Nov. 12, 2009
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Loyola University Maryland men's soccer players Jamie Darvill and Tennant McVea were named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors, respectively, by a vote of the league's head coaches.
McVea, a senior back, becomes the first three-time winner of the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year award, while Darvill, a senior forward, received the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
"It is a remarkable accomplishment to achieve these awards in consecutive seasons, and in Tennant's case, three years in a row," Head Coach Mark Mettrick said. "They have been a joy to coach. They have both made major contributions to the Loyola program, of which they can be proud."
Freshman back Gerwyn Jones was tabbed to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Five Greyhounds - Bannister, junior midfielders Eddie Dines, Alex Garcev and Glenn Leitch, and sophomore forward Mark Jaskolski - earned MAAC All-Academic Team nods.
McVea has been a starter from nearly day one as a center back for Loyola, helping the Greyhounds form one of the best defenses in the conference, as well as the nation. Over the past three season, Loyola has 46-12-5 (.770) record, and the Greyhounds have posted a 0.68 goals against average during that span. McVea was also a NSCAA/adidas First Team All-American last season and is a finalist for this year's Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He has been a team captain since his sophomore season.
Darvill has been one of the nation's top scorers over the last two seasons. He tied for the MAAC lead with 10 goals and is second in the conference with nine assists during the regular-season. Darvill is fifth all-time at Loyola with 27 career assists, tied for eight with 99 total points and 11th with 36 goals. Darvill and McVea are both members of the Hermann Trophy Watch List, given yearly to the nation's top player.
Deasel has been one of the top defensive midfielders in the region since coming to Loyola. Through his defensive skills, the Greyhounds have recorded seven shutouts this season and held conference opponents to a 0.74 goals against average.
Bannister leads the MAAC with 10 assists through the end of the regular-season, and his three goals are third on the team in 2009. In three years at Loyola, Bannister is tied for sixth all-time with 25 career assists. He also is tied for 14th with 83 total points and tied for 16th with 29 goals.
After missing the first eight games of the year, Jones immediately stepped into the starting lineup at center back and became an impact player in the Greyhounds' defense.
Loyola commences postseason play on Friday, November 13, 2009, when they take on Fairfield in the MAAC Semifinals. The Greyhounds finished the regular-season 9-7-3 overall and 6-1-2 in MAAC action, earning the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championships.