Helene Nicoletti - Catholic University
Helene Nicoletti - Senior - The Catholic University of America
Catholic University women's soccer standout Helene Nicoletti enjoyed the sort of senior season that student-athletes dream about. In doing so, she collected an armload of awards and honors, and also helped Catholic to one of the best seasons in program history.
Her career on the soccer field has followed a steady a progression, showing the type of career development that coaches likely picture when a student-athlete arrives on campus. She saw the field immediately as a freshman, starting all 20 games for the Cardinals and scoring one goal from a defensive position. Her stats for her sophomore season were nearly identical, and Catholic posted 12 victories and reached the Landmark postseason.
One year later, now a junior, she captured first-team All-Conference honors helping anchor a Catholic defense that limited foes to 28 goals in 20 games, and this time seeing her team reach the Landmark Championship match before falling in overtime.
Finally, in her senior season, the accolades and team honors came piling in. She again was a first-team All-Conference choice and was recognized as the Landmark Defensive Player of the Year. All-Region honors followed for the first time in her career, capturing first-team honors.
Even more than the personal honors were the team triumphs that resulted for Catholic in her senior season. The Cardinals finished atop the Landmark standings, won the program's first Landmark Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time and ultimately finished the year with a 17-3-1 record.
If the on-field achievements weren't enough, Nicoletti also excels in the classroom, a distinction that was honored when she was voted the Landmark Women's Soccer Senior Scholar Athlete, an award which is presented to just one student-athlete from each Landmark sport. A nursing student at Catholic she has earned Dean's List honors in five of her six semesters prior to this fall, and was also named to the Fall Landmark All-Academic Team.
And just in case she didn't achieve enough things in the fall season, once the soccer campaign was over, Nicoletti jumped into the pool where she earned 19 points in individual events to help Catholic place third at the Landmark Swimming & Diving Championships.
And why not...now that swimming season has wrapped up, Nicoletti is on the roster for the Cardinals track & field team and will try and help that squad at the upcoming Landmark Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Just another season and another competition in the life of a student-athlete who has absolutely gotten the most out of her Division III collegiate experience.