|High School:||Hotchkiss School|
2016: Second team All-Ivy selection… Led team in assists (5) and points (11)… Scored three goals, including the game winner against Sacred Heart… Started 15 of 16 games… Had two assists in the 3-3 tie with Harvard… Scored Yale’s goal in 1-1 tie with Princeton… Started all seven Ivy League games and had five points.
2015: Honorable mention All-Ivy selection… Appeared in all 17 games and started 13… Tied for team lead with six points (2 goals, 2 assists)… Both his two goals and two assists came against Ivy League opponents… Started six of the seven Ivy games.
High School: Two-time all-state selection at The Hotchkiss School… Tallied 33 assists in his final two seasons… NEPSSA All Star as both a junior and senior… WNEPSSA All Star in his senior year and was twice named to the WNEPSSA All Select team… Helped Hotchkiss win two Founders League titles and the New England Class A championship in his freshmen season… Also ran track, competing in the 400 and 200 dashes and the 4x400 and 4x100 relays. Captained both the soccer and track teams as a senior.
Club Soccer Info: Played club soccer for both Beachside and the Dover Dreamers. Beachside won a pair of Connecticut State Cup titles and participated in the Region 1 championships… Dreamers were undefeated from 2011 to 2014 and ranked fourth in the nation.
Academic Awards: Spanish and History Prize recipient at Hotchkiss… Junior Cum Laude (top 5% of class).
Personal: Son of Christopher and Letty Downs… Father played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse at Trinity College… Mother was a field hockey and lacrosse player at Colby College… Visited and lived at Right To Dream Academy, a top level football academy in Ghana, all summers but one since age 13… Helped tutor boys in school in preparation for coming to United States and train with U15 and U18 teams.
3 QUESTIONS FOR DOWNS
Who is your biggest soccer influence and why?
My father, who was my coach age 8 through 15, continues to be my biggest soccer inspiration. He has made me love the game the way I do and taught me all I know about it. I am a big fan of Pep Guardiola and his philosophy. He has a vision for the game that he never strays from - he coaches total football.
Do you have an idol or hero?
I have always been a massive fan of the Barcelona midfield of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. I watch those players to learn from how they play.
Why did you select Yale?
Yale offers an opportunity to pursue an unrivaled intellectual experience but also to compete athletically at a high level. The campus was as captivating as it was welcoming. Everyone I met was very genuine.
Coach Stannard on Downs: "While Nicky was recruited by some very good programs, I think he is one of the most underrated players coming into the Ivy League, if not the entire nation. His range of passing and ability to pass the ball with both feet accurately and consistently is very rare for a player his age. Nicky is very confident on the ball and is very good at connecting the lines. His ability to impact the attacking half with accurate and timely passes is going to help put our attackers in more dangerous positions. He also does a great job on attacking free kicks."
|Oct 22||Penn||L, 3-0|
|Oct 25||at Hartford||L, 2-1|
|Oct 29||Columbia||L, 1-0|
|Nov 2||Saint Joseph's||W, 3-1|
|Nov 5||at Brown||L, 3-1|
|Nov 12||Princeton||T, 1-1|
|Sep 5||at Michigan||T, 2-2||1||0||1||1||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 10||Sacred Heart||W, 2-0||1||1||1||3||3||.333||1-1||1|
|Sep 14||at Quinnipiac||L, 2-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 17||Lafayette||L, 2-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 24||at New Hampshire||L, 3-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 1||at Harvard||T, 3-3||1||0||2||2||4||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 8||at Dartmouth||L, 2-0||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 11||Connecticut||L, 1-0||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 16||at Cornell||W, 3-0||1||0||1||1||3||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 19||at Michigan St.||L, 2-0||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 22||Penn||L, 3-0||1||0||0||0||3||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 25||at Hartford||L, 2-1||-||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Oct 29||Columbia||L, 1-0||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Nov 2||Saint Joseph's||W, 3-1||1||1||0||2||4||.250||0-0||0|
|Nov 5||at Brown||L, 3-1||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Nov 12||Princeton||T, 1-1||1||1||0||2||3||.333||0-0||0|