The honor is bestowed upon one male and one female student-athlete at BC each year and is the highest accolade awarded by the Boston College athletic community.
Melamed a three-year co-captain of the men’s soccer team was a premier defender in the Big East for his first three years in Chestnut Hill. Due to a couple of injuries the 2004 Big East Preseason Defender of the Year was moved to the midfield during his senior season.
He embraced the challenge and excelled leading the team to the NCAA Tournament and the Sweet 16. After the season he was named the 2004 Big East Midfielder of the Year. Melamed’s work as a defensive midfielder helped the Eagles allow just 10 goals the fewest in the program’s 38-year history.
Melamed’s accomplishments are second to none – both in and out of the classroom. In February the three-time team MVP was named the 2004-05 Big East Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was also selected to the ESPN/CoSida Academic All-America First Team this fall.
The Israeli native completed his undergraduate degree in accounting in 3 ½ years and is currently pursuing his master’s degree.
After the season Melamed received College Soccer News first-team and NSCAA/adidas second-team All-America honors. He also received All-America honors in 2002 after leading the Eagles to the Elite Eight.
A fourth-round selection in this winter’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft Melamed is currently playing in the backfield for the Colorado Rapids.