Dec. 15, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - Loyola University Maryland men's soccer player Phil Bannister is the official NCAA Division I champion in assists per game for 2009.
The forward from Wallsend, England, posted 13 assists during his junior season and finished with an average of 0.72 per game, tops in the nation.
Bannister's per game average edged that of UMBC's Levi Houpeau (0.65) and William and Mary's Andrew Hoxie and Wake Forest's Austin da Luz (0.63, each).
His 13 assists are the second-most in Loyola history and the most by a player in the Greyhounds' NCAA Division I era (since 1982). He was one off tying the school record of 14 set in 1976 by Ian Reid when Loyola won the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Bannister also set a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record in assists per game with his 0.72 mark.
Bannister, who earned Third Team All-America honors last week from Goal.com, now has 28 career assists, good for third all-time at Loyola. He will enter the 2010 season one behind the school record of 29, a standard shared by Marc Harrison and Stan Koziol. Harrison's 29 assists are also a MAAC record.
Bannister also scored four goals during the 2009 campaign and now has 30 goals and 88 total points in his career.
All 13 of his helpers came in the Greyhounds' final 13 games, as he helped lead Loyola to an 8-3-2 record during that stretch. The Greyhounds completed the year with an 11-8-3 mark and advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the third year in a row, a school Division I record.