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MARIA WENZEL '93
Inducted 1998



A native of Yorktown Heights, NY, Maria Wenzel played soccer at Binghamton from 1989-92. She received her bachelor's degree in graphic design in 1993.
A gifted defender, Wenzel was the stalwart for Binghamton teams that reached post-season tournaments in each of her four seasons. A stopper back, she anchored a defensive unit that allowed less than one goal per game over four years, while posting nearly one shutout for every two games.
The Wenzel-led 1991 squad made the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, finishing the season ninth in the country. As a senior, she led the Colonials to their first-ever SUNYAC Championship. Voted to the All-New York State team as a sophomore, junior and senior, Wenzel's steady play marking opposing attackers drew praise and recognition across the region. She was a three-time All-SUNYAC selection, and holds Binghamton's record for most games started in a career (81).
The University named Wenzel its "Athlete of the Year" in 1990-91, after she led the women's team to 10 wins and an ECAC tournament appearance. In each of her four years, Wenzel's teams won at least 10 games. She was honored as an Adidas Scholar-Athlete, and earned the University's John Bilos Alumni Award as a senior. Wenzel also received an ECAC Merit Medal in 1993.


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