Bannister, Jones Named To All-MAAC First Team

Nov. 11, 2010

BALTIMORE – Phil Bannister and Gerwyn Jones were named to the 2010 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team and several other Greyhounds took home conference honors at a MAAC awards banquet at Loyola’s McGuire Hall on Thursday evening.

Loyola takes on Saint Peter’s tomorrow at 6 p.m. in a Chick-fil-A MAAC Men’s Soccer Championship semifinal game at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex. The teams follow an Iona-Siena semifinal at 3 p.m.

The honor marks the second First Team selection for Bannister, who led the Greyhounds with 10 goals and one assist in nine games this year. Jones contributed a goal and an assist this year while anchoring a back line that boasted six shutouts en route to his first First Team honor after earning a spot on the All-Rookie team last year.

The league also named Eddie Dines and Glenn Leitch to the All-MAAC Second Team and freshmen Jamie Libby and Stephen Dooley to the All-Rookie Team.

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 was named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team this season as well.

Bannister led the MAAC in points per game and finished third in goals. The senior also captured three consecutive MAAC Offensive Player of the Week awards this season and was named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist.

Jones notched a goal and assist in Loyola’s 3-1 win over Adelphi on October 2 and contributed heavily to the Greyhounds’ strong defense. Jones also played every minute of every match, one of two Greyhounds to do so. The sophomore helped Loyola to the league’s fourth-best goals against average and second-best shutout tally from his position on the back line.

Eddie Dines makes his second appearance on the All-MAAC Second Team after last receiving the honor as a freshman in 2007. Dines scored four goals and an assist this season, including three game-winning scores to lead the Greyhounds in that category. The senior’s overtime goal against Marist gave the Greyhounds a 4-3 win that proved to be the clinching win to enter the MAAC Men’s Soccer Championship.

Glenn Leitch to earn All-MAAC Second Team honors for the first time in his career. Leitch emerged as one of Loyola’s most potent scorers, tallying six goals and an assist in 10 games. Leitch scored a hat trick in the Greyhounds’ 4-3 win over Marist and notched two in a 2-0 victory over Canisius, earning two straight MAAC Offensive Player of the Week awards.

Jamie Libby and Stephen Dooley were also named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Libby scored two goals while playing on the back line and received a MAAC Rookie of the Week award on September 13 before winning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 11.

Dooley led the Greyhounds in assists this season with seven. The freshman also ranked fourth on the team in shots on goal, with 10.

Bannister, Dines and Leitch earned spots on the MAAC All-Academic team along with teammates Hector Arellano and Greg DiNardo