ALBANY, N.Y. – The NCAA has announced that UAlbany women’s soccer standout Vivian Vega has been nominated for the organization’s Woman of the Year honor.
She is one of 581 student-athletes across all divisions to be nominated for this award. She is the first UAlbany women’s soccer player to be honored with this nomination.
According to the NCAA’s mission statement: For 28 years, this program has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.
Vega graduated this spring from UAlbany as a four-year member of the women’s soccer program. The three-time America East All-Conference player finished her career as the program’s all-time goals leader with 23, helping the Great Danes win the 2015 and 2016 league titles, including the game-winning goal vs. Hartford in 2016.
In 2015, she competed with the U20 Mexican National Team in the CONCACAF Tournament in Honduras, the first player from the UAlbany women’s soccer team to compete with a national team.
In the classroom, Vega graduated this spring with a 3.46 GPA with a degree in linguistics and a major in Spanish. She was a member of the 2017-18 America East Honor Roll.
Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.