Dec. 15, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola men's soccer players Tennant McVea and Milos Kocic were named NSCAA All-Americans on Monday, becoming the first Loyola players in 14 seasons to garner the prestigious honor. McVea was named to the first team, while Kocic earned second-team recognition.
Loyola was just one of six schools to place two members on the esteemed team, joining Akron, Creighton, Harvard, Illinois-Chicago and Cal-Davis. Defending national champion Wake Forest had five honorees.
The duo becomes the first Loyola players since Zach Thornton in 1994 to be named All-Americans. Thornton earned first team honors in 1993 and third team the following season. McVea and Kocic also become only the 10th and 11th players in Loyola's proud history to be named NCAA All-Americans, respectively.
McVea is a junior center back from Northern Ireland. He captained a defense that posted 12 shutouts on the season, good for ninth in the nation in shutout percentage (0.57). He was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Behind McVea, the Greyhounds led the MAAC in goals-against-average (0.66), which stood 14th nationally.
Kocic, a goalkeeper from Leskovac, Serbia, earned first team All-MAAC recognition this year after ranking 13th nationally in save percentage (0.867). He started every game in the net for the Greyhounds, leading the team to an 18-2-1 record and a No. 6 national ranking.
Kocic will graduate in December, and plans on attending the MLS Combine held the second week of January in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is a just a year removed from tying Thornton for the all-time school record of 17 shutouts in a season, which he posted in 2007.
Over the last two seasons with McVea and Kocic spearheading the defense, Loyola has gone 37-5-1, with 29 of those wins coming via the shutout. The 37 wins and the 29 clean sheets over the two-year span are both best in program history.
After the program's first undefeated season since 1986, the Greyhounds earned a No. 9 seed and a first-round bye in the NCAA College Cup this year. For Loyola, the back-to-back appearances in the second round of the NCAA Tournament marked the first time the feat has occurred since 1986-87.
Enclosed is the complete list of Loyola players that have achieved All-American status:
Ernie Cox (1973-Second Team) (1974-First Team)
John Houska (1976-Second Team) (1977-Honorable Mention)
Pete Notaro (1977-Honorable Mention) (1978-First Team)
Nick Mangione (1979)
Craig Callinan (1983-Third Team)
Stan Koziol (1986-Second Team) (1987-Second Team)
Joe Koziol (1988-Third Team)
Jeff Nattans (1988, 89-Academic)
Zach Thornton (1993-First Team) (1994-Third Team)
Tennant McVea (2008-First Team)
Milos Kocic (2008-Second Team)