Three Maryland men’s soccer players have been named to the all-Big Ten second team, the conference announced Friday afternoon. The Terps also have two all-freshman team selections.
Paul Bin, Brett St. Martin and Ben Bender were all second team selections. Bender and Jacen Russell-Rowe both made the freshman team.
Bin has enjoyed a strong return after tearing his ACL prior to the 2019 season. In eight games, he leads the Terps with three goals and an assist. A switch to striker after three games unlocked his goal-scoring chops, and all three of Bin’s goals came in the final five contests of the regular season.
St. Martin is the lone returning starter in Maryland’s defense and has continued to assert himself as an emerging center back. The junior has shepherded a much-improved back line, and embraced a role as team captain, while playing every minute of the season.
Bender, meanwhile, has burst onto the scene as a freshman. The local product has started all eight games for the Terps, scoring two goals and playing the fourth-most minutes on the team.
Before picking up an injury, Russell-Rowe had started to emerge as one of the better young talents in the Big Ten. He started his Maryland career with a 30-yard thunderbolt against Penn State, and continued to be an offensive threat. The Brampton, Ontario, native also bagged the Terps’ winning goal against Wisconsin on March 7.
Though enduring an up and down season marred by injuries, Maryland has relied on the contributions of each of its honorees. And it will continue to need them as the Big Ten tournament starts Saturday.