Men's & Women's Soccer Recognized For Classroom Excellence

Dec. 4, 2009

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland was one of 39 schools NCAA Division I schools to have both its men's and women's soccer teams honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for academic success.

The Loyola men's and women's sides each earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards for having cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher for the 2008-2009 academic year.

"It's a great accomplishment for our teams to both be recognized with this award," Loyola Head Women's Soccer Coach Katherine Remy Vettori said. "Our student-athletes work very hard in the classroom and on the field, and I'm proud that they have been recognized."

Head Men's Soccer Coach Mark Mettrick added, "I am pleased that we have been honored by the NSCAA. It is great to have achievements both on the field and in academics."

Both Loyola teams had players receive high individual academic honors in 2009. Theresa Ferraina was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Acadmeic All-America First Team for the second-straight season, and Phil Bannister earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Acadmeic All-District II First Team laurels.

Overall, 98 institutions nationwide - from all NCAA divisions, plus NAIA and junior college schools - had both their men's and women's teams recognized by the award. On the men's side, 142 teams were honored, and 331 women's programs were recognized.

This marks the second-consecutive year both Loyola teams have both been honored.

On the field, both sides advanced to their respective NCAA College Cups after winning the MAAC Championships. The women completed the year with a 15-5-3 record, while the men were 11-8-3.