INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Finishing an incredible career both on the pitch and in the campus community last month, it is only fitting that Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) of The University of Scranton women's soccer team has been nominated for one of the top honors given annually by the NCAA - The Woman of the Year Award - as the full list of 2019 nominees were announced by the organization on Wednesday afternoon.
In all, a record 585 female college athletes were nominated for the award, as Licari joins 192 nominees from Division III.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service, and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Licari, who graduated from Scranton last month after double majoring in biology and sociology, finished her career off last fall after leading the Royals to a pair of Landmark Conference championships (2016, 2017) and three NCAA tournament appearances (2016, 2017, 2018) in her tenure at the University. She also helped the Royals collect a 61-11-9 record in her career, including a 28-0-0 ledger in Landmark Conference regular season play over four seasons.
In her career, Licari tallied 59 points on 21 goals and 17 assists to rank in the top-20 in all three categories in program history. A three-time All-Landmark Conference selection earning First Team accolades in 2017, Licari also earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region First Team accolades in '17 and second team All-Region honors in 2018.
Meanwhile, Licari excelled just as much in class as she did on the field in her career at Scranton, totaling a grade point average of 3.94 while making the University's Dean's List seven times.
In 2018, she was named to CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region Third Team. In 2017, she was named a USC Scholar All-American, garnering a Third Team selection, to go along with a Scholar All-Region First Team pick.
The Landmark Conference's Senior Scholar Athlete for women's soccer in 2018, she was named to the conference's academic honor roll three times in her career, as well. Finally, in May, Licari was the female recipient of the Peter A. Carlesimo Award, which is given annually by the Scranton athletics department to a student-athlete who has excelled both athletically and academically in their respective career.
The nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
For the full 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees list, click here.