Nov. 16, 2007
Orlando, Fla. - Sophomore co-captain Tennant McVea has been named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year while freshman Phil Bannister garnered MAAC Rookie of the Year honors at the year-end banquet on Friday night at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick was also named MAAC Coach of the Year after guiding his squad to the league's top seed at this weekend's conference tournament.
Coach Mettrick's Greyhounds have posted an impressive 16-3 overall record this season, and the defense, led by McVea, has 13 shutouts, including nine against conference opponents. Mettrick, who earned NSCAA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors in 2001, was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year at Mount St. Mary's, is now a four-time recipient of the MAAC Coach of the Year honors. His teams at Loyola have captured six regular season MAAC titles and have advanced to two NCAA College Cups.
McVea, meanwhile, has captained the defense to the nation's second-best shutout percentage. The Greyhounds have 10 shutouts in their last 11 matches, including Thursday's 2-nil blanking of Siena in the MAAC Quarterfinals. The offense; however, has been led by Bannister, who in his rookie year has already posted 12 goals and leads the team with 28 points and seven game-winners.
Sophomore goalkeeper Milos Kocic joined McVea as a first-team All-MAAC honoree. Kocic has played every minute in goal this season for Loyola, picking up the team's 13 shutouts and a save percentage of .849. Kocic also has a goals-against average of 0.61 this season.
The Greyhounds landed four starters on the MAAC second team. Among those was Bannister and fellow freshman Eddie Dines, who is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and 19 points on the year. Senior Camilo Correa and junior co-captain Josh Taylor were also second-team All-MAAC selections, while Bannister, Dines and freshman Glenn Leitch were chosen to the All-Rookie squad.
Loyola also had a pair of Academic All-MAAC selections in Anthony Amato and Greg Howard. The Greyhounds, who took three of the top four honors on the night, play Canisius in the MAAC Semifinals on Saturday at 11 a.m.
2007 MAAC Men's Soccer Awards
Defensive Player of the Year Tennant McVea, Loyola
Rookie of the Year Phil Bannister, Loyola
Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year Mark Mettrick, Loyola
Offensive Player of the YearMurphy Wiredu, Saint Peter's
First Team All-MAACBryan OelkersIonaBackTennant McVea LoyolaBackAssaf ShelegSaint Peter'sBackLiam WelshSienaBackSam BaileyFairfieldMidfielderJosh SwettManhattanMidfielderChris DeAbreuSaint Peter'sMidfielderAlan McGrealCanisiusForwardJuan GaviriaSaint Peter'sForwardMurphy WireduSaint Peter'sForwardMilos KocicLoyolaGoalkeeper
Second Team All-MAACSean VellaCanisiusBackTom ClementsFairfieldBackTom SkaraFairfieldBackCamilo CorreaLoyolaBackJosh TaylorLoyolaBackBilly GustafsonNiagaraBackMatthew UyFairfieldMidfielderPasquale AbuisoIonaMidfielderEddie DinesLoyolaMidfielderTony SafranManhattanMidfielderJason LaffinSienaMidfielderAly LoIonaForwardPhil BannisterLoyolaForwardUdi NaimSaint Peter'sForwardSteve SkoniecznySienaGoalkeeper
All-Rookie TeamJack CleverlyFairfieldBackRoberto Hernandez-RaaenIonaBackGlenn LeitchLoyolaBackJoshua RennerManhattanBackSteven MoralesMaristBackNico MossaMaristBackDaniel AucarSienaBackEddie DinesLoyolaMidfielderLevi TeschNiagaraMidfielderLebogang PilaSaint Peter'sMidfielderPhil BanniserLoyolaForwardJoe TouloumisMaristForwardJoe TaverneseSienaForwardSteve SkoniecznySienaGoalkeeper