Bannister Earns Academic All-America Honor

Nov. 18, 2010

TOWSON, Md. - Stellar play on the field and strong work in the classroom helped Loyola University Maryland men's soccer senior forward Phil Bannister earn a spot on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, the organization announced today.

The honor comes on the heels of Bannister earning a spot on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team earlier this month for the second straight year. The distinction also marks the second time Bannister has been named to an Academic All-America team after making the Third Team as a sophomore in 2008.

Bannister maintains a 3.47 grade point average in Business Marketing. The senior led the Greyhounds in scoring this year with 10 goals and one assist in nine games this year.

Last week, Bannister was also named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for the third straight year.

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.

Bannister led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in points per game and finished third in goals and was named to the All-MAAC First Team last week. 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.