EDISON, N.J. - Four former Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s soccer players were included on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 35th Anniversary Fall Sports Team, as released by the conference office. Milos Kocic ‘08 and Tennant McVea ‘09 were named to the men’s first team, while Nichole Schiro ‘13 earned a spot on the women’s first team and Zach Thornton ‘97 was included on the men’s second team.
Kocic and McVea became the 10th and 11th NSCAA All-Americans in school history, as the pair picked up the honor in 2008. The duo also helped Loyola to the MAAC Championship in 2007, with Kocic being named the Tournament MVP after recording a pair of shutout victories in the tournament. With 17 shutouts in 2007, Kocic tied Thornton’s school record from 1993, and with a clean streak of 974:20 minutes, he set a school and NCAA Division I record for consecutive shutout minutes. A second-team NSCAA All-American in 2008, Kocic concluded his career with a 37-7-2 record and a 17-1-0 mark in MAAC play. He was drafted in the second round, 21st overall, in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by DC United.
McVea, the program’s second NCAA Division I first-team All-American, concluded his career as the lone player in MAAC history to earn three player of the year honors, being tabbed the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. A four-time all-conference performer and three-time MAAC All-Tournament Team selection, McVea helped Loyola to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and to a pair of MAAC titles, in 2007 and 2009. During his standout career, the center back was a three-time NSCAA/adidas Regional All-American, a Lowe’s Senior CLASS All-America Second Team honoree and a member of the Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Schiro led Loyola to a pair of MAAC Championships, in 2009 and 2012, and graduated as the first player in conference history to be named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year three-consecutive seasons, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The team leader in goals and points all four seasons, she also led the MAAC with eight goals and 20 points as a senior, en route to earning NSCAA University Division I Scholar All-America and Capital One Academic All-America First Team honors. Throughout her career, Schiro played in all 86 games, starting 80, and rewrote Loyola’s record books, setting career marks for goals (52) and points (119).
Thornton became Loyola’s first NCAA Division I first-team All-American in 1993 and the program’s sixth two-time All-American by picking up a third-team honor in 1994. In addition to leading Loyola to a 15-5-2 record and its sixth-straight MAAC title as a senior in 1994, Thornton also led the nation in shutouts (14) and goals-against average (0.75). Recording a school record 10-straight shutouts in two separate seasons, Thornton finished the 1993 season with a program-best 17 shutouts. He finished his career with 31 shutouts in 43 matches.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference began in 1980 and is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, the conference has compiled a 35th anniversary team to showcase its best fall sport athletes from the past three and half decades.
Throughout the 24 years that Loyola was a member of the MAAC, the Greyhounds’ men’s soccer team claimed 12 conference titles, more than all of the other programs combined, while the women’s team captured a league-best 10 conference crowns.