Men's Soccer Lands Five Players on All-Regional Team

Dec. 22, 2008

BALTIMORE - The Loyola men's soccer team placed five players on the 2008 NSCAA/adidas All-North Atlantic Regional team, the organization announced today. Among those honored on the first team were Milos Kocic, Tennant McVea, Phil Bannister and Jamie Darvill, while Mike Deasel garnered a spot on the second team.

The Greyhounds' four first-team selections led all schools, and their five overall selections was matched only by Monmouth University.

Loyola was voted as the preseason No. 1 team in the North Atlantic rankings and the `Hounds wouldn't relinquish the top spot, going wire-to-wire to stay atop the poll for for the second consecutive season. The Greyhounds (18-2-1) composed an excellent tournament resume en route to a No. 9 overall seed in the College Cup.

The team assembled a perfect 17-0-1 slate in regular season play for the program's first undefeated season since 1986, tying defending national-champs Wake Forest for the best record in all of college soccer. Climbing as high as No. 6 in the national rankings, the Greyhounds held a spot in the Top Ten for six consecutive weeks.

Along with this accolade, McVea, a junior defender from Northern Ireland, was named a first-team All American last week by NSCAA/adidas. A versatile center back, he has started every game the last two seasons for the Greyhounds and anchored a relentless defense that posted 12 shutouts on the year, good for ninth in the nation in shutout percentage.

For his efforts, he was tabbed the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, as well.

Kocic is an imposing 6'5 goalkeeper from Leskovac, Serbia, who will graduate in December. On Monday, he was named a second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American. He, along with McVea, are the first players to earn the tag of NSCAA/adidas All-Americans since fellow goalkeeper and current Chivas USA starter Zach Thornton made the distinction in 1995.

Kocic logged every minute of the 2007 season between the frame, and played in all but 10 this year. He ranked 13th this year nationally in save percentage (0.867). He plans on attending the MLS combine on January 6-9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Darvill and Bannister were the key ingredients to an offense that was second in the nation in scoring with 2.33 goals-a-game.

Darvill, a junior forward from London, England, led the team with 14 goals and 11 assists. His 1.86 points-a-game ranked eight in the country, and he was voted MAAC Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts. Darvill was also named to the third-team Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Year, a variation of an All-American team.

Bannister, a sophomore forward from Newcastle, England, gave the Greyhounds' a two-headed scoring attack. He notched 13 goals and eight assists on the year, and ranked tenth nationally in 1.79 points-per-game.

The duo combined to score 27 of the `Hounds 49 goals, and 19 of the team's 48 assists.

During their esteemed careers at Loyola, Darvill has collected 70 points in three seasons, while Bannister has scored 67 in only two. Those numbers place them 19th and 20th respectively, on Loyola's career scoring list.

Deasel, a sophomore midfielder from Kingsville, Md., played central midfield for the Greyhounds. In only two seasons at Loyola, he has started 42 of 43 games. During that time span, the Greyhounds have assembled a remarkable 37-5-1 record, with 29 of those coming via shutouts. The 37 victories and 29 clean sheets are both program bests over a two-year span.

He scored a goal and added an assist this season, and was named to the second-team All-MAAC, while also earning a spot on the Conference Tournament team.