YORK, PA – For the second straight year, York College junior goalkeeper Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) has earned national Capital One Academic All-America honors as announced by CoSIDA on Friday. Glessner was a third team selection for her outstanding performance in the classroom and on the field.
She is one of 33 women's soccer players in all of Division III women's soccer to earn the prestigious academic honor.
Glessner was fantastic for the Capital Athletic Conference champion Spartans. She was the CAC's first-team All-CAC netminder after another stellar year. Glessner went 11-4-3 with five full shutouts in her 20 games this year. The junior notched a 0.64 goals against average and a .864 save percentage. She recorded 70 saves on 193 shots faced. She did all that despite being hampered by a slew of injuries during the year.
Four of the biggest saves of Glessner's career didn't even officially count as she made four stops in the CAC Tournament championship game penalty shootout win at Christopher Newport. Glessner's efforts in net lifted York to the PK win as the Spartans earned their second women's soccer tournament crown.
In the NCAA Tournament, Glessner shutout Carnegie Mellon in the opening round and took #6 Johns Hopkins into double overtime until a brilliant Blue Jay goal ended the Spartan season at 13-5-3.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner knows Glessner had high expectations to deal with after last year's amazing campaign.
"I don't think anyone realized how difficult it was for Mel this year," said Sterner. "Last season, we had so many things go right and Mel was just unbelievable. To follow up and have another great year was really impressive. All the honors she receives are well deserved."
Glessner is a sociology and criminal justice major with a minor in mathematics. Glessner's GPA is 3.93 as she earned All-District 4 Academic honors earlier in the month.
"Mel's excellence in the classroom translates to her success on the field," says Sterner. "She demands a great deal from herself and her teammates. Mel is an extremely hard worker and has maximized her abilities."
Glessner's career has been an impressive one. She owns a 0.54 goals against average with a save percentage of .893. Glessner has 20 career shutouts and has been a part of six other clean sheets. She has played 3,523 career minutes in 43 games and accumulated 175 saves. Glessner owns a career record of 21-7-10. She was the 2012 NCAA Division III leader in save percentage while she finished second in the nation in goals against average.
Glessner is just the second Spartan student-athlete to be a two-time national Academic All-American joining former men's basketball standout Brandon Bushey in being a two-time national honoree.
Glessner leads a large core of returners for 2014. York is slated to return ten starters and all 13 of their top scorers.