YORK, PA - York College sophomore goalkeeper Melanie Glessner (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) received a tremendous honor on Thursday as she was named to the D3soccer.com All-American team as announced be the organization.
Glessner is the third York College women's soccer player to earn All-American honors, following in the footsteps of Erin Kuhn and Emily Sullivan. Kuhn was named a d3kicks.com second-team All-American in 2006 while Sullivan earned third team honors the same year.
The D3soccer.com All-American teams are selected by the D3soccer.com staff, Division III soccer coaches and sports information directors from a field of over 600 nominations.
Glessner was fantastic all year for the Spartans as she played all but 45 minutes of the Spartans 1732:15 in goal for the season. She allowed just six goals during the campaign as she boasted a goals against average of 0.31, by far a Spartan school record. Glessner also had an outstanding .941 save percentage as she recorded 95 stops on the year.
Glessner notched a school-record 14 shutouts as she doubled up Meagan Cahill's single-season school record of seven.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner was very pleased to see her net minder earn the national honor.
"Melanie is so deserving of this honor," said Sterner. "It is great to see her get the recognition she richly deserves. Melanie was simply outstanding during the course of the season. She is clearly one of the keepers in Division III women's soccer."
Glessner finished second in the nation in goals against average (0.312) and first in save percentage (.941). Her save percentage was 0.14 points higher than second while she finished second in goals against average by 0.55.
Glessner notched a career-high 21 saves in the late October 0-0 draw at Catholic. She was named the Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week three times during the year as she earned second-team All-CAC honors during the year. Glessner also posted a school-record scoreless streak of 926:45.
Glessner spearheaded a defense that finished second in the nation in shutout percentage (.833), second behind national champion Messiah at .846. The Spartans also finished second in goals against goals against average at 0.304. Messiah also led in that category as they had a 0.227 goals against average.
Glessner headlines a strong group of Spartans that return for the 2013 campaign. Sterner and the Spartans return 10 starters from this year's eight win team.