Dec. 13, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola sophomores Tennant McVea and Milos Kocic are first-team North Atlantic Region honorees, while four Greyhounds in all were selected to the all-region squad. Freshman Phil Bannister was a second-team pick, while freshman Eddie Dines garnered third-team honors.
Loyola had one of the nation's top defenses with the country's top shutout percentage and one of the nation's top goals-against averages. Both McVea and Kocic played a large part in that success. McVea, a team-captain and vocal leader of the defense, helped the Greyhounds advance to the second round of the NCAA College Cup, where they tied Maryland, 0-0, before falling in penalty kicks.
Kocic, meanwhile, tied a school record with 17 shutouts on the year. The Loyola goalkeeper did not allow a goal in the Greyhounds' final eight games of the year - which included three MAAC Tournament wins and two NCAA Tournament matches. Kocic finished the season with a 0.47 goals-against average and 88 saves.
Bannister and Dines were the `Hounds 1-2 punch on offense. Both freshmen coming from Newcastle, England, the duo combined for 22 of the team's 39 goals and 54 points. Bannister was the team's leading scorer with 13 goals and seven assists. He also had a team-high seven game-winning goals. Dines, who had three game-winners himself, scored nine goals and added three assists on the year.
All five of Loyola's regional selections were also All-MAAC honorees. The Greyhounds won 19 games as a team in 2007, finishing the year a perfect 10-0 at home and ranked first in the North Atlantic Region.
To view the entire 2007 North Atlantic Region Team, click on NSCAA Region Selections .