Accolades: Named to the America East Conference All-Rookie Team in 2009.
2009: The freshman goalkeeper got the starting nod in the season opener and started all 20 games on the campaign… Posted his first career shutout (of six on the season) in game No. 3 vs. St. Joseph’s on Sept. 6… Recorded four consecutive shutouts in wins over Towson, Drexel, Loyola (Md.) and La Salle… Named America East Conference Rookie of the Week for games played Sept. 14-20 and Sept. 21-27… Was especially brilliant in the 1-0 wins over Towson and Loyola, with dazzling saves down the stretch of each contest… Posted a season-high six saves vs. the Greyhounds, which he later tied with six stops at Hartford on Oct. 28… His lone shutout in America East competition occurred vs. Stony Brook on Oct. 7.
Background: A Baltimore Sun Second-Team All-Metro selection as a fullback for Perry Hall… Also earned All-Division, All-County and Second-Team All-State honors… Competed as a goalkeeper for Baltimore Bays’ club team… Part of a powerful Gators’ squad which reached the state championship in both 2007 and 2008… Netted the first penalty kick in the state semifinals as Perry Hall defeated Magruder, 3-1, to move to the state finals vs. Bowie… Also lettered in baseball… Father, Ian, played professional soccer… Enjoys mahi mahi and the music of Jack Johnson… Son of Ginger and Ian Saunders… Phillip Andrew Saunders was born on Sept. 28, 1991.