Men's Soccer Tops MAAC Preseason Poll

Aug. 18, 2010

EDISON, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team received two preseason accolades on Wednesday as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced the Greyhounds as favorites to repeat as MAAC Champions and forward Phil Bannister as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year.

Loyola received 96 points to top a preseason poll of the 10 coaches in the MAAC, topping the poll for the third straight year. The Greyhounds won the MAAC Championship last year with a double-overtime goal to secure their 12th MAAC title.Forward Phil Bannister and back Gerwyn Jones represent Loyola on the Preseason All-MAAC Team, with Bannister named as the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. This marks the third consecutive year a Greyhound has achieved the feat after Bannister was tabbed Preseason Player of the Year in 2008 and Jamie Darvill took home the distinction last year.

Bannister racked up four goals and 13 assists last year, amassing 21 points to tie for third in the conference in points and lead the league in assists. Bannister finished the year with a number of awards, including ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team, All-MAAC Second Team, MAAC All-Academic Team and MAAC All-Tournament Team honors.

Gerwyn Jones makes the Preseason All-MAAC team for the first time in his career. The sophomore started 13 games last season en route to a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Jones helped the back line secure nine shutouts and a 0.91 goals against average in 2009.

The Greyhounds begin their season on Wednesday, September 1, against Campbell in Buies Creek, N.C., at 7 p.m.