Siena, Marist Arrive For Men's Soccer Halloween Weekend

Oct. 27, 2010

Game Information
Opponents Siena
Date Friday, October 29, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Information
Opponents Marist
Date Sunday, October 31, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Promotions: Bring the whole family to Friday night’s game against Siena at 7 p.m. for Fright Night at the Ridley Athletic Complex! All kids in costume or a team jersey get in free and kids in attendance can also take home candy as they trick or treat at 6:30 p.m. with the Greyhound basketball, volleyball and lacrosse teams! All attendees receive tickets to Sunday’s Senior Day match against Marist at 1 p.m. In addition to the Halloween festivities, an alumni reception in the Class of 1968 Greyhound Suite will follow an alumni game at 6 p.m. on Lugano Field next to the stadium.

Halloween Havoc

• Loyola made its first appearance in the “Receiving Votes” portion of the NSCAA/ National Rankings, receiving a vote for the first time this season. The Greyhounds remained at No. 2 in the North Atlantic region.

• Loyola plays its final two home games in the regular season with MAAC matches against Siena (8-5-1, 4-1-1) who enters Friday’s match one point behind the Greyhounds in the MAAC standings, and Marist (7-7-0, 2-3-0).

• The Greyhounds took down Canisius, 2-0, and Niagara, 1-0 over the weekend. Kyle Wittman made a combined 11 saves and Glenn Leitch scored all three goals.

• Loyola moved up six spots to No. 44 in this week’s edition of the NCAA RPI rankings. The Greyhounds have played five opponents in the top 50 so far this year in Maryland (4), William & Mary (6), Monmouth (26), Towson (38) and Villanova (50).

• Goalkeeper Kyle Wittman won this week’s MAAC Defensive Player of the Week award and forward Glenn Leitch took MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The honor marks the fifth straight week Loyola has captured a MAAC weekly award and the 12th for the team this season. Wittman has captured four Defensive Player of the Week awards this season.

Series Histories

• Loyola holds a 20-3-1 lead over Siena, including taking last year’s meeting at Siena in a 3-1 win. Jamie Darvill, Glenn Leitch and Eddie Dines scored for the Greyhounds.

• Loyola also enjoys a 17-3-1 advantage over Marist. The Red Foxes tied the Greyhounds in the teams’ regular season meeting last year. 

• Both Marist and Siena’s last wins against Loyola came in 1995.

• Sixteen of Loyola’s 20 wins over Siena have come by shutout, while the Greyhounds have shut out Marist 10 times.

Scouting the Saints

• Siena enters Friday’s match against Loyola one point behind Loyola in the MAAC with a 7-6-1 overall record and a 4-1-0 tally in league play. Siena knocked off Manhattan, 4-0, last Friday before thrashing Saint Peter’s, 7-1, on Sunday.

• The Saints are ranked at No. 8 in the North Atlantic region and the MAAC named forward Emery Welshman its Co-Offensive Player of the Week and James Beeston its Rookie of the Week.

• Welshman leads the team with eight goals and 19 points. The Saint ranks third in the MAAC in points and goals.

• Siena ranks fourth in NCAA Division I in scoring offense (2.57 goals per game) and fifth in total goals (36). The Saints also lead the MAAC in points (104), goals (36) and assists (32).

Scouting the Red Foxes

• Marist has compiled a 7-7-0 overall record and a 2-3-0 MAAC record in 2010 and will play Rider on the road on Friday before arriving at Loyola for Sunday’s match Last weekend, the Red Foxes dropped a game to Saint Peter’s (1-0) before bouncing back against Manhattan (3-0).

• Marist is ranked No. 9 in the North Atlantic region.

• Stephan Brossard and Krystian Witkowski are tied for the team lead in goals, with six. 

• Marist ranks second in the MAAC in shots (218), fourth in points (61), third in goals (22), third in shutouts (four) and fifth in assists (15).

Come and See How Good We Look

• Loyola leads in the MAAC in goals allowed (13 over 13 games), shutouts (six) and corner kicks (78).

• The Greyhounds also rank third in the MAAC in points (63), goals (22) and assists (19).

None Shall Pass

Kyle Wittman is on pace to replicate his stellar 2009 junior season with his strong play this year, compiling an 8-3-2 record highlighted by six clean sheets. 

• In addition to the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, Wittman also earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference this week for the second time this season.

• The senior goalkeeper has not been scored on in 349:31 and leads the MAAC in goals against average (0.97) and shutouts (six) and ranks second in save percentage (.794). Wittman currently has 15 career shutouts.

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.

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

Kyle Wittman has won two straight MAAC Defensive Player of the Week awards after nabbing the honor this week and 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 when the two received the awards on October 11.

• 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 12 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 won its match on October 16, a 1-0 shutout against Rider. Eddie Dines scored from a Stephen Dooley cross and Kyle Wittman posted his fourth shutout.

• 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 190 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.