Nov. 3, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Following a weekend in which both the men's and women's soccer teams clinched regular-season MAAC titles, four Loyola players were selected by the conference office on Monday as Players of the Week. Both junior forward Jamie Darvill and senior midfielder Lea Day earned Offensive Players of the Week, while senior Josh Taylor and junior goalkeeper Brittany Henderson warranted Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
The men's and women's teams wrapped up joint league titles for the first time since 2004 on Sunday. The squads currently boast a combined 37-match soccer unbeaten streak, best in the nation.
In a 3-nil victory over Manhattan, Darvill netted a hat trick for the sixth-ranked men's Greyhounds (16-0-1, 8-0 MAAC), who wrapped up their second MAAC league title in as many years. It marked the first time since 2005 that a Loyola player scored three goals in a single game. He again proved to be the difference in Friday's 1-nil blanking of Saint Peter's, scoring the game's only goal on a rebound effort for his MAAC-leading 14th goal of the season.
Taylor, who was honored before Sunday's contest at Senior Day, helped secure the two victories with some key clearances in both contests. The outside back leads a Greyhounds defense that pairs a league-best 10 shutouts with a conference-low 0.65 goals-a-game.
For its efforts, Loyola jumped to No. 6 in both the Soccer America and College Soccer News poll on Monday. The Greyhounds are on a national-best 25 match unbeaten streak.
Day helped the Loyola women to a pair of victories over the weekend that secured the 10th MAAC regular-season title in the program's 17-year history.
She scored the game-winner against Marist on Friday and followed that with a two-goal performance, in a 2-1 victory at Siena on Sunday.
Day has scored the game-winners in three of Loyola's last four goals, and her six goals during MAAC play are tops among all league players for goals in conference matches. Earlier in the week, Day was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team. It is her second time this season she has been honored with the award.
Henderson earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time this season and seventh in her career. She posted a 0.50 goals against average, allowing just one goal in two matches, as the Greyhounds earned the No. 1 seed in next weekend's MAAC Championships.
The men's team concludes its regular-season on Saturday in Lawrenceville, N.J., taking on Rider at 2 p.m.