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MM 10.20: Maryland men’s soccer midfielder Ben Bender awarded Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

COLLEGE SOCCER: OCT 08 Northwestern at Maryland Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

No. 7 Maryland men’s soccer midfielder Ben Bender was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday morning.

The Baltimore, Maryland native scored an overtime game-winning goal against Delaware back on Oct. 12 and he also notched a goal in the Terrapins’ 3-0 win against Pacific at Ludwig Field last Saturday.

This is the second time that Bender has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week this season.

As a sophomore, Bender leads the Terps in both goals and assists with four of each on the season. Last season he was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team as well as the All-Big Ten Second Team, scoring two goals in his shortened freshman campaign.

Bender has helped lead Maryland to a 10-2-1 record this season and a No. 7 national ranking in the most recent poll, which is the highest ranking out of any team in the Big Ten. The program will look to continue its momentum this Friday when it travels to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans.

In other news

Maryland women’s basketball was ranked at the No. 4 spot in the AP Top 25 Preseason Poll.

Maryland men’s basketball senior guard Eric Ayala was named to the watch list for the 2022 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Sam Oshtry took a look at Maryland men’s basketball’s backcourt.

Maryland football head coach Michael Locksley announced Tuesday that Jeshaun Jones and Durell Nchami are out for the remainder of the season.

Six former Terrapins began their 2021-22 NBA seasons on Tuesday night.

Lawtez Rogers, Challen Faamatau and Sam Okuayinonu will be Maryland football announced their captains for this Saturday’s game at Minnesota.

Maryland men’s lacrosse returned to practice at Maryland Stadium in preparation for the upcoming season.

Maryland women’s basketball players Angel Reese, Diamond Miller, Mimi Collins and Channise Lewis attended a Maryland pep band practice on Monday night.