Oct. 14, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer continues its strong season as the team holds steady this week in the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com Regional Rankings and Phil Bannister (Wallsend, England/Monkseaton) turns heads across the nation, ranking in the top five of several offensive categories in Division I.
Loyola (5-3-2) appears at No. 3 in the North Atlantic region of the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com Regional Rankings this week. The Greyhounds keep the spot from their debut in the rankings last week after a 4-0 victory over Manhattan on October 8 and a 1-1 tie against Saint Peter’s on October 10.
Senior forward Phil Bannister also continues his assault on the Loyola record books with his strong play that has also vaulted him to the national stage in this week’s NCAA statistics. Bannister enjoyed a six-point weekend with a hat trick against Manhattan, giving him 10 goals in nine games this season.
Bannister’s pace currently leads NCAA Division I in goals per game, with 1.22, according to NCAA statistics published this week. The senior also ranks second in total goals, third in points per game (2.33) and fifth in total points (21).
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award recognized Bannister’s contributions on and off the pitch last week when the organization selected Bannister as a Finalist last week. Bannister becomes the second straight finalist from the Loyola men’s soccer team, which is given to Division I seniors who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Bannister has matched his service to his community—serving local homeless at the Beans and Bread food shelter and digging local residents out of last year’s snowstorm—with his play on the field, leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals, goals per game, game-winning goals (2), points, points per game, shots (42) and shots per game (4.67). He recently won his third straight MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award this week.
The senior captain has moved to 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.
Loyola will look to move up in the regional rankings this week with a road test against Rider on Saturday, October 16. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.