Canisius, Niagara Await Men's Soccer This Weekend

Oct. 20, 2010


Game Information
Opponent Canisius
Date Friday, October 22, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Buffalo, N.Y. | Demske Sports Complex
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Game Information
Opponent Niagara
Date Sunday, October 24, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Niagara, N.Y. | Niagara Field
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New York State of Mind

• Loyola moved up a spot in the NSCAA/ Regional Rankings this week, improving to No. 2 in the North Atlantic region.

• The Greyhounds complete a three-game road swing with matches against New York MAAC foes Canisius (2-9-1, 2-2-0) and Niagara (4-8-1, 2-2-0). 

• Loyola won its only match last week, a 1-0 shutout against Rider. Eddie Dines scored from a Stephen Dooley cross and Kyle Wittman posted his fourth shutout.

• The second edition of this year’s NCAA RPI rankings moved the Greyhounds to No. 50. Loyola has played three opponents in the top 50 so far this year in Maryland (6), William & Mary (5) and Monmouth (26). 

• Goalkeeper Kyle Wittman won this week’s MAAC Defensive Player of the Week award after making four saves against Rider to secure his MAAC-leading fourth shutout of the year. The honor marks the fourth straight week Loyola has captured a MAAC weekly award and the sixth week the Greyhounds have taken at least one award since the MAAC began this season’s awards seven weeks ago.

Series Histories

• Loyola holds a commanding lead over Canisius, 20-1-0. Loyola’s only loss came in a 1-0 affair on October 6, 1996.

• The Greyhounds have won the last 14 matches, including a 2-1 win over the Golden Griffins last year. Jamie Darvill and Phil Bannister scored for Loyola in the victory.

• Loyola also enjoys a 20-2-0 advantage over Niagara. The Greyhounds beat the Purple Eagles twice last year—a 4-0 regular season shutout on October 16 and the historic last-minute 1-0 double-overtime win in the MAAC Championship game.

• Niagara’s two wins came in 2006 (1-0) and 1998 (2-1).

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 Golden Griffins

• Canisius enters Friday’s match with a 2-9-1 record overall and a 2-2-0 record in the MAAC. The Golden Griffins knocked off Manhattan on October 15, 4-0, before dropping an October 17 contest to Saint Peter’s, 1-0.

• Canisius ranks first in the MAAC and second in corner kicks and yellow cards.

• Eight different players share the team lead in goals, with one apiece.

• Canisius goalkeeper Kareem Gray ranks first in the MAAC in saves with 56 and second in saves per game, at a 5.09 clip.

Scouting the Purple Eagles

• Niagara has compiled a 4-8-1 through its first 13 games with a 2-2 mark in MAAC play. The Purple Eagles dropped its match against Saint Peter’s on October 15 in overtime, 1-0, before recovering with a 4-0 rout of Manhattan on October 17.

• Niagara junior forward Carl Haworth earned this week’s MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award with a hat trick against Manhattan. Haworth leads the team with nine goals.

• The Purple Eagles enter Sunday’s match looking for a measure of revenge. Loyola ended Niagara’s season last year with a goal from Matt Tyrie with 23 seconds left in double overtime of the MAAC Championship game. The goal sent Loyola to the NCAA College Cup.

• Niagara ranks second in the MAAC in shots (173), points (65) and assists (19).

• Carl Haworth leads the MAAC in points, with 22 on nine goals and four assists. Haworth also ranks second in goals, with nine, and fifth in assists, with four. Liam Gilbert ranks third in points (16) and goals (6), and ranks fifth in assists, with four.

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.

• A video about Bannister's candidacy and voting information is available by clicking here.

Greyhounds Making Waves

• In addition to Wittman’s award this week, last week Phil Bannister collected his 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 10 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 average a home crowd of 904 through six 2010 home events.

Catching Up

• 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. Phil Bannister notched a hat trick against Manhattan and Jamie Libby added another, while Diego McQuestion scored the first of his career against Saint Peter’s.

• 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 played in 189 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.