The fabulous career of forward Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) came to a close at The University of Scranton last weekend in the NCAA Tournament. But, before saying goodbye to the Royals, Licari collected more individual hardware on Friday for her work not only on the field but off of it, as she was named the 2018 Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete for women's soccer.
Licari becomes just the fourth Royal women's soccer student-athlete to earn the Senior Scholar Athlete award from the Landmark in program history, joining Emily Farell (2012), Jasmine Sconciafurno (2015) and Erin Casey (2016).
It is also the third time in four seasons a University of Scranton women's soccer player has earned the prestigious award from the conference.
On the field in her career at Scranton, Licari went on to earn All-Landmark Conference honors three times, nabbing first team accolades in 2017, and second team honors in both 2016 and 2018.
A catalyst for a team that won two Landmark Conference titles was a runner-up once and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times throughout her career, Licari ends her time at Scranton scoring 21 career goals while adding 17 assists in 70 starts at forward over four seasons. She scored 11 game-winners throughout the course of her career, as well.
A United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team selection in 2017, Licari has been just as impressive off the pitch in her studies at the University of Scranton, where she is a double major in biology and philosophy.
Boasting a GPA of 3.94. Licari has been named a USC Scholar All-American (Third Team selection) and a Scholar All-Region award winner - which she won in 2017 - as well as a three-time selection to the Landmark Conference's Fall Academic Honor Roll. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team this fall.
A member of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts program at Scranton where she studies the works of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, etc, Licari has also served as a teaching assistant for microbiology and general biology labs on-campus.
In the community, Licari has served as a volunteer for Big Friends/Little Friends in Scranton since 2016, where she tutors underprivileged area elementary school children. She's also a member of the University's "Show Your Stripes" club, in which she worked with the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton to help families with seriously ill or injured children at area medical facilities.
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