YORK, PA – The York College women's soccer team earned a pair of national statistical championships as announced recently by the NCAA. The Spartans also had three categories where they placed second overall.
The Spartans earned a team championship in save percentage as they posted a .942 mark during the 2012 season. The defense ranked second in goals against average as they yielded only 0.304 goals per game for the year. The Spartans were also ranked second in shutout percentage at 83.3%. The Green and White registered 15 shutouts in 18 games for the year.
Sophomore goalie Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) earned a national statistical championship for save percentage as she registered a .941 save percentage for the season. Glessner recorded 95 saves while she allowed just six goals in 1732 minutes in net for the Green and White.
Glessner also finished second in the nation in goals against average with a 0.31 GAA.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner knows how good her defense played this year.
"Melanie and our defenders all played fantastic this year," said the long-time Spartan mentor. "We had a strong group that played together and were very consistent all season. I am looking forward to having a large core of returning defenders for 2013. If we can do a better job of finishing in the offensive third, we have a chance to have a great fall."
The Spartan defense was anchored by junior All-CAC selection Dale Mason (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy), freshman Chelsea McDowell (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson), and sophomore Jenn Lindsay (North Massapequea, N.Y./Plainedge). Senior midfielder Caitlin Aversa (Severna Park, Md./Archbishop Spalding) also played a large role in the Spartans' defensive effort from her midfield position.
The Spartans welcome back 10 starters for the 2013 season as Sterner must only replace Aversa in the midfield.