Owls Improve To 3-0-0 In C-USA League Play
Plenty Going On As Rice Welcomes Old Dominion & Charlotte
Photos by Erik Williams as the Rice Soccer team defeated FAU 6-2 on Sept. 15, 2017
2016: Conference USA All-Academic Honor Roll; Enjoyed a more pronounced role in sophomore season, making five starts in the midfield with 15 games played overall... Scored four goals against C-USA foes (Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, UTSA and Middle Tennessee)... Recorded an assist against longtime foe Sam Houston State... Finished third on the team with nine points... Recorded a total of 468 minutes, more than 75 percent of which was in key league games... Played a season-best 79 minutes at Middle Tennessee... Maintained an impressive .833 shots-on-goal percentage, the highest mark on the team.
2015: C-USA All-Academic Honor Roll; Played in 12 matches and worked her way into two starting assignments on the backline in her first season of Division I soccer... Registered a total of 307 minutes, with a career-high 86 minutes in start against Sam Houston State downtown at BBVA Compass Stadium... Contributed to five of the Owls' shutouts... Scored first career goal in final regular season game against C-USA rival UTSA.
Club: Rightside defender for Canada's Burlington Bayhawks... Served as an alternating captain.
High School: A 2016 graduate of Burlington Central High School in Ontario... Versatile student-athlete who stars for the soccer and field hockey teams, and also served as a team captain for both squads... Two-time soccer MVP, once for field hockey... Named the Female Athlete of the Year as a sophomore... Named a Student of Excellence... Three-time member of the Academic Honour Roll... Serves as the school's Athletic Council President after two terms as Vice President... Successfully completed Provincial Education Learning Centre camp for athletic leadership.
Personal: Full name: Darcy Niamh Mickalow. Parents: Alex Mickalow and Kim Lalonde (sister). Chose to attend Rice over Drake, LIU-Brooklyn and Jacksonville State.
Head coach Nicky Adams said: "Darcy is an attacking-minded outside back. She is going to fit in very well with our style and system that we play here at Rice. What we love most about Darcy is she is tough as nails. She is scrappy and feisty, and defends hard. For Rice I can see her immediately providing us an offensive presence as she gets involved in our attack. She is very comfortable with the ball at her feet, and will add even more depth to our outside positions."
Darcy Mickalow said: "Rice University was my top choice because of their excellent academic standards and successful soccer team. The Owls' formation allows for outside defenders to attack, which is the way I love to play. After seeing the gorgeous campus, the surrounding area and meeting the coaches Nicky and Allison I knew Rice University was the right choice for me.