Nov. 2, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer senior forward Phil Bannister received an accolade for his work on the field and in the classroom on Tuesday, earning a spot on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team for the second straight year.
Bannister is now eligible for Academic All-America consideration in voting that will take place in the coming weeks.
The senior captain, who maintains a 3.47 grade point average while majoring in marketing and public relations, leads the team with 10 goals and one assist in nine appearances this season. Bannister was also named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team last year and the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team in 2008.
This season, Bannister 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. He currently leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in goals per game and points per game.
Bannister was also named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2008 and 2009.
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award also recognized Bannister’s contributions on and off the this season when the organization selected Bannister as a Finalist. 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.