Men's Soccer, Ranked First In Region, Plays Host To Canisius And Niagara

Nov. 1, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's soccer team will host Canisius and Niagara in its final two regular season matches this Friday and Sunday. The Greyhounds welcome the Golden Griffins for a 4 p.m. match on Friday, and play the Purple Eagles at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Both games will take place on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Loyola enters the final regular season weekend with a 6-1 conference record and a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed at the MAAC Championship Tournament in Orlando, Fla. The Greyhounds' six conference wins have all come via shutout, and victories over Canisius and Niagara would seal the top seed and give Loyola the regular season MAAC title.

Friday's match with Canisius will be of major significance in the final MAAC standings with the Golden Griffins posting a 5-2 league record to date. Loyola has won its last 10 matches with Canisius, but the Griffs are coming off a solid weekend in which they knocked off St. Peter's to move into second place in the league standings.

On Sunday, Loyola will host Niagara in the regular season finale, which will also be Senior Day at Evergreen. Seniors Janson Blake and Camilo Correa will play their last game at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field and will be honored before the match.

Overall, the Greyhounds are 13-3 this season with freshman Phil Bannister leading the team in scoring with 10 goals and 23 points. Bannister has five game-winners, while sophomores Jamie Darvill and Tennant McVea have three apiece.

Loyola is 7-0 at home this season with six shutouts on the DGA turf. The Greyhounds moved up to first in the regional rankings and are receiving votes in the College Soccer News national poll this week.

The MAAC Championship Tournament will take place at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando from November 14-18.