Dec. 8, 2010
KANSAS CITY, KAN. - Two Loyola University Maryland men's soccer players earned regional laurels today as Phil Bannister was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-North Atlantic First Team, while teammate Gerwyn Jones earned a selection to the Second Team.
The honor marks the second time Bannister has appeared on the All-North Atlantic First Team, a feat he accomplished as a sophomore in 2008. Jones appears as an all-region selection for the first time in his career.
With the awards, both Greyhounds are eligible for NSCAA All-America consideration.
Bannister and Jones were named to the 2010 All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team last month.
Bannister's 10 goals in the 2010 season 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 in addition to the MAAC All-Academic Team.
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, the only Greyhound to do so. The sophomore helped Loyola to the league's third-best goals against average and second-best shutout tally from his position on the back line.
The Greyhounds finished with a 9-7-2 record en route to a 22nd consecutive Chick-fil-A MAAC Men's Soccer Championship appearance.