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Men's Soccer Concludes Regular Season With Road Trip To Saint Peter's, Manhattan

Nov. 4, 2009

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Game No. 18
Loyola Greyhounds (8-6-3, 5-0-2) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (4-11-0, 2-5-0)
Friday, November 6, 2009 • 2 p.m.
Jersey City, New Jersey • Jaroschak Field

Game No. 19
Loyola Greyhounds at Manhattan Jaspers
Sunday, November 8, 2009 • 10 a.m.
Riverdale, New York • Gaelic Park


Game Data

  • Loyola plays its final two regular-season matches of the 2009 season this weekend when it travels to Saint Peter's and Manhattan for a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games.
  • The Greyhounds play the Peacocks in Jersey City, N.J., on Friday, November 6, at 2 p.m., before taking on the Jaspers in Riverdale, N.Y., on Sunday, November 8, at 10 a.m.


Series Stats

  • Loyola and Saint Peter's will meet for the 29th time in series history on Friday. The Greyhounds are 23-5-0 all-time against the Peacocks. Manhattan will be Loyola for the 23rd time with the Greyhounds leading that match-up 19-1-2.


Streaking On Campus

  • Loyola extended its unbeaten streak to seven last weekend with a 2-0 win over No. 22 Iona and a 0-0 tie versus Fairfield. The stretch is Loyola's longest this season.
  • The Greyhounds win over the Gaels was their first against a ranked team since defeating then-No. 15 Fairfield on October 20, 2006.


21 In A Row

  • The Greyhounds' tie against Fairfield gave them 17 points in the MAAC standings, ensuring them of their 21st consecutive trip to the MAAC Championships. Loyola has qualified for every MAAC Men's Soccer Championship since joining the conference in 1989.


Academic Honors

  • Junior forward Phil Bannister earned Academic All-District II honors for the second year in a row from ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA. Bannister carries a 3.44 grade point average in marketing, and he leads the MAAC with an 0.62 assists per game average.
  • Bannister is now eligible for Academic All-America recognition.


Cleaning The Sheets

  • Junior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman put together a pair of clean sheets last weekend, recording 200 minutes of scoreless soccer for the Greyhounds.
  • Prior to last weekend, Iona and Fairfield were 1-2 in the MAAC in goals per game, but Wittman and his defense held them without a tally.
  • For his efforts, Wittman was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week.


No Shot

  • Loyola's defense was at its best in the second half and both overtimes against Fairfield, as it held the Stags without a shot for the match's final 38 minutes. Fairfield managed only one shot on goal in the entire match.


In The Pros

  • Former Loyola All-American Goalkeeper Zach Thornton `94 and his Chivas U.S.A. side are in the midst of the Major League Soccer playoffs. Thornton and Chivas played the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-2 draw on Sunday in the first semifinal match.


Nearing the Top

  • Jamie Darvill's four-assist weekend October - one versus Marist and three against Siena - lifted him to fifth place all-time at Loyola with 27 career assists.
  • With his next assist, Darvill will move into a three-way tie with Ian Reid (1973-76) and Rob Elliott (1989-91) for third place with 28 assists. The senior forward is just two back of tying Marc Harrison (1992-95) and Stan Koziol (1983-87) for the school record with 29.


Cracking The Top 10

  • Phil Bannister moved into the top 10 nationally for assists per game in this week's NCAA Division I statistics. The junior forward missed four matches earlier this year due to injury, but he has now played in the requisite 75-percent of the Greyhounds' games to qualify for the national rankings
  • Bannister's 0.62 assists per game are sixth in all of NCAA Division I. Jamie Darvill, meanwhile is 15th nationally with 0.53 assists per game. Darvill is also 13th in points per game (1.71) and 21st in goals per game (0.59).


Sharing Strikers

  • Jamie Darvill assisted on Phil Bannister's late goal at Siena, marking the 22nd time one has assisted on the other's goal during their two-plus years playing together.
  • Darvill, who is fifth all-time at Loyola with 27 assists, has recorded the helper 11 times when Bannister has scored. Bannister, who has 23 career assists has 11 on Darvill's goals.


CLASS Final

  • Loyola senior back Tennant McVea was named one of 10 finalists in NCAA Division I men's soccer for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, presented to a student-athlete who exemplifies high standards in character, community, competition and the classroom. Before the season began, he was one of 30 candidates for the award, a list that was pared to 10.
  • Fans can vote for McVea at the Senior CLASS website or by texting M5 to 74567 through November 13. The fan vote will count for one-third of the final ballot with national media and coaches making up the remaining two-thirds.
  • Loyola University Maryland was the only school to have both a men's and women's soccer student-athlete named finalists this season. Theresa Ferraina is one of 10 finalists on the women's side.


First Team To Score Wins

  • In 14 of Loyola's games this season - not counting the Greyhounds' three times - the team to score first has been victorious.


Designation Change

  • As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as `Loyola University Maryland.' Since its founding in 1852, it was recognized as `Loyola College,' but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council, a move that took effect that day.


Up Next

  • The Greyhounds will head to the MAAC Championships next weekend in Fairfield, Conn. They will play a to-be-determined opponent on Friday, November 13 at either 4 or 7 p.m.