Colonials Begin Atlantic 10 Play on Friday at Richmond
2012 at GW
Saw action in nine games and made eight starts in goal for a total of 765:00 ... Posted a 2.35 goals-against average and a .701 save percentage with 47 saves ... Made his collegiate debut against George Mason (8/30) and stopped three shots without allowing a goal in the second half ... Made his first career start in a 2-1 win over Howard in the D.C. College Cup (9/1) ... Recorded five saves in his first career shutout, a 2-0 victory over Liberty at VMI's Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team (9/9) ... Stopped seven shots against Bryant (9/16), then followed with a career-high 11 saves against UMBC (9/22).
2011-12 AT AKRON
Received a redshirt as a true freshman ... Member of an Akron team which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Jean-Pierre van der Merwe ... Born Sept. 12, 1992 in Petroia, South Africa ... Son of Helene Bernstein and James van der Merwe ... Has three younger sisters, Marian, Michelle and Kristen, and two younger brothers, Andrew and Daniel ... Intends to major in accounting.
Coach Jones' Take: "Jean-Pierre is a highly motivated goalkeeper who will be pushing for the starting position this fall. He is a technically solid keeper with great size and command of his area to lead our defense."