Harry Merz Named United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America

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.

2019 United Soccer Coaches Association NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-America Teams

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.

Harry Merz
Harry Merz Second Team Scholar All-America

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