UNCW summer sports report

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UNCW head men’s soccer coach Aidan Heaney has announced the addition of Sean Melvin to the Seahawk roster for the 2013-14 season.

Melvin comes to the Seahawk program as an outstanding goal keeper from Vancouver, British Columbia, where he was the starting goalie for the Vancouver Whitecaps Under-18 Academy team in 2012-13. He trained with former UNCW standout and longtime Major League Soccer (MLS) keeper, Brad Knighton.

Sean Melvin will join the UNCW men’s soccer club from Vancouver for the upcoming 2013 season.

“I’m delighted that Sean will be joining the UNCW program,” said Heaney. “He comes to us after gaining valuable experience with Vancouver’s highly regarded U18 Academy and PDL teams. Sean plays with a presence and is a goalkeeper who will continue to improve. Sean gives us additional depth in goal with the return of Sam Williams and Brandon Bolen.”

The Seahawks begin their 2013 slate with exhibition matches versus Longwood at the UNCW Soccer Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 24, against N.C. State in Raleigh.

UNCW’s first two regular season matches are on the road, with their opener against the Buckeyes of Ohio State as part of the Bert & Iris Wolstein Soccer Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Seahawk golf trio, track & field earn academic recognition

Thomas Bass, Stefan Brewer and Payne McLeod were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for their efforts both on the course and off the links during the 2012-13 season.

The trio led the Seahawks to their third straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship last spring and fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance.

The UNCW mens golf team made their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance this past spring.

To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships and have a stroke average under 76.

UNCW’s track and field program has also been recognized again for its efforts in the classroom after being named All-Academic team honors by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Seahawks combined for a 3.14 grade point average and were ranked fourth in the CAA, which featured seven programs with All-Academic honors. The College of William & Mary paced the conference with a 3.36 GPA.

Nationally, 187 programs earned the designation by compiling at least a 3.00 GPA.