QUEENS, N.Y. – Melina Couzis, a former standout midfielder-defender at the University of Connecticut, has committed to play for the St. John’s University womem as a graduate student next fall, it was announced Thursday.

Couzis last suited up for the Huskies in the spring of 2021, earning first team All-Big East and second team United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors after leading UConn to an 8-3-1 record and second-place finish in the conference’s East Division.

“We are really happy to welcome Melina to St. John’s women’s soccer,” Red Storm head coach Ian Stone said. “She is a proven Big Eastt standout who will bring great experience and ability to our team.”

The Baldwin Place, N.Y., native played and started in all 12 games and played a team-high 1,124 minutes for the Huskies. Couzis, who anchored a UConn backline that allowed 0.58 goals per game, also added a goal and assist.

As a junior in 2019, Couzis started 11 of her 17 appearances, tallying a goal and two assists. That came after a 2018 campaign in which Couzis started all 18 of the Huskies’ matches and registered two assists.

Couzis made an immediate impact for the Huskies as a freshman in 2017, starting five of her 14 appearances.

After graduating from Connecticut this past May with a bachelors’ degree in kinesiology and exercise science, Couzis began graduate study in translational medicine at The City College of New York.