Men's Soccer Takes Three MAAC Weekly Awards

Oct. 12, 2010

EDISON, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland men's soccer team received a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference weekly award in every category this week as Phil Bannister (Wallsend, England/Monkseaton) took Co-Offensive Player of the Week, Jamie Libby (Romford, England/Havering College) won Defensive Player of the Week and Diego McQuestion (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) earned his first Rookie of the Week award, the league announced today.

The awards mark the third straight week at least two Loyola players have earned MAAC weekly awards and the fifth week the Greyhounds have taken at least one award since the MAAC began this season's awards six weeks ago.

Phil Bannister earns MAAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive time, sharing this week's honor with Lebongang Pila of Saint Peter's. Bannister scored his eighth, ninth and 10th goals of the season with a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Manhattan in the team's MAAC opener on October 8.

Bannister opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the first half and added two in the second half. The senior moved into eighth on the Loyola all-time goals list with 40 and also increased his career point total to 109, jumping him to sixth place on the Loyola all-time points ledger. He currently shares Loyola's all-time career assists record as well, with 29.

Bannister, a 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist, currently leads NCAA 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).

Jamie Libby wins this week's MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after scoring his first career goal against Manhattan on October 8 and playing on a back line that surrendered only one goal in 200 minutes of play in a 4-0 win over Manhattan and a 1-1 tie against Saint Peter's on October 10.

The Loyola defense earned its third shutout of the year in the win over Manhattan, which ties for the MAAC lead.

The honor marks the second MAAC weekly award for Libby, who won MAAC Rookie of the Week on September 13.  Libby becomes the third consecutive Loyola player to take MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after Kyle Wittman accomplished the feat on September 27 and Gerwyn Jones followed on October 4.

Diego McQuestion rounds out Loyola's representation in the awards by winning MAAC Rookie of the Week. McQuestion enjoyed a four-point weekend, notching two assists against Manhattan before scoring his first college goal in a 1-1 tie against Saint Peter's.

McQuestion assisted on Phil Bannister's two second half goals against Manhattan, setting Bannister up with a pass on the senior's first goal and giving Bannister another after taking a shot that bounced to Bannister after hitting a Manhattan defender. McQuestion's goal against Saint Peter's came from in close in the second half, with the freshman knocking home a Danny Ankrah cross.

The award marks the first of McQuestion's college career. The freshman is tied for third on the team in points with Jamie Libby, with four.

Loyola hits the road for its one MAAC match this week, a Saturday test against Rider. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.