Three Loyola Soccer Players Earn MAAC Honors

Sept. 27, 2010

EDISON, N.J. - A trio of Loyola University Maryland soccer players earned weekly awards on Monday from the Metro Atlantic Atheltic Conference, the league office announced.

Phil Bannister and Kyle Wittman earned MAAC Men's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, following the Greyhounds' 2-0 victory Saturday over then-No. 4 Monmouth.

Nichole Schiro was tabbed the MAAC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks following a pair of games in which she scored three goals, including two overtime game-winners.

Bannister earned the honor for his three-point effort against fourth-ranked Monmouth, factoring on both scores for the men's soccer team.

Bannister first assisted on Gary Weisbaum's game-winner in the 43rd minute and then followed that up with a goal of his own in the 52rd minute. Bannister connected with a Kevin Curran cross with a sliding volley that pushed the score to 2-0.

The first half assist marked the 29th of Bannister's career, tying him with Stan Koziol and Marc Harrison atop the Loyola career assists list. Bannister's goal also moved him into a tie for 13th place on the Loyola goals list with 34, tying Bill Wnek.

His three points pushed him to 97 for his career, tying the 97 points Joe Koziol scored from 1985 to 1988. Bannister leads Loyola with four goals and nine points this season. He also leads the Greyhounds with 24 shots and 11 shots on goal.

Wittman made three important saves on Saturday to secure a 2-0 shutout against fourth-ranked Monmouth. Wittman logged two saves in the first half and one in the second for his second clean sheet of the season. Wittman has a 1.61 goals against average and a 2-3-1 record this season.

The honor marks the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Wittman, who achieved the feat on September 7 thanks to a five-save shutout against Campbell. The award marks the first for Bannister this season.

Schiro, who leads the MAAC with eight goals in 2010, scored all three goals for the women's soccer side in a pair of games last week. She scored the overtime game-winners, as well, in victories against UMBC and Mount St. Mary's, helping Loyola enter conference action on a three-game unbeaten streak.

She recorded the game-winner 1:47 into overtime against UMBC, heading in a Kelly Farrell cross to give Loyola a 2-1 win. Schiro then sent a low, diving shot into the right corner of the goal 3:12 into overtime on Friday to post a 1-0 victory over The Mount.

Schiro has three multi-goal games this season, and three of her eight goals have been game winners. Five of her eight goals have come in the last four games.

In just 1½ seasons at Loyola, Schiro has scored 17 goals, which is tied for 11th all-time at the school in career goals scored.

The award is the third of Schiro's career and the third this season for Loyola women's soccer players. In addition to Schiro's last week, sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito earned the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Award on September 13.

Schiro and the Greyhounds open MAAC action on Friday night at 7 p.m. when they host Canisius at Ridley Athletic Complex.