7 Melanie Kasparek
7 Melanie Kasparek
Birth Date: 06/27/1984
Height: 5-5
Year: Senior
Hometown: Trumbull, Conn.
High School: Trumbull
Position: Forward/Midfielder
2005 (Senior):
Voted to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 squad. ... Scored her 13th goal of the season, moving her second all-time on the points scored list (Oct. 30, Charlotte) ...

2004 (Junior):
Scored a goal as Rhode Island defeated James Madison on Sept. 6 ... notched two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Hartford on Sept. 19 ... named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on Oct. 4 for her efforts against Temple (hat trick) and Saint Joseph's (one goal) ... also named GoRhody.com Athlete of the Week on Oct. 4 ... tallied Rhode Island's lone goal in a 1-0 shutout of St. Bonaventure Oct. 31 ... named first-team All-Atlantic 10 ... also named to the Academic All-Conference team ... named to the 2004 Academic All-District I Women's Soccer first-team ... earned ESPN Academic All-American honors.

2003 (Sophomore):
Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and conference Student-Athlete of the Year ... started in all but one game ... led the team in scoring and assists with 14 and six, respectively ... scored two goals against Northeastern on Aug. 31, Dayton on Oct. 10 and St. Bonaventure on Oct. 24 ... tallied two goals in a 4-0 whitewashing on Duquesne on Oct. 26 as twin sister Megan scored Rhode Island's other two goals ... notched the game-winning goal against Temple on Nov. 2 ... scored Rhode Island's lone goal in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship against Richmond on Nov. 6 ... earned Player of the Week on three occasions ... first-team All-Atlantic 10 performer ... earned All-Northeast Region honors from NSCAA ... earned All-Atlantic 10 Academic honors.

2002 (Freshman):
A second-team NSCAA All-American, one of only two freshmen to earn the honor ... earned All-Northeast Region honors from Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA ... named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year ... was the conference's rookie of the week on four occasions ... a first-team All-Atlantic 10 performer ... set URI's freshman scoring record with 14 goals and 10 assists for 38 points ... scored a goal and added an assist in her first collegiate game, a 3-3 tie against Providence on Sept. 1 ... tallied the game-winner in the team's 1-0 victory against Columbia on Sept. 10 ... notched both goals in the Rams 2-1 upset victory against No. 9-ranked Auburn on Sept. 20 ... scored one goal and added three assists in a 6-3 win over George Washington on Nov. 3 that captured the Atlantic 10 regular season title ... notched the Rams lone goal in the 2-1 loss against Connecticut on Nov. 17 in the second round of the NCAA Championship.

High School/Club
Graduated from Trumbull High in 2002 ... named All-FCIAC from 1999-2001 ... earned all-state titles in 1999-2001 ... honored as an All-New England performer in 2000 and 2001 ... had a career total of 72 goals and 52 assists ... selected as a Connecticut Post All-Star as well as a New Haven Register All-Star in 1999, 2000 and 2001 ... helped Trumbull High win three state championships in 1998, 1999 and 2001 as well as four straight FCIAC Championships from 1998-01 ... honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 FCIAC Championship game and Most Valuable Player of the Class LL State Championships in 1999 and 2001 ... also played for Yankee United Heat on the 1998 Regional Championship team ... helped lead the Yankee United Rage club team to the 1999, 2000 and 2001 state championship ... a member of the American Field Service Club, Safety Riders and Post Prom organizations ... earned honor roll throughout high school ... was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

Melanie Lynn Kasparek was born on June 27, 1984 in Bridgeport, Conn. ... daughter of Ray and Trudi Kasparek ... twin sister to Megan Kasparek, also a senior on the Rhode Island soccer team ... older sister Heather Kasparek played for the Rams from 1999-2002 ... majoring in psychology.

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