Men's Soccer Preps For MAAC Match At Rider

Oct. 13, 2010

Game Information
Opponent Rider
Date Saturday, October 15, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Lawrenceville, N.J. | Campus Turf Field
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Jersey Boys

• Loyola held steady in the NSCAA/ Regional Rankings this week, checking in at No. 3 in the North Atlantic region.

• The Greyhounds bring a five-match unbeaten streak into Lawrenceville, N.J. for a MAAC matchup against Rider. Loyola went 1-1 in its opening MAAC weekend with a 4-0 shutout over Manhattan and a 1-1 tie against Saint Peter’s.

• The first edition of this year’s NCAA RPI rankings put the Greyhounds at No. 39. Loyola has played five opponents in the top 50 so far this year in Maryland (7), William & Mary (8), Monmouth (18), Towson (31) and Villanova (46).

• Loyola captured three MAAC weekly awards this week as Phil Bannister won Co-Offensive Player of the Week, Jamie Libby took Defensive Player of the Week and Diego McQuestion earned his first Rookie of the Week honor. The awards mark the third straight week at least two Loyola players have earned MAAC weekly awards and the fifth week the Greyhounds have taken at least one award since the MAAC began this season’s awards six weeks ago.

Series History

• Loyola leads the series with a . 740 winning percentage at 18-6-1. 

• The Greyhounds have won the last five matches against Rider, including a 3-0 affair in Baltimore at last year’s meeting. Loyola has won the last four games by shutout.

• Rider’s last win over the Greyhounds came in the 2004 MAAC Semifinals, when the Broncs emerged victorious, 3-1. Rider avenged a 2-1 loss earlier that season with the win.

• The two sides played their first two games in 1946 and 1947 before resuming the series in 1979.

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 eighth place on Loyola’s all-time goals list with his 38th, 39th and 40th career goals in a hat trick against Manhattan on October 8.. He also ranks sixth on Loyola’s career scoring list with 109 points.

• Bannister currently leads Division I in goals per game, with 1.22, after scoring 10 goals in nine games. He also ranks second in total goals (10), third in points per game (2.33) and fifth in total points (21). Bannister leads the MAAC in goals, goals per game, game-winning goals (2), points, points per game, shots (42) and shots per game (4.67)

• 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 Broncs

• Rider enters Saturday’s game with a 2-9-0 record overall and a 1-1-0 record in the MAAC. The Broncs fell to Saint Peter’s on October 8, 1-5, before topping Manhattan, 2-0, on October 10.

• Rider ranks first in the MAAC in saves and fouls.

• Sam Kotowski leads the Broncs with three goals for six points.

Stay CLASSy, Phil Bannister

Phil Bannister was named as a finalist for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award on Monday. Bannister is one of 10 men’s soccer players selected as a finalist. 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.

Greyhounds Making Waves

• This week’s MAAC weekly awards mark Bannister’s third straight Offensive Player of the Week honor and Jamie Libby became the third consecutive Greyhound to take MAAC Defensive Player of the Week.

• Five different Loyola players have earned MAAC weekly awards this year.

Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones were named MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week on October 4. The award marked the first of the year 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 earned a Rookie of the Week honor on September 13. 

• Loyola has nabbed nine 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 904 through three home events this season.

Catching Up

• 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. 

• 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).

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.