A native of Lynbrook, NY, Melissa Cohen was a three-sport athlete at Binghamton from 1986-1990. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1990 in political science.
A woman for all seasons, Cohen was a two-time All-SUNYAC softball catcher in the spring and a member of the basketball team in the winter, but it was on the soccer field in the fall where she excelled. Joining a varsity program that was just one-year old, Cohen quickly steered the Colonials along the path of success as the team's starting goalkeeper for four years. A three-time captain, Cohen earned regional All-America honors in 1987 and 1989 - becoming the program's first two-time honoree.
A four-time All-SUNYAC player, Cohen was named East Division "Player of the Year" as a senior, and also garnered All-New York State accolades following the 1989 season.
Over her final two seasons, Cohen led the Colonials to 20 victories with post-season invitations each year. She holds seven school records, including lowest career goals against average (0.88). After her senior year, Cohen was named Binghamton's "Athlete of the Year," and received the Foundation, Senior Merit and ECAC Merit Awards.
A model student-athlete, Cohen was named the SUNYAC "Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year" in 1989 and also was an Academic All-American that same year.
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