Hartford's Andre Morrison was one of three America East men's soccer standouts to earn conference weekly honors Tuesday.
Hartford's Andre Morrison was one of three America East men's soccer standouts to earn conference weekly honors Tuesday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Banjo, Barros, Morrison Net 1st #AEMSOC Weekly Awards of 2014

Release: 09/02/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four America East men's soccer teams went unbeaten during the opening weekend of the 2014 season, including 19th-ranked UMBC and Vermont, which both picked up two wins and won their respective season-opening tournaments. Albany and Hartford were also unscathed earning a win and a tie. Here are the week two award winners:

Player of the Week
Kay Banjo, UMBC, Sr., Forward, Upper Marlboro, Md.

  • Earned MVP honors at UMBC's Doubletree BWI Classic after registering six points in two games, both Retriever wins.
  • Scored twice in UMBC's 4-0 win over LIU Brooklyn Friday and setup both Retriever scores in a 2-1 victory over Sacred Heart Sunday.

Co-Rookie of the Week
Jake Barros, Albany, Fr., Forward, Selden, N.Y.

  • Tallied his first career goal, the game-winning score, in Albany's 3-1 win over James Madison Sunday.
  • Became just the second Great Dane rookie to score in an opening weekend win since 2007.

Co-Rookie of the Week
Andre Morrison, Hartford, Fr., Forward, Clarendon, Jamaica

  • Scored his first-career goal, the lone tally of the game, in Hartford's 1-0 win over Northeastern Monday.
  • The score came on a header off a corner kick in the 33rd minute.


  • UMBC, which was ranked 19th in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Preseason Poll, is off to a perfect 2-0-0 start and is unbeaten in 12 straight games (9-0-3) dating back to last season.
  • The Retrievers, who moved up to 14th in this week's College Soccer News National Poll, edged out Delaware for the Doubletree/BWI crown due to a better goal differential (plus-5).
  • Vermont won the JMU Invitational with a 2-0-0 mark, posting wins over James Madison and Appalachian State.
  • The Catamounts improved to 9-1-1 all-time in season openers under Jesse Cormier.
  • Brian Wright, last year's America East Rookie of the Year, scored in both games and added an assist. 
  • Albany is unbeaten through two games for the first time since 2010.
  • Hartford tied Holy Cross Friday before beating Northeastern, 1-0, in front a of Al-Marzook-record crowd of 2,163 Monday.
  • Binghamton beat Bucknell in its season opener Friday, its first win in its first game of the season since 2011.

Weekly Awards
Sept. 2 - Player of the Week: Kay Banjo, UMBC; Co-Rookies of the Week: Jake Barros, Albany; Andre Morrison, Hartford