Nicole Blair Named to NSCAA Scholar All-Region
- Release Date:
- January 11, 2013
- The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – Nicole Blair (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse Minoa) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-Region team. The senior defender was recognized for her solid work in the classroom as much as her performance on the field with her 4th Team Scholar All-East selection.
Blair currently carries a 3.61 cumulative grade point average and expects to graduate in May 2013 with a degree in forensic science/crime scene investigation. The three-year captain played in 68 career games for the Hawks and was the heart and soul of the team’s defense for four seasons. Blair was Hilbert College’s Most Valuable Player the last three seasons in women’s soccer and has been named to the AMCC Academic All-Conference Team since her freshman year.
“Nicole played every minute for the program since she arrived on campus. She is a top notch defender with great 1v1 defensive skills,” said Kelly Starchok, Hilbert’s second-year head coach. “She won balls in the air, played with incredible composure under pressure in the back and her strong tactical awareness kept our defense organized while she marked the opponent’s strongest offensive threat.”
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs, one a master’s in criminal justice administration and the other a master’s in public administration, and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.