Dec. 6, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland junior forward Phil Bannister was named to the Goal.com Team of the Year on Sunday after leading the nation in assists per game in 2009.
The Wallsend, England, native finished the season with 13 assists, good for 0.72 per game and tops in NCAA Division I, and was selected to the Third Team by one of the world's leading soccer publications.
After missing four matches in the early going of 2009 to injury, Bannister had a career year in terms of helpers. He recorded his 13 assists over the course of the Greyhounds' last 13 contests, helping Loyola go 8-3-2 during that stretch and earn a bid to its third-straight NCAA College Cup, a school Division I record.
Bannister's 13 assists are second most in Loyola program history and a Division I record at the school. The 13 helpers are the most since Ian Reid had 14 in 1976 when the Greyhounds won the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Bannister also scored four goals for a total of 21 points during the season and now has career totals of 30 goals, 28 assists and 88 points.
His 28 career assists are tied for third-best all-time at Loyola, one back of the school record shared by Marc Harrison and Stan Koziol. Harrison's 29 assists are also a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record.
Bannister also earned academic honors during the season, as he was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team. The Greyhounds finished the season with an 11-8-3 record.