Men's Soccer Wraps Regular Season At Fairfield, Iona

Nov. 3, 2010

Game Information
Opponents Fairfield
Date Friday, November 5, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Fairfield, Conn. | Lessing Field
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Game Information
Opponents Iona
Date Sunday, November 7, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location New Rochelle, N.Y. | Mazella Field
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And Down The Stretch They Come

• Loyola, No. 2 in the North Atlantic region for the fourth straight week, wraps up the regular season after clinching a berth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships last week. The Greyhounds take on Fairfield (4-7-5, 3-4-0) on Friday night before traveling to Iona (6-8-1, 4-3-0) for a Sunday tilt.

• The Greyhounds suffered its first MAAC loss last Friday in a 2-1 defeat against Siena but responded with a Glenn Leitch hat-trick and an Eddie Dines overtime winner to beat Marist on Sunday, 4-3. The win clinched a MAAC Championships spot for Loyola.

• Loyola moved to No. 53 in this week’s edition of the NCAA RPI rankings. The Greyhounds have played three opponents in the top 50 so far this year in Maryland (5), William & Mary (7) and Monmouth (20).

Glenn Leitch took MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors this week for the second consecutive week after scoring seven points last weekend. The honor marks the six straight week Loyola has captured a MAAC weekly award and the 13th for the team this season. 

• Leitch was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. 

Series Histories

• Loyola holds a 25-6-1 lead over Fairfield after going 1-0-1 against the Stags last year. The two sides played to a scoreless tie on Nov. 1 before the Greyhounds knocked Fairfield out of the MAAC Championships in the semifinals, 3-0, on Nov. 13.

• Loyola also enjoys a 23-2-1 advantage over Iona. The Greyhounds shut out the Gaels in last year’s meeting, 2-0.

• Loyola’s record against Fairfield since 2006 is 4-3-1.

• Only seven of the games between Fairfield and Loyola have not been shutouts.

• Iona’s two wins over Loyola came in 2006 and 1997.

Scouting the Stags

• Fairfield, who has compiled a 4-7-5 overall record and a 3-4-0 MAAC record, enters Friday’s match tied for seventh in the MAAC men’s soccer standings, with nine points.

• The Stags are ranked seventh in the MAAC in points scored (41) and goals (15 in 16 games). Fairfield’s defense has the fourth-fewest goals allowed in the MAAC, with 19.

• Jon Clements and Nuno Rodrigues lead the team with seven points each. 

• Fairfield split its games last weekend, taking down Manhattan, 4-1, before dropping Sunday’s match to Saint Peters’, 2-0.

Scouting the Gaels

• Iona has compiled a 6-8-1 overall record and a 4-3-0 record in the MAAC and will play Rider on Friday before hosting Loyola for Sunday’s match. Currently, the Gaels occupy fourth place in the MAAC standings.

• Last weekend, Saint Peter’s edged Iona, 1-0, before the Gaels responded with a 3-0 shutout of Manhattan on Sunday.

• Mario Rios leads the team in points, with 10, while Douglas Stephens leads the Gaels in goals, with four.

• Freshman midfielder Franklin Castellanos captured this week’s MAAC Rookie of the Week award after scoring the game-winning goal and notching an assist in the team’s 3-0 win over Manhattan.

• Iona leads the MAAC in goals allowed (17) and ranks third in shutouts (4).

Come and See How Good We Look

• Offensively, Loyola ranks second in the MAAC in points (79), third in goals (27) and second in assists (26).

• Defensively, the Greyhounds also rank second in the MAAC in goals allowed (18 in 15 games), second in shutouts (six) and second in corner kicks (91).

Bannister Helps His Way to History

• This week, Phil Bannister was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team for the second straight year.

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

Glenn Leitch has won two straight MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week awards after nabbing the honor this week and last week.

Kyle Wittman has won four MAAC Defensive Player of the Week awards this season (9/7, 9/27, 10/18, 10/25) 

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.

Jamie Libby earned a Rookie of the Week honor on September 13. 

• Loyola has nabbed 13 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 averaged a home crowd of 764 through eight 2010 home events.

Catching Up

• The Greyhounds took down Canisius, 2-0, and Niagara, 1-0, in matches on October 22 and 24. Kyle Wittman made a combined 11 saves and Glenn Leitch scored all three goals. 

• 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 191 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.