Men's Soccer Phil Bannister Named Third Team Academic All-American

Nov. 19, 2008

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola sophomore men's soccer player Phil Bannister was selected to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team on Tuesday for his performance both in the classroom and on the pitch.

Bannister, who holds a 3.67 GPA in accounting, is second on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 32 points. He is just one of 33 players from all Division-I programs to be named an Academic All-American.

"For Phil to be recognized as a national academic All-American for his achievements in the classroom and on the field is a great honor for him and our program," Head Coach Mark Mettrick said.

"As a student-athlete Phil works hard at both his academics and athletic performance and takes a lot of pride in both. He provides an excellent example of combing success in the classroom and on the soccer field for his teammates, and we wish him continued success."

A native of Newcastle, England, Bannister was named to the All-MAAC Regular Season First-Team and to the MAAC Tournament team. The forward stands 13th nationally in points-a-game (1.75) and 20th in goals-a-game (0.69). He spearheads a Greyhounds' offensive unit which stands second in the country in goals-a-game (2.50).

Bannister scored five points in a match a team-high four times this season, en route to three MAAC Player of the Week laurels. The Greyhounds (18-1-1) earned their first undefeated regular-season since 1986, claiming their second consecutive league title and advancing to the title game of the conference tournament.

Bannister was selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team earlier this season.

Loyola earned a No. 9 seed and a well-received first-round bye in the NCAA College Cup. The Greyhounds will host the winner of Saturday's Duke-UNC Greensboro match next Tuesday, November 25th, at 6 o'clock p.m. at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in the Second Round of the tournament.