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Tennant McVea Named MAAC Defensive Player Of The Year; Phil Bannister Rookie Of The Year

Nov. 16, 2007

Orlando, Fla. - Sophomore co-captain Tennant McVea has been named MAAC Defensive Player of the Year while freshman Phil Bannister garnered MAAC Rookie of the Year honors at the year-end banquet on Friday night at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. Loyola Head Coach Mark Mettrick was also named MAAC Coach of the Year after guiding his squad to the league's top seed at this weekend's conference tournament.

Coach Mettrick's Greyhounds have posted an impressive 16-3 overall record this season, and the defense, led by McVea, has 13 shutouts, including nine against conference opponents. Mettrick, who earned NSCAA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors in 2001, was the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year at Mount St. Mary's, is now a four-time recipient of the MAAC Coach of the Year honors. His teams at Loyola have captured six regular season MAAC titles and have advanced to two NCAA College Cups.

McVea, meanwhile, has captained the defense to the nation's second-best shutout percentage. The Greyhounds have 10 shutouts in their last 11 matches, including Thursday's 2-nil blanking of Siena in the MAAC Quarterfinals. The offense; however, has been led by Bannister, who in his rookie year has already posted 12 goals and leads the team with 28 points and seven game-winners.

Sophomore goalkeeper Milos Kocic joined McVea as a first-team All-MAAC honoree. Kocic has played every minute in goal this season for Loyola, picking up the team's 13 shutouts and a save percentage of .849. Kocic also has a goals-against average of 0.61 this season.

The Greyhounds landed four starters on the MAAC second team. Among those was Bannister and fellow freshman Eddie Dines, who is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and 19 points on the year. Senior Camilo Correa and junior co-captain Josh Taylor were also second-team All-MAAC selections, while Bannister, Dines and freshman Glenn Leitch were chosen to the All-Rookie squad.



Loyola also had a pair of Academic All-MAAC selections in Anthony Amato and Greg Howard. The Greyhounds, who took three of the top four honors on the night, play Canisius in the MAAC Semifinals on Saturday at 11 a.m.

2007 MAAC Men's Soccer Awards

Defensive Player of the Year
Tennant McVea, Loyola

Rookie of the Year Phil Bannister, Loyola

Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year Mark Mettrick, Loyola

Offensive Player of the Year Murphy Wiredu, Saint Peter's

First Team All-MAAC Bryan Oelkers Iona Back Tennant McVea Loyola Back Assaf Sheleg Saint Peter's Back Liam Welsh Siena Back Sam Bailey Fairfield Midfielder Josh Swett Manhattan Midfielder Chris DeAbreu Saint Peter's Midfielder Alan McGreal Canisius Forward Juan Gaviria Saint Peter's Forward Murphy Wiredu Saint Peter's Forward Milos Kocic Loyola Goalkeeper

Second Team All-MAAC Sean Vella Canisius Back Tom Clements Fairfield Back Tom Skara Fairfield Back Camilo Correa Loyola Back Josh Taylor Loyola Back Billy Gustafson Niagara Back Matthew Uy Fairfield Midfielder Pasquale Abuiso Iona Midfielder Eddie Dines Loyola Midfielder Tony Safran Manhattan Midfielder Jason Laffin Siena Midfielder Aly Lo Iona Forward Phil Bannister Loyola Forward Udi Naim Saint Peter's Forward Steve Skonieczny Siena Goalkeeper

All-Rookie Team Jack Cleverly Fairfield Back Roberto Hernandez-Raaen Iona Back Glenn Leitch Loyola Back Joshua Renner Manhattan Back Steven Morales Marist Back Nico Mossa Marist Back Daniel Aucar Siena Back Eddie Dines Loyola Midfielder Levi Tesch Niagara Midfielder Lebogang Pila Saint Peter's Midfielder Phil Banniser Loyola Forward Joe Touloumis Marist Forward Joe Tavernese Siena Forward Steve Skonieczny Siena Goalkeeper

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