As the 2019 University of Scranton women's soccer team won the Landmark Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last week, alumnus Erica Licari '19 (Saint James, N.Y./Jamestown) received excellent news from the NCAA, as was named one of the recipients of a 2019 Postgraduate Scholarship.
Licari, who was the Landmark Conference's candidate for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, becomes just the 17th student-athlete in Scranton athletics history to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and the first since men's tennis' Tim McGurrin earned one in 2013. She is also just the third women's soccer alumnus to earn a scholarship, joining Nicole Bayman (2001) and Lori Snyder (1987).
Currently, Licari who earned her bachelor's degree from Scranton last May in Biology and Philosophy is currently enrolled in the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate in New York City, wherein four years' time she will graduate with a Doctor of Medicine degree.
"I am extremely honored and grateful to have received this scholarship from the NCAA, and I know it is going to make a huge impact on my future," said Licari. "I am also very thankful for the incredible experiences I have had at Scranton, and for how Scranton has already opened up so many doors for me as I continue my education to become a doctor."
The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter, and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
In her playing career at Scranton, Licari excelled not only in the classroom but on the pitch for the Royals, leading the program to three NCAA Tournament bids and two Landmark Conference championships in her time on-campus.
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.
For more on the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program, click here: http://www.ncaa.org/ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship-program