CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC senior forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo/Towson U.) has been named the season's first America East Men's Soccer Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Banjo earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors by recording two goals and two assists in UMBC's two victories in the season-opening Doubletree BWI Classic.
In his debut, he assisted on a pair of Retriever scores, as UMBC blanked LIU, 4-0, on August 29. Then, he recorded nine shots, including six on goal, and scored twice in the 15th-ranked Retrievers 2-1 triumph over Sacred Heart.
Banjo is a newcomer to the Retrievers, but certainly not a newcomer to collegiate soccer. Banjo earned All-CAA honors in all three of his seasons (2010-12) at Towson University, but did not compete in 2013 because the university discontinued men's soccer. He completed his degree at TU in the summer and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UMBC this fall.
Banjo has now scored 17 goals and added 13 assists in 45 games (42 starts) collegiate starts.
He was also named America East Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
UMBC has moved up the rankings to No. 11 in Top Drawer Soccer, No. 14 in College Soccer News and No. 20 in Soccer America. The Retrievers take on No. 7 (CSN) Maryland in College Park, Md. on Friday evening, Sept. 5. The game will be streamed on www.nscaa.tv and kicks off at 7:30 p.m.