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Men's Soccer Preps for Matches Against UMBC, No. 5 Monmouth
Sept. 21, 2010
Not a Week for the Weak
• Loyola faces two teams with winning records this week in games against the UMBC Retrievers and No. 5 Monmouth Hawks. The Greyhounds face UMBC in the second half of a Loyola home doubleheader against the Retrievers, as the men follow the Loyola women’s soccer tilt against UMBC at 5 p.m.
• Loyola then heads to Monmouth on Saturday for a test against the against undefeated Monmouth Hawks, who are ranked at No. 5 in the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com National Rankings.
• The Greyhounds look to break a two-game dry spell after dropping their last match to Towson, 3-2. Phil Bannister scored twice and Stephen Dooley recorded his first career assist but the goals were not enough against the Tigers.
• This week marks Sophomore Week at Loyola University Maryland, and the Office of Sophomore Initiatives is hosting a tailgate at Ridley Athletic Complex on Wednesday. Shuttle service from the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and Newman Towers will start at 4:30 p.m., and the tailgate, which features games, prizes and free food, will kick off at 5 p.m.
• The Greyhounds lead all-time in the series against UMBC, holding a 18-2-2 advantage. UMBC took the last meeting, a 1-0 affair at UMBC in Catonsville, Md., on September 22, 2009.
• Loyola’s last win against UMBC came on September 29, 2007. The Greyhounds won at home, 1-0, on a Phil Bannister goal in the 55th minute.
• Loyola also holds a series advantage in its history against Monmouth, with a 3-2-1 edge. Monmouth won the last time the two sides got together, 1-0, on September 26, 2009 in Baltimore.
• The Greyhounds have not won since the third meeting on October 21, 1987 when Loyola won 1-0. The two teams tied in 1988, 1-1.
Scouting the Retrievers
• UMBC enters Wednesday’s game on a two-game win streak after collecting victories against La Salle (2-1, OT) and Mount St. Mary’s (3-2).
• The Retrievers’ Pete Caringi III won the America East Rookie of the Week on September 20, marking the second time this season he has received the honor.
• UMBC currently leads America East with 2.50 goals per game, outpacing the nearest team by nearly a full goal (.93). The team has scored 15 goals over six games.
Scouting the Hawks
• Monmouth has not lost a game this season, compiling a 6-0-0 record en route to a No. 5 ranking in the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com National Rankings.
• Monmouth midfielder/forward Ryan Kinne was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week this week after scoring five points in two games against Seton Hall and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
• The Hawks have not allowed more than one goal in any of their games, outscoring their opposition 13-3 this season.
• Loyola’s game against No. 7 Marylnd on September 14 drew 2,090 fans to the Ridley Athletic Complex, marking the largest soccer crowd in the stadium’s young history. The game boasted the highest attendance for that week in games involving a top 25 team.
• The Greyhounds currently average a home crowd of 1,212 through three home events this season.
• The Greyhounds fell to No. 7 Maryland on September 14, 3-0, at Ridley Athetic Complex. The game marked the first ranked opponent the team has faced this season.
• Loyola captured its first win of the season on September 11 with a 2-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead shortly before the half but Loyola roared back to tie just over a minute later, scoring on a Zach Tweddell header from a Charlie Hutton corner kick. The Greyhounds found the eventual game-winner in the 83rd minute as Eddie Dines put back a Danny Ankrah rebound.
• Loyola squad dropped its home opener on September 7 to William & Mary, 3-1. Phil Bannister scored his first of the season on a penalty kick in the 13th minute, but the Tribe rallied with three unanswered goals for the win.
Records in Danger
• Several Loyola career records could fall this year. Phil Bannister enters the season just one assist shy of all-time career assists record of 29, shared by Marc Harrison (1992-1995) and Stan Koziol (1983-1987). Bannister tied the Loyola Division I record in assists last year with 13.
• Bannister also ranks in the all-time goals and points categories at Loyola as well. The senior forward moved into sole possession of 14th place on Loyola’s all-time goals list with his 32nd and 33rd goals against Towson on September 19. He also ranks 12th on Loyola’s career scoring list with 94 points after overtaking Chris Webbert after Bannister’s two-goal effort against Towson.
Home Sweet Home
• The team’s home opener against William & Mary on September 7 marked the first regular season game for the Loyola men’s soccer team in Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds played a charity exhibition match against local professional team Crystal Palace in March but the 3-1 loss served as the first game that had an impact on the standings.
• The new 6,000-seat facility serves as the home field for the Loyola soccer and lacrosse programs and boasts state-of-the-art training facilities.
• Loyola returns 10 seniors in 2010 from last year’s squad that won the MAAC Tournament and reached the College Cup for the 16th time in school history.
• Eight of this year’s 10 seniors started for the Greyhounds last year, a team that led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals and assists and ranked second in shutouts.
• A diverse group of seven freshmen join the team this year. Representing the wide-ranging influence of soccer, Loyola welcomes newcomers from Northern Ireland, England, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Maryland.
Return of the MAAC (Favorites)
• Loyola leads the MAAC preseason coaches’ poll as favorites to win the MAAC Championship, marking the third straight year that the Greyhounds have topped the preseason rankings.
• In addition to the team’s accolade, Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones earned Preseason All-MAAC honors. Bannister also was named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year for the second time in his career, the first time coming in 2008. This year’s poll marks three consecutive MAAC Preseason Players of the Year for Loyola (Bannister in ‘08, Jamie Darvill in ‘09, Bannister in ‘10).
Bannister Gets CLASSy
• Phil Bannister was named as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Bannister is one of 30 men’s soccer players selected as a candidate. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
• Loyola boasts two other candidates in their respective sports: Lina Staropoli (women’s soccer) and Nina Camaioni (volleyball). Loyola is one of only three Division I schools with three award candidates, along with Penn State and Stanford.
O Captains! My Captains!
At the Helm
• Mark Mettrick returns for his 11th season as the head coach of the Greyhounds. Mettrick has compiled at 127-57-18 record at Loyola, guiding the team to five College Cup appearances. He has also coached Loyola to seven regular-season MAAC championships and four MAAC Tournament titles.
• Mettrick is assisted by Matt Dwyer, who is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Loyola. Steve Pfeil also joins the staff this year as an assistant coach. Pfeil, a 1986 graduate of American University, will be responsible for working with the Greyhound goalkeepers.