On Downing: A three-year veteran on the back lines for Maryland, Downing will serve his first year as a team captain this fall with fellow junior Beckett Hollenbach … a quick and agile defender, Downing will be counted on with Hollenbach to organize the Maryland defense into a cohesive unit as effective as last year's, which included All-American defender Dan Califf … possesses quick feet and is undoubtedly one of the Terrapins' strongest links this season … Downing will move from defensive midfield to the back, and will play centrally in the back whether the Terps run a three or a four-man back system.
As a Sophomore 1999: A key component of a Maryland defense that was consistently one of the best in the country … had six assists, including a three-assist performance against American on Oct. 20 … missed three games with a strained MCL, but started the other 17 games on the Terps' schedule … assisted Jason Cropley's game-winner against Lafayette on Sept. 22 … Downing was also named to the Maryland/Fila Preseason College Kick-off all-tournament team ... a second-team All South Atlantic Regions selection.
As a Freshman 1998: As a Freshman 1998: Started in 23 games, missing one game because of an injury … was part of a young Maryland back line that allowed its opponents 26 goals … named to Soccer America's All-Freshman team … played on the U.S. U-20 National team in the spring.
Before Maryland: Attended Eastlake High School in Redmond, Wash. ... the 1997 Gatorade National Player of the Year ... 1997 Parade National Player of the Year ... a Soccer America top 25 collegiate recruit ... captained the U.S. Under-17 National Team which participated in the World Cup in Egypt in 1997 ... a starter on the U.S. Under-20 National Team ... a three-time NSCAA All-American (1996-98) ... earned Parade All-American honors in 1997 ... the 1996 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington ... a four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer ... helped guide Eastlake to an 82-6-1 record during his four years, including back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1996 and 1997 ... scored 40 goals and 35 assists while wearing the Eastlake uniform.
Personal: Graduated with a 3.0 grade point average ...chose the University of Maryland because of its professional atmosphere ... majoring in letters and sciences... parents are Jim and Linda Downing ... born Jan. 25, 1980, his full name is Nick Scott Downing.
Downing By The Numbers Year GP-GS Goals Assts Pts 1998 23-23 0 0 0 1999 17-17 0 6 6 Career 40-40 0 6 6