GW's Keer, Ulrick Earn NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Honors
Women's Soccer Senior Duo Named NSCAA Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention
Feb. 6, 2014
WASHINGTON – George Washington seniors Melanie Keer and Nicole Ulrick were named 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) University Division Women’s Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention, the governing body announced.
Keer, an exercise science major, and Ulrick, a psychology major, have racked up multiple academic accolades throughout the year as were both named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team in November of 2013 – the first Colonials players to earn the distinction since 2009. The duo also helped GW pick up its fourth straight NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year. Additionally, they were recently named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List, while Ulrick was one of 18 student-athletes to achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
A four-year starter on defense, Keer was an instrumental piece of the back line that helped GW hold its opponents to a 0.84 goals-against average while posting eight shutouts this season. Over her career the Doylestown, Pa., native was the defensive anchor that helped the Colonials record 18 shutouts, highlighted by blanking Richmond in this fall's regular-season finale that helped GW clinch a bid to the A-10 Championship for the first time in 11 years.
Ulrick jumped into the starting goalkeeper spot in 2013 and proved her ability between the posts as she finished her final season ranked second in the A-10 in save percentage (.810) and goals-against average (0.84). Her eight shutouts also ranked second in the league and are the most clean sheets in a season for GW since 1994. The senior co-captain made a career-high 10 saves in GW’s conference-opening victory at Rhode Island and was subsequently named A-10 Co-Player of the Week. She was also a key component in the Colonials’ 1-0 shutout of 2012 A-10 champion La Salle, which snapped the Explorers’ 19-match regular-season conference win streak that dated back to Oct. 2010.
Keer and Ulrick will graduate this spring with bachelor’s degrees and both have plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2014.
To be eligible for NSCAA Scholar All-East Region honors, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative GPA throughout their careers, start more than 50 percent of the team’s games and have reached junior or above in their academic standing.