BOSTON – Two Great Danes have been named among the six individuals to earn 2018 America East Fall-Scholar-Athlete honors. Daniel Krutzen from men’s soccer and Melissa Nealon from field hockey were the selections for their respective sports, the conference offices announced Thursday.
Krutzen, a senior defender from Lanaken, Belgium, earns his second-consecutive Fall Scholar-Athlete honor. He led the Great Danes and the America East in assists for the second-straight year after starting his senior campaign earning spots on the MAC Hermann Preseason Watch List, the College Soccer News Preseason All-America Third Team, and the Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI Second Team. He also earned America East All-Academic honors for the second-straight season, and further earned repeat selections to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East First Team and Scholar All-America Second Team. Finally, Krutzen was named a Senior CLASS All-America Second Team. Krutzen graduated in December with a 3.82 GPA in Business.
Nealon, a redshirt-junior goalkeeper from Mechanicville, N.Y., earned 2018 Third Team All-America honors starting all 21 games in the cage for the Great Danes, accumulating a .813 save percentage to rank first in the NCAA. She finished the year third in Division I with a 0.80 goals against average and eighth with a .750 win percentage. Nealon was named the America East Co-Goalkeeper of the Year and was a first team All-America East selection. Nealon also garnered America East All-Academic and All-Tournament team honors. Nealon, like Krutzen, graduated UAlbany in December with a 3.83 GPA in Human Biology, and is currently enrolled in the university's Higher Education master's program, where she currently holds a 3.90 GPA.
Krutzen and Nealon were named alongside UMass Lowell’s Paul Hogan for men’s cross country, Vermont’s Lauren Trumble for women’s cross country, Hartford’s Sierra Stone for women’s soccer, and Stony Brook’s Emily Costello for women’s volleyball. A student-athlete earns the seasonal Scholar-Athlete award for displaying academic excellence during the most recent season and throughout their careers.