BALTIMORE – For the first time in program history, a UMBC women's soccer player has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, as junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) was one of 14 District 2 Division I winners, as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday.
Boretti, one of only two Division I District 2 honorees with a perfect 4.0 GPA, marks the first Retriever to earn the honor since Liam Paddock was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Soccer First Team. As an All-District First Team member, Boretti advances to the Academic All-America vote, which will be released in November.
The honor is the second in a two-day span for the Garmisch, Germany native, who was named to the America East All-Academic Team for the second straight season on Wednesday. The biology and psychology double major is a two-time member of the AEC Commissioner's Honor Roll and has been named to the President's list all four times during her academic career.
On the field, Boretti has not missed a start in two seasons and has combined for 13 points on five goals and three assists. This season, she has posted career-bests in points (seven) and goals (three), while also helping the Retrievers to their lowest goal allowance in program history (11).
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution and be nominated by their school's sports information department.
The Retrievers' 12 regular-season victories are the most in program history. UMBC earned the second seed in the upcoming America East Championships and will open the tournament with semifinal action on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. UMBC awaits the results of Thursday's quarterfinal matchup between No. 3 New Hampshire and No. 6 Binghamton.