YORK, PA - York College women's soccer sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer squad as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday afternoon.
Glessner earned first-team all District 4 honors and she will now be eligible for the national Academic All-America squad.
Glessner has been outstanding in her first year as the Spartans' full time starter in goal. She shattered the York College record for shutouts as she has 14 clean sheets for the season. Glessner is ranked number one in NCAA Division III women's soccer in both goals against average and save percentage. Glesser has surrendered just three goals in 17 games as she has played all but 45 minutes of the Spartans' 1687:15 total minutes for the season.
Glessner has recorded 87 saves, which equals a .967 save percentage. She is one tie away from matching the Capital Athletic Conference single-season shutouts record.
Glessner recorded a season-high 21 saves in the October 23 0-0 tie at Catholic University. She is currently 8-2-7 overall for the year.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner is proud of her goalkeeper.
"Melanie has really stepped up this year," states Sterner. "She has been so steady all year and has shown everyone how good a player she is. She has anchored a very strong defense all year long."
Glessner owns a 3.92 cumulative GPA as a Sociology major and a Mathematics minor. She has made the Dean's List in all four of her collegiate semesters. Glessner has sophomore athletic eligibility after missing her first year at York with an injury that ended her season, allowing for a medical redshirt.
"Melanie is a great example of a true student-athlete," says Sterner. "She does a great job both on and off the field. We are very proud of her accomplishments."
Glessner is a three-time Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week so far in 2012.
The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or important reserve on their team. The student-athlete must be at least a sophomore at their current institution.
Glessner and the Spartans head to Frostburg State on Thursday to face the second seeded Frostburg State University Bobcats in the semifinal round of Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The winner of that game advances to Saturday's CAC championship game at the site of the highest remaining seed.