Nov. 4, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The accolades keep coming for Loyola's Jamie Darvill, who was named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. The junior forward netted a hat trick and a game-winner in two Loyola victories over the weekend, propelling his team to its second consecutive MAAC season title. For their efforts, the unbeaten Greyhounds were bumped up a spot to No. 6 in today's NSCAA/adidas rankings.
Darvill, a native of London, England, found the nice thrice in Sunday's 3-nil win over Manhattan, clinching the team's second league title in as many years.
He converted a penalty kick five minutes into the game and doubled up minutes later on a nice rebound effort in the box. The elusive hat trick came in the 52nd minute on a breakaway goal assisted by Mike Deasel.
Before Darvill, the last Greyhounds player to net three goals in a game was Omar Alfonso, who recorded the feat in a 5-1 victory over Rider back in 2003.
The forward also scored the game-winner in Friday's 1-nil decision over Saint Peter's.
Spearheading an Loyola offensive unit that ranks third nationally in scoring (2.35 goals a game), Darvill leads the MAAC in goals (14) and points (36) and is fifth nationally in points per game (2.12).
Darvill was also tabbed as the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. He's received national merit as well, named the Top Drawer National Player of the Week and a College Soccer News National Selection of the Week. Bucknell's Conor O'Brien shared the ECAC award with Darvill.
The unbeaten Greyhounds (16-0-1 overall, 8-0-0 MAAC) conclude their regular-season campaign on the road Saturday, traveling to Lawrenceville, N.J. for a 2 p.m. match vs. Rider. The team carries a national-best 25 match unbeaten streak into the contest, going a remarkable 23-0-2 in that span. The team also holds down the sixth spot in both the College Soccer News and Soccer America rankings, respectively.