Mount Si alum and North Bend native Nikki Stanton, now playing soccer at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., has achieved a major college honor.
Stanton was named to the National Soccer Coaches Associate of America All-Northeast Region First Team, announced by the organization in December.
She is the fifth Stag in program history to earn the First Team All-Region honors and the third under the tutelage of coach Jim O’Brien.
“She has been an integral part of our success,” he said.
Stanton was a four-year starter for the Stags, after missing her first season due to an injury that she suffered in high school. She became only the seventh player in program history to earn First-Team All-MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) accolades, after finishing the season as the Stags leader in assists, with seven. All told, Stanton tallied 11 points this season in leading Fairfield to the championship game of the 2013 MAAC Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors.
Stanton started 77 of the 79 games in which she played in her four seasons, which leaves her fifth on the all-time starts list in program history. She tallied 15 assists for her career, leaving her just outside the program’s top-10 and graduates with 27 total career points. She excelled in the classroom as well, earning four MAAC All-Academic Team selections and three MAAC All-Academic Honor Roll nods.
The Stags have had 15 players named to NSCAA All-Region Teams, beginning with ta third team selection for Fairfield Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Christen Veach in 1995. Stanton marks the ninth regional selection that O’Brien has coached, including first team honoree Lauren Reilly last fall.