Junior forward Hannah Melchiorre of the Purdue soccer team was honored as a semifinalist for the 2020 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.
Melchiorre is one of 27 national semifinalists for the collegiate honor that recognizes athletes for their character and leadership both on and off the field. The award is presented annually to four athletes: one professional, one collegiate and one male and female high schooler.
Of the 27 semifinalists, and four already-announced finalists, Melchiorre is one of two Big Ten student-athletes and one of five women’s or men’s soccer players.
A biochemistry major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, Melchiorre hails from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team in December and is a two-time Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
As part of the Purdue community, Melchiorre founded Boiler Brave, a student-athlete mental wellness program, and is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative. She is a Purdue Women in Science Program (WISP) mentor and a member of Purdue’s John R. Wooden Leadership Institute and Purdue’s Emerging Leaders.
Melchiorre is involved in undergraduate research for her honors thesis, where she works in the Purdue research lab, and will be starting her own research project this semester.
Melchiorre led the Boilermakers with four goals and three game-winning goals this season. She was second on the team with eight points and 12 shots on goal and third with 22 shots. While playing in all 20 games and starting 19, Melchiorre helped guide Purdue to a Big Ten tournament berth and a spot in the semifinals thanks to a quarterfinals victory at top-seeded and No. 7-ranked Wisconsin.
She totaled 1,320 minutes played in her junior campaign, which led the team among forwards and midfielders. Her team-best four goals were highlighted by the game-winning tally in the 59th minute at Indiana to propel the Boilermakers to the postseason.