Owls Complete Regular Season With 11-3-3 Record, 22 Points In C-USA Standings
2014: NSCAA All-Central Region (second team); All-Conference USA (first team); C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Followed a solid freshman campaign with an even better sophomore year… Extended her streak of consecutive starts to 39 in a row, every game of her collegiate career… One of the leaders on a Rice defense that posted 11 complete game shutouts and held opponents to just 12.5 shots per game… Finished third on the team in total playing time… Rarely came off the field, recording 90 or more minutes in 18 of the Owls' 21 matches… Also provided a distinct attacking presence out of the back to register four goals and five assists… Scored goals against North Texas, Vanderbilt, Air Force and Southern Miss (on a confident penalty kick)… Registered assists in three-consecutive games during one stretch…Took a total of 18 shots… Maintained a .667 shots-on-goal percentage.
2013: Conference USA All-Freshman Team; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Won the program's Rookie of the Year award; Dynamic debut season of Division I soccer included not only starting all 18 games on the backline, but leading the team with 1,664 minutes played... Registered the most minutes played by an Owl freshman since 2011 (two members of the current senior class, Amy Czyz and Quinny Truong)... Her defensive responsibility intensified when the Owl backline was beset by injuries, including Hayley Williams and Kelsey Rightmer... Became so important to the defense that she rarely came off the field, playing in 98.8 percent of the team's total time... Played 90 or more minutes 15 times... Lowest amount of playing time (83 minutes) was with the Owls holding a comfortable 3-0 lead over C-USA foe Southern Miss... Contributed to the offensive transition with four assists, including the assist on Holly Hargreaves' game-winning goal at UTEP... Also assisted on goals against Vanderbilt, North Texas and Old Dominion... Finished the season with three shots, including two on-goal.
Club -- Veteran player for the Michigan Hawks, the 2012 ECNL national runner-up... Helped lead club to the 2011 Region II U16 Championship and a third place finish at the USYSA U-16 Nationals... Back-to-back Michigan State Cup champions in 2010 and 2011... Won the Midwest Regional League Premier Division title in 2009.
High School -- Three-time all-conference honoree in her first three seasons as a varsity player... Helped lead the Pioneers to consecutive district championships in 2010 and 2011.
Personal -- Full name: Jennifer Lea Fichera. Parents: Chris and Jodi Fichera of Ann Arbor, Mich. (two brothers and one sister). Chose to attend Rice over Penn State, Michigan State, Miami-Fla. and Miami of Ohio.