Jones, Tyrie Made Debut In Starting 11

  • Gerwyn Jones made his collegiate debut in Loyola's starting lineup at William & Mary. The freshmen from Wales started on Loyola's defensive line.
  • Matt Tyrie made the first start of his college career, after coming off the bench in seven of the first eight contests, beginning the match up top against the Tribe.


Wittman Sets Career High

  • Kyle Wittman made a career-high 10 saves in goal for the Greyhounds at William & Mary. He eclipsed his previous best of seven set against Syracuse and Towson.
  • Can't Make It?
  • If you aren't able to make it to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a Loyola home contest, it's no sweat. All home Loyola men's soccer matches are broadcast live on Greyhounds All-Access.


Designation Change

  • As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as `Loyola University Maryland.' Since its founding in 1852, the institution was recognized as `Loyola College,' but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council, a move that took effect September 25.
  • To read more about the change, visit the Loyola University Maryland home page.


In The Pros

  • A pair of former Loyola goalkeepers squared off in Major League Soccer action last Saturday night when D.C. United hosted Chivas U.S.A.
  • Zach Thornton `94 and Chivas won the match 2-0 against Milos Kocic `09 and his United side.


Up Next

  • Loyola hosts a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches next weekend when Niagara and Canisius come to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds play the Purple Eagles on Friday, October 16, at 5 p.m., and the Golden Griffins on Sunday, October 18, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast live on Greyhounds All-Access.