Alumni Update - Mani Brueckner (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .


ERIE, Pa. - Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk announced the 2015-16 Senior Female and MaleBrueckner Gannon Student-Athletes of the Year at the Seventh Annual Student-Athlete Banquet hosted recently in the Yehl Ballroom of the Waldron Center.


Mani Brueckner was named Female Student-Athlete of the Year while Liam Nadler (Leipsic, Ohio/Leipsic Local) took home the Male Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Brueckner was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top 10 with a 3.74 cumulative grade point average as an engineering major. A three-time Academic All-American, the senior women's soccer student-athlete was named to the first team this season.

She landed a spot on the second team as a sophomore and third team as a junior. Also a three-time Academic All-District first-team selection, Brueckner was named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete and received the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association (ADA) Academic Achievement Award every year during her collegiate career.





The Mars graduate received seven career player of the year awards, including three NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Player of the Year and three PSAC Player of the Year honors to go along with an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year award this season. Brueckner is also a five-time All-American for strictly her athletic accomplishments with two first-team selections.


Her past all-america awards include National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) first-team accolades as a senior, NSCAA second-team honors as a freshman and Daktronics third-team accolades as a sophomore and freshman. An eight-time all-region selection, Brueckner has been named all-region by both the sports information directors and coaches all four years.

Brueckner recorded 18 goals, eight assists, 44 points and six game-winning goals during her final season. She led the conference in points per match (2.10), goals per match (0.86) and game-winning goals. Brueckner also ranked third in assists per match (0.38). She finished 16th among all NCAA Division II players in game-winning goals, 17th in points per match and 22nd in goals per match.

The four-year starter broke Gannon's single-record record for points (44) and goals (18) in 2015. She is Gannon's all-time leader in career points (137) and assists (45) while finishing five goals shy of that record (51).

Brueckner led Gannon to its best season in program history with an 18-3 overall record as a senior. The Lady Knights went 17-1 during the regular season, capturing the top seed in the PSAC Tournament. The program became the third PSAC squad to win 17 matches in a row, ascending to the No. 1 position in four consecutive NSCAA Top 25 Polls. It represented the first No. 1 ranking in program history.



(photo courtesy of Gannon University)