BALTIMORE – UMBC women's soccer's junior back Nikki Boretti (Garmisch, Germany/Archbishop Spalding) has been selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's Soccer First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Boretti was one of three members of the first team with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Boretti becomes the first women's soccer player at UMBC to receive the nation's top academic honor and the sixth student-athlete in school history to earn first team honors. The honor is the first for a Retriever since Liam Paddock was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Soccer First Team.
Boretti was named to the Capital One All-District 2 First Team last month and was named to her second America East All-Academic Team. 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 posted career-bests in points (seven) and goals (three), while also helping the Retrievers to their lowest goal allowance in program history (11). Boretti was named to the America East All-Tournament Team for the second straight season.
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.