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Greyhounds Host Chick-fil-A MAAC Men's Soccer Championship
Nov. 10, 2010
Welcome to the Postseason
• Loyola will make its 22nd straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship appearance on Friday as the 2010 Chick-fil-A MAAC Men's Soccer Championship comes to the Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds secured the fourth seed in the tournament and will face top-seeded Saint Peter's (11-5-1, 7-1-1 MAAC) on Friday at 6 p.m. Iona and Siena will kick off the event with a semifinal game at 3 p.m.
• The Greyhounds dropped both matches last week to end the regular season, falling to Fairfield on Friday, 1-0, before losing to Iona on Sunday, 2-0.
• The Greyhounds enter the MAAC Championships with a 32-9-0 record all-time in the tournament. Loyola has a 4-1 tournament record against Saint Peter's, including a 3-0 mark in the semifinals and a 17-4 record in all MAAC semifinal matches.
• The two semifinal winners will play in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner receives the league's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup. Loyola has appeared in the championship game 17 times out of 21, winning 12.
• Loyola holds a lead over Saint Peter's in the all-time series, up 23-6-1 in the teams' history against each other.
• The two sides tied in this year's regular season tilt, a 1-1 affair on Oct. 10. Diego McQuestion scored for the Greyhounds while Lebogang Pila tallied the Peacocks' goal.
• Loyola and Saint Peter's last met in the MAAC Championship in 2007 when the Greyhounds defeated the Peacocks to win the championship game, 1-0.
• Saint Peter's has won one MAAC title in three championship game appearances.
• Saint Peter's handed the Greyhounds their only MAAC loss in 2009, a 2-0 affair in Jersey City, N.J. on November 6.
• Each team that has won has shut out the other in all games since 2006.
Scouting the Peacocks
• Saint Peter's enters Friday's semifinal with an 11-5-1 overall and a 7-1-1 record in MAAC play.
• The Peacocks rank fourth in the MAAC in goals (30 in 17 games) and points (82) and lead the MAAC in goals allowed (18) and shutouts (six).
• Saint Peter's won its game last week, a 7-0 shutout over Manhattan on Saturday.
• Harry Newman ranks fourth in the MAAC in points, with 22 in 16 games. Newman was named this week's MAAC Offensive Player of the Week.
• Lebogang Pila's seven assists ties him for third in the MAAC.
• Mauricio Jimenez leads the conference with four game-winning goals.
Come and See How Good We Look
• Offensively, Loyola ranks fifth in the MAAC in points (80), fifth in goals (27) and third in assists (26).
• Defensively, the Greyhounds also rank fourth in the MAAC in goals allowed (21 in 17 games), second in shutouts (six) and third in corner kicks (98).
Bannister Helps His Way to History
• This week, Phil Bannister was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team for the second straight year.
• Phil Bannister tallied his 29th career assist on September 25 against Monmouth to give him a share of the all-time lead at Loyola. Bannister shares the record with 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 eighth place on Loyola's all-time goals list with his 38th, 39th and 40th career goals in a hat trick against Manhattan on October 8. He also ranks sixth on Loyola's career scoring list with 109 points.
• Bannister currently leads Division I in goals per game, with 1.22, after scoring 10 goals in nine games. He also ranks second in total goals (10), third in points per game (2.33) and fifth in total points (21). Bannister leads the MAAC in goals, goals per game, game-winning goals (2), points, points per game, shots (42) and shots per game (4.67)
• For his efforts against Monmouth, Bannister was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for the week ending on September 26.
Stay CLASSy, Phil Bannister
• Phil Bannister was named as a finalist for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Monday. Bannister is one of 10 men's soccer players selected as a finalist. 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.
Greyhounds Making Waves
• Glenn Leitch won two straight MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week awards after nabbing the honor last week and the week before.
• Kyle Wittman has won four MAAC Defensive Player of the Week awards this season (9/7, 9/27, 10/18, 10/25)
• Phil Bannister collected his third straight Offensive Player of the Week honor and Jamie Libby became the third consecutive Greyhound to take MAAC Defensive Player of the Week when the two received the awards on October 11.
• Five different Loyola players have earned MAAC weekly awards this year.
• Jamie Libby earned a Rookie of the Week honor on September 13.
• Loyola has nabbed 13 MAAC awards this year, leading the conference.
• Loyola's game against No. 7 Maryland 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 averaged a home crowd of 764 through eight 2010 home events.
• The Greyhounds suffered its first MAAC loss on October 29 in a 2-1 defeat against Siena but responded with a Glenn Leitch hat-trick and an Eddie Dines overtime goal to beat Marist on October 31, 4-3.
• Loyola went 1-1 in its opening MAAC weekend with a 4-0 shutout over Manhattan and a 1-1 tie against Saint Peter's. Phil Bannister notched a hat trick against Manhattan and Jamie Libby added another, while Diego McQuestion scored the first of his career against Saint Peter's.
• The Greyhounds wrapped up non-conference play with a pair of 3-1 wins against Villanova on September 29 and Adelphi on October 2. Phil Bannister scored six points in the twin victories and Kyle Wittman made a combined six saves to earn two wins. Jamie Libby scored his first career goal against Villanova and Gerwyn Jones and Danny Ankrah recorded their first goals of the season.
• Loyola's game against UMBC on September 22 was canceled due to inclement weather in the first half.
• 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 in 2010.
• 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.
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 led 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).
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.