McCarty graduated last year with a degree in psychology and is now taking graduate school classes at FSU in sports management.

"Tiffany has been as important of a player we have had at Florida State," said Mark Krikorian, the head coach since 2005. "She is among the best we have ever had. She came in as a scorer but has added a lot of things to her play. She has had a fantastic career. She is a great, silent leader. We are going to miss her."

McCarty played club soccer for the Freestate Shooters and was part of a national title team with them in 2007.

At St. John's she had 191 goals and 74 assists and led the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in scoring four years in a row as the Cadets won three league titles.


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She has been part of a program that is ranked nationally on an annual basis. Does she have any favorite memories?

"The one that stands out the most is when we beat North Carolina my sophomore year. That was a pretty big game for us. I remember being pretty excited," she said.

Last year the team advanced to the Final Four before losing in the semifinals to Stanford 3-0.

"The thing I am most proud of is going to the Final Four," she said of the 2011 season. "It was a good experience for us even though we lost."

McCarty is interested in being a social worker and working with children but also has her eyes on a professional soccer career.

She has former college teammates playing in Australia, Sweden and Belgium but would prefer to play in a North American league if possible. "I hope I can continue to play the sport," she said.

But first she hopes to get back to the Final Four. "When you get older your role kind of changes," she said. "When I first got here I was a 17-year-old freshman just trying to get on the team. Now I am a fifth-year senior with a lot of experience."