11 Nicole Benko
    Nicole Benko


    Valley Stream, N.Y.

    High School:
    Valley Stream South




    AT PROVIDENCE: 2008: Started 16 of 17 games in 2008...Recorded one assist on the game-tying goal at Cincinnati on 10/3. 2007: Started 16 of 17 games in 2007...Finished first on the team in shots with 24 and tied for first in assists with two. 2006: Started 14 of PC's 16 games in 2006...Finished tied for third on the team in points with four, on one goal and two assists... Scored her first collegiate goal versus Holy Cross on 8/25.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Earned five varsity letters with four in soccer and one in basketball at Valley Stream South High School... Captained her high school soccer team for two seasons... Received All-State Honors and was named Valley Stream South MVP in 2005... Received All-Nassau County Honors from 2003-04 and All-Class honors in 2002...Was a member of the high-honor roll... Athletic Honor Society, Athletic Leadership Team and the Class Council.

    CLUB SOCCER: A three-time member of the ENY ODP team and a four-time captain of the East Meadow ISA Magic... Won the State Cup Championship in 2004 and 2005... Named to the ODP Region 1 team in 2005, the SYL Region team in 2004, and the SYL North American Umbro Team in 2003... Was a member of the PDA College Showcase and Disney Showcase Championship teams in 2004... In 2003, led team to the SYL National semifinals, the Disney Showcase semifinals and the WAGS "A" Flight Title.

    PERSONAL: Born September 12, 1988... Daughter of Laura and Mike Benko... Has an older sister, Danielle and a younger brother, Michael... Health policy management major with a minor in finance.

    FAVORITE ATHLETES: Steven Gerrard and Kaka.

    FAVORITE TEAMS: Manchester United, New York Yankees and the New York Giants. HOBBIes: Soccer.