CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC senior defender Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) was named one of eight nominees for the annual America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year award. Voting for the honor can be done on the America East Facebook page, beginning Thursday, Oct. 30 and running through Wednesday, Nov. 5 at noon.
Ballo has continued his brilliant play on the Retriever backline in 2014 after a ground-breaking 2013 campaign. The three-year letterwinner was selected to NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Second Team All-America squad, the first UMBC junior to earn NSCAA All-American status. Moreover, Ballo was named America East Defender of the Year and to AE First Team and All-Championship team.
He has started 15 games in 2014 as the Retrievers have recorded two consecutive shutouts in America East play and earned clean sheets versus nationally-ranked teams Maryland and Delaware. Ballo has netted a pair of goals, matching his 2013 total, scoring in contests versus William & Mary and UNH.
In his UMBC career, the sociology major has 57 starts in 57 games played. In his sophomore season, Ballo set a single-season record for minutes played by a Retriever field player (2,120) and earned Second Team America East honors.
Ballo and nine teammates will be honored in UMBC's "Senior Night" ceremonies prior to the contest against Vermont on Sat., Nov. 2.