Bannister, Ferraina Earn Academic All-District First Team Honors

Oct. 29, 2009

BALTIMORE - A pair of Loyola University Maryland soccer forwards earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team honors for their outstanding efforts on the soccer pitch and in the classroom.

Graduate student Theresa Ferraina and forward Phil Bannister were named to the teams for their respective genders on Thursday.

In addition to the District honors, Ferraina and Bannister are now eligible for Academic All-America consideration in voting that will take place in the coming weeks.

Two other Loyola women's soccer student-athletes, senior Colleen Kinealy and junior Lina Staropoli were named to the Academic All-District II Second Team.

Ferraina and Bannister both earned Academic All-America laurels in the past. Ferraina was named to the Women's Soccer First Team, while Bannister earned Men's Soccer Third Team honors in 2008.

This is the third straight All-District First Team selection for Ferraina. Entering this weekend's MAAC Championships, Ferraina is currently second on the team with six goals and 15 points, while her 57 shots lead the Greyhounds.

A finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Ferraina is tied for fourth all-time at Loyola with 24 goals and tied for third all-time with 63 points. The graduate student earned a bachelor's degree in business in May 2009 with a perfect 4.0 undergraduate grade-point-average and is one of just three players in Greyhounds history to record at least 20 goals and 15 assists.

Bannister garnered the award for the second year in a row while posting a 3.44 grade point average as a marketing major at Loyola.

The junior forward is second on the team and in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with eight assists this season. The native of England missed four matches earlier this year to injury, but his 0.73 assists per game mark leads the MAAC. He has also scored two goals for 12 total points this year.

Bannister was named to the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this season and has been one of the top scorers in the nation since coming to Loyola in 2007. In 53 career games, Bannister has scored 28 goals and has 23 assists for 79 total points. He scored 13 goals each of the last two years and was an All-MAAC First Team and All-North Atlantic Region honoree from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and adidas last season.

A full-time starter in the defensive backfield, Staropoli has tallied a goal and a pair of assists on the season. A vocal leader on the defensive side of the ball, Staropoli has recorded ten shots on goal this season, the most for any defender on Loyola. In her sophomore season in 2008, Staropoli racked up a program-record eight assists, and now has 15 in her career, ranking her sixth all-time in program annals. As a junior, Staropoli has accumulated a 3.76 cumulative grade-point-average and is pursuing a degree in elementary education.

A three-time MAAC All-Academic Team selection, Kinealy has recorded seven goals and five assists in her four-year career at Loyola. Colleen will graduate with a near-perfect 3.9 GPA in the spring with a degree in accounting.