United Soccer Coaches has announced that Luther College senior defender Harry Merz (Auckland, New Zealand) has been named a 2019 Division III Scholar All-America. This is the first time he has been so honored.
Thirty-five student-athletes were presented this honor, 11 on the first-team, 10 on the second-team and 14 on the third-team. Merz was a second-team honoree.
Student-athletes receiving Scholar All-America recognition met the following criteria: Must have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or better throughout career; Started more than 50 percent of all games during the 2018 season and significantly contribute to their team; Nominated by head coach of current College Services member institution; Junior or above in academic standing; and, if a transfer student, in second year at school.
This honor completes a soccer season that saw Luther post an overall record of 17-5-3 and advance to the Elite 8 of the NCAA III National Tournament for a second consecutive year and a final national ranking of No. 5.
Luther to a second consecutive appearance in the Elite 8 of the NCAA III National Tournament. The Norse finished their year with an overall mark of 17-5-3.
Earlier this year, Merz was named American Rivers Conference all-conference first-team and all-North Region for a second time (2018, 2019). He anchored a defensive line that helped the Norse post a goals-against-average of 0.96. After transferring from St. Edwards University (Texas) following his freshman year, he became a staple in the Norse defensive unit. He completed his career making 68 appearances that included 66 starts. He was credited with two goals and three assists for seven career points.