|24 Jenny Fichera
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.
Rice Head Coach Nicky Adams said -- "Jenny is very comfortable with the ball at her feet which makes her so dangerous getting forward out of the back. Her services in the box create problems for opponents. Jenny is a quick thinker and combines so well out of the back to jump start the attack. She is a solid defender and I think she is going to surprise a lot of people and make a major impact on our program."
Michigan Hawks coach Doug Landefeld said -- "Jenny Fichera was the best attacking back that I have coached with the Hawks. Her ability to get forward and create goal-scoring opportunities has been a big reason for the 95 Hawks' national success."
Jenny Fichera said -- "I chose Rice University for the great prestigious schooling, the high-achieving students, the accommodating coaches and the inspiring athletes I would get to spend each and every day with. It suited my ambitions in each important aspect of life."