Quartet Of Greyhounds Earn Men's, Women's Soccer Honors From MAAC

Oct. 19, 2009

EDISON, N.J. - Four Loyola soccer players were earned weekly awards on Monday from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as the Greyhounds men's and women's sides combined to go 4-0 last weekend in league action.

Freshman forward Nichole Schiro and senior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson earned MAAC Offensive and Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on the women's side, while senior forward and senior center back Tennant McVea were honored as MAAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the men.

Schiro, a freshman forward, recorded back-to-back three-point games, scoring a goal and logging an assist in each of Loyola's games. In the 2-1 overtime victory at Fairfield, she delivered in the extra stanza, heading in a shot for the game-winning goal and clinching the MAAC regular-season title for the Greyhounds. Earlier in the match against the Stags, she assisted on Lina Staropoli's go-ahead goal.

The Okemos, Mich., native, also added a goal and assisted on Theresa Ferraina's game-winner in a 5-0 victory at Iona earlier that week.

Schiro currently leads the team with 19 points and seven goals, four of which have been the game-winning variety. As a rookie, Schiro leads the conference in points (13) and goals (5) in conference matches.

Nichole Schiro leads the MAAC in scoring during conference matches.

Henderson, a senior goalkeeper recorded a pair of road victories over Iona and Fairfield, allowing just one goal in the two games. The senior stopped five shots at Iona for her league-high seventh shutout of the season, her fifth-straight clean sheet and fourth in MAAC games. Henderson also stopped three more shots and allowed just one goal in a 99-plus minute win at Fairfield.

On the season, Henderson has allowed just 15 goals in 16 games, good for a MAAC-leading 0.91 goals against average. Henderson also has accumulated a .810 save percentage on 64 saves this season,

In her last 19 games in the month of October, Henderson has allowed just three goals for a 0.16 GAA. Henderson also is second all-time at Loyola with 292 saves and 23 shutouts.

The Loyola women close out the regular season this weekend with home games against MAAC rivals, Saint Peter's (October 23) and Manhattan (October 25). The matchup against the Jaspers is also `Senior Day' where eight seniors, including Henderson, will appear in their last game at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

McVea, who is also a finalist for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, helped the Loyola defense hold Niagara and Canisius to a combined one goal in two matches last week.

The center back also assisted on Loyola's first goal against the Golden Griffins on Sunday. Goalkeeper Kyle Wittman plucked a Canisius corner kick from the air and immediately rolled the ball to McVea in the middle of the 18.

McVea had space to run, and he carried the ball over midfield where he sent a ball into the deep right corner to Darvill. The forward then crossed it to Wade McHugh who finished the play with a header into the right side of the net from seven yards out, staking the Greyhounds (6-6-1 overall, 3-0-0 MAAC) to a 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute.

Darvill, who received the offensive accolade for the second week in a row from the conference, was involved in Loyola's other goal against Canisius, too. He took a pass from Phil Bannister, beat his defender and scored the eventual game-winner in the 74th minute.

He also scored twice in Loyola's 4-0 victory on Friday afternoon versus Niagara, recording his second multi-goal game in as many contests.

Darvill has now scored seven goals in Loyola's last four matches, raising his season total to a MAAC-leading nine. He is tied for 11th in NCAA Division I with 1.77 points per game, and the forward is tied for 16th with 0.69 goals per game.

The MAAC award is the fifth of Darvill's career, and McVea's second.

Earlier on Monday, Bannister, a junior forward for the Greyhounds, was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after recording four assists. He assisted on Danny Ankrah's game-winner against the Purple Eagles and then had the helper on all three of Darvill's goals this weekend.

Loyola is back in action on Friday evening when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to play Marist at 7 p.m.