Oct. 27, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - A pair of Loyola forwards garnered Co-Offensive Player of the Week awards on Tuesday from the MAAC after leading their teams to a perfect 4-0 weekend. Men's sophomore striker Phil Bannister was honored for the third consecutive week, while women's striker Theresa Ferraina earned the recognition for the second time this season.
Bannister scored two goals and added an assist in Loyola's 4-2 win over Iona on Friday. It marked the third time in the team's last four matches that Bannister had scored exactly five points in a game. He put his team on the board in the first half with a far-post rip in the 16th minute, and ignited a spark in the second with a side-volley goal to tie the game. The seventh-ranked Greyhounds (13-0-1 overall, 6-0 MAAC) would roll from there, scoring two more goals to put the match away.
Two days later, he created several opportunities on offense, though he did not find the net in his team's 2-1 victory at Fairfield. Bannister is tied with Jamie Darvill for the team-lead in goals with 10 on the season and is second only to Darvill with 26 points. His 2.0 points a game and 0.77 goals-a-game are good for second in the conference, respectively.
With a perfect 2-0 weekend, the Greyhounds extended their unbeaten streak to a national-best 23 matches. Loyola remains just one of two teams in the country still unbeaten, with the other being top-ranked Wake Forest. The Greyhounds continue MAAC play at home this weekend, taking on Saint Peter's Friday at 4:00 p.m. The team will play its final conference home match of the year on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. vs. Manhattan. Josh Taylor and Milos Kocic will be honored before the game during Senior Day activities.
Ferraina earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring twice in the Greyhounds' 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon over Canisius.
The award marked the second time this season Ferraina has been honored by the conference with a weekly award.
Ferraina notched her sixth goal of the season in the 14th minute of Loyola's match against the Golden Griffins, putting the Greyhounds up, 1-0.
She then added a goal in the first four minutes of the second half, heading in a cross from Kelly Farrell.
Ferraina now leads the Greyhounds (7-5-4 overall, 5-0-2 MAAC) with seven goals, eight assists and 22 points. Her eight assists are tops in the MAAC, as well.
With her two goals this weekend, Ferraina moved into a tie for 10th place all-time at Loyola with 16 career goals. She also is tied for the most assists in a season during the 17-year history of women's soccer at the College.
Loyola, which is unbeaten in its last 10 games, continues MAAC action on Friday when it travels to Marist for a 7 p.m. match. The Greyhounds then conclude their regular-season with a 1 p.m. game at Siena on Sunday.