Awards, Academic Laurels Cap Spring Semester

May 13, 2011

BALTIMORE - Phil Bannister and Glenn Leitch each won multiple awards at the 2011 Athletics Awards Banquet, and the men's soccer team closed the 2010-2011 academic year on a high note in the classroom.

As a team, the Greyhounds turned in a cumulative grade point average of 3.103, and four players - Thurman Van Riper, Cameron Coppola, Alex Bullington and Leitch - were named to the fall semester Dean's List.

Bannister received the team's Most Valuable Player award and was the 2011 recipient of the John R. Moller Award, given annually to the top male student-athlete at Loyola who has combined academic excellence with athletic success.

He was a finalist for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in 2010 and was a four-time All-MAAC honoree. Bannister led all of NCAA Division I in assists per game as a junior and then was leading the nation in goals per game as a senior when he was lost for the season with an injury. He tied the school's career assists record and is sixth all-time at the school in total points, eighth in goals scored.

Bannister graduated from Loyola with a grade point average of 3.6, and the Colorado Rapids then chose him in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.

In addition to receiving the men's soccer team's Most Dedicated Player award, Leitch earned the Men's Unsung Hero Award after starting at five different positions during his career at Loyola and not just contributing but excelling in each. Leitch suffered a serious knee injury before the 2010 season, but he rehabilitated the injury and was the men's soccer team's leading scorer in the second half of the year.