Trio Of Loyola Soccer Standouts Earn Academic Honors

Oct. 30, 2008

BALTIMORE - Three Loyola soccer players - seniors Theresa Ferraina and Lea Day of the women's team and sophomore Phil Bannister of the men's squad - earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II First Team honors today for their excellence on the field and in the classroom.

"Theresa, Lea and Phil are shining examples of college student-athletes," Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said. "They compete at the highest level on the field, but they are as dedicated in the classroom. They personify the Jesuit value of being a well-rounded individual. We congratulate them on this accomplishment and thank them for their continued hard work. "

For Ferraina, it is the second-straight season she's been selected to the First Team, while Day earned Second Team laurels honors last year. This was Bannister's first year of eligibility for the award.

Eleven student-athletes are named to each men's and women's first team. The second district is comprised of all NCAA Division I schools in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Day and Ferraina have helped the Loyola women to a 10-match unbeaten streak. Ferraina leads the team with seven goals and eight assists for a total of 22 points.

"They personify everything that a student-athlete should be," Head Coach Katherine Vettori said. "Lea and `T' give everything that they have on the field and the classroom, which is not an easy thing to do. They are models for what we strive for, and I am personally extremely proud of them."

Ferraina's eight assists have tied the Loyola single-season mark. She leads the conference and is tied for 39th nationally in the category. Ferraina, a forward, was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier this week, her second such honor this season. She is tied for 10th all-time at Loyola with 16 career goals.

Day leads the Greyhounds (7-5-2, 5-0-2) with two game-winning goals this season, including the overtime winner last Friday against Niagara. She has scored three goals and has two assists for 11 points.

The senior midfielder, who has a 3.90 grade point average in business administration and economics, is tied for 10th all-time at Loyola with 13 assists, and she is just outside the top-10 at the college in career goals and points.

Bannister, Day and Ferraina will now advance to the Academic All-America ballot that includes first team honorees from all eight districts nationally.

"Phil takes a lot of pride in both his academic and athletic performance," Head Men's Soccer Coach Mark Mettrick said. "As a student-athlete, he works hard at both and provides an excellent example for his teammates of combining success on the soccer field and in the classroom. Certainly we are proud of his achievements and wish him continued success"

Bannister, a forward who carries a 3.67 grade point average in accounting, has earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the last three weeks. He is fifth in all of Division I with a 2.0 points per game average.

He is tied for the team lead with 10 goals this season. Bannister is also second on the Greyhounds (14-0-1 overall, 6-0-0 MAAC), who are unbeaten in their last 23 matches and currently ranked seventh nationally in the NSCAA/adidas poll, with six assists and 26 total points.

Last season, he earned MAAC Rookie of the Year honors, and he was tabbed the league's Preseason Player of the Year prior to this campaign.

The Loyola men's and women's teams boast the longest combined unbeaten streak in the nation - 33 matches.

The men host their final two home matches of the regular-season - Friday, 4 p.m., against Saint Peter's, and Sunday, 1 p.m., versus Siena - this weekend, while the women travel to Marist and Siena to close their regular-season.