Glessner
Glessner

York College's Melanie Glessner has been named to the 2012 Capital One NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Academic All-America Third Team.

The team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Glessner, a first-year starter who anchored a Spartan defense that ranked second nationally in goals-against average, is a sophomore sociology major with a 3.92 grade-point average. She is the seventh Academic All-American for York.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.

The Waldorf, Md., resident shattered the York College record for shutouts in goal with 141/2 clean sheets this season. Glessner had the top save percentage of any goalkeeper in NCAA Division III women's soccer and was ranked second in goals-against average. Glessner conceded only six goals this season in 18 games.

Glessner recorded 95 saves this year, equating to a .941 save percentage. Glessner had a season-high 21 saves in the Oct. 23 match at Catholic University. That match ended in a 0-0 tie. She ended the season with an 8-3-7 record and a 0.31 goals-against average.

Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner said Glessner deserved the honor.

"Melanie is an outstanding example of an outstanding student and an outstanding athlete," Sterner said. "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."

An injury caused Glessner 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," Sterner said. "She has the ability to be one of the best players in our conference and our region."