After being nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award in late June, former University of Scranton women's soccer student-athlete Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Jamestown) has been selected by the Landmark Conference as the conference's nominee for the Woman of the Year Award, which was announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.
With her selection, Licari is now one of just 148 women across all NCAA Divisions to advance as nominees for the Woman of the Year Award. The original pool of nominees was 585, as Licari was selected over two other student-athletes to represent the Landmark Conference on the national stage.
Licari is also just one of 51 from NCAA Division III to advance, as well.
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.
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 Top 30 honorees, comprising 10 women from each division, will be named by the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the pool to nine finalists — with three from each division — in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year.
The 2019 Woman of the Year will be named, and the Top 30 honorees will be celebrated at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
For the full list of 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award candidates, click here.