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SFU's McKibben, McNiff Earn NSCAA Scholar All-American Selections

Red Flash Among 6 schools with 2 honorees.
LORETTO, PENNSYLVANIA - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized on Wednesday select collegiate student-athletes as 2013 NSCAA Scholar All-Americans for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

Representing Saint Francis U on the list were second-teamer Tesa McKibben (Cogan Station, Pa./Montoursville) and third team selection Alecia McNiff (Marietta, Pa./Donegal ).   Both are repeat selections for the honor and represent the only two Northeast Conference student-athletes to earn the designation.

With two, SFU is tied for the third-most NCAA Division I Scholar All-America selections in 2013, just behind UCLA and Colorado College, which had three.  The Red Flash joins Penn State, Virginia, Marquette, Texas A&M and La Salle as the nation's six programs with two honorees.

A four-time NSCAA All-Region selection, McKibben became the first four-time Division I conference player of the year in NCAA women's soccer history in November.  She led the nation in career points among active players in 2013 with 177 and ranked near the top of the list in career goals with 69 and assists with 39.  She was a four-time NEC Golden Boot winner, an 18-time NEC Player of the Week selection and was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is the highest individual award in collegiate soccer.

A management and marketing major, McKibben totes an impressive 3.69 GPA.

A captain on the 2013 squad, McNiff will go down as one of the finest defenders in Northeast Conference and program history.  A four-time All-NEC selection, she picked up three NSCAA All-Region plaudits in addition to being named NSCAA College Scholar All-America once before in 2012.  During her time in Loretto, she played a major part in 34 shutouts.

With a 3.34 GPA, McNiff is a student in Saint Francis' renowned Physical Therapy program.

--Saint Francis Athletic Communications



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