YORK, PA – York College women's soccer sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team as selected by CoSIDA. This award measures both the athletic and academic accomplishments of student-athletes nationwide.
Glessner also earned first-team all District 4 honors in early November, which advanced her to the national vote.
In just her first season as full time starter for the Spartans, she was outstanding in goal. She shattered the York College record for shutouts in goal with 14.5 clean sheets this season. Glessner has the top save percentage of any goalkeeper in NCAA Division III women's soccer and is currently ranked second in goals against average. Glessner conceded only six goals this season in 18 games and played all but 45 minutes of the team's 1777:15 total minutes this season.
Glessner recorded 95 saves this year, equating to a .941 save percentage. Glessner had a season high 21 saves in the October 23 match at Catholic University. That match ended in a 0-0 tie. She ends the season with a record of 8-3-7.
Spartan head coach Vicki Stener knows that Glessner is a great model of a student-athlete.
"Melanie is an outstanding example of an outstanding student and an outstanding athlete," said Sterner. "She had a fantastic year on the field. Melanie took the starting job in the preseason and never looked back. Her work in the classroom is as impressive as her work on the field."
Glessner has earned a 3.92 cumulative GPA as a Sociology major and Mathematics minor. She has been honored on the Dean's List all four of her collegiate semesters. An injury caused her to sit out her first year at York, allowing her to have a medical redshirt for that year, giving her sophomore athletic eligibility.
"I am excited to have Melanie back for two more years," said Sterner. "She has the ability to be one of the best players in our conference and our region."
Glessner received three Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2012 as she was also a second-team All-CAC selection despite dominating all conference goalkeeping categories during the year.
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.
Story written by Evan Frock – Athletic Communications Practicum Student