|3 Lauren LaGro
A strong, fit and athletic defender who has a commanding presence in the air and on the ground... Organizer and leader in the back... Fierce competitor who has made an impact on the program... Selected to serve as a team captain in 2012.
2011: All-Conference USA (second team); C-USA All-Academic Team; Rice Soccer Defensive MVP; National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-Region Team; C-USA Soccer All-Academic Team; C-USA Academic Medalist; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Scholar Athlete; Started all 21 games and led the team with 1,969 minutes played, the most by an Owl (and the most by a Rice defender) since 2007... Rarely came off the field, playing 98.0 percent of the team's total time... Played 90 or more minutes 19 times, including all 110 minutes three times... One of the anchors on an Owl backline that held opponents to just 11.4 shots per game, the best mark by the program in four years... Registered the assist on Jessica Howard's game-winning goal against Sam Houston State, and then scored her first goal of the season in the same match against the Bearkats... Added second goal of the season against C-USA foe UAB, scoring from long-range on a direct free kick after a foul... Finished with 17 shots, including 10 on-goal for a .588 shots-on-goal percentage... The .588 percentage was the best on the team for Owls with at least the same number of attempts.
2010: CoSIDA Academic All-District VI (first team); C-USA Academic Medalist; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; C-USA All-Academic Team; Earned the Owls' Defensive MVP award in first full season with the team after sitting out almost all of 2009 with an injury... One of only five players to start all 20 games... Helped a young and new Owl backline hold opposing teams to just 12.6 shots per game... Finished third on the squad with 1,838 minutes and playing 97.4 percent of the team's total time... Played 90-or-more minutes 16 times, including all 110 minutes four times... Shortest amount of playing time all year was 65 minutes after the Owls built a comfortable 3-0 lead on Stephen F. Austin... Scored first career goal on the seventh shot of her collegiate career, converting on a penalty kick against conference foe Tulsa... Came back two days later and scored the game-winning goal in overtime against C-USA foe SMU with a long-range free kick, just the eighth shot of her career... Finished the year with 19 shots, including 11 on-goal for a .579 shots-on-goal percentage that was tops on the team... Recorded an assist on Kate Edwards' late goal against East Carolina.
2009: C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist; C-USA Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Honor Athlete; Overcame a nagging injury at the start of the season to play in three games late in the year... Helped the defense post three shutouts while playing on the backline against Colorado College, UTEP and Southern Miss... Played a season-long 53 minutes in Division I debut against Southern Miss... Averaged more than 33 minutes per game... Credited with two shots against the Golden Eagles.
Starting center-back for the Dallas Texans, the 2008 U-17 national champions under head coach Ryan Higginbotham... Helped lead the Texans to a second place national finish the year before, as well as the Region III championship and 2007 State Cup... Won State Cup with the Sting in 2004.
A 2009 graduate of West High School in Plano... Named the MVP of the UIL state tournament on the way to leading the Wolves to the 5A state championship and 26-2-0 record... Prep teammate of former Rice Owl Victoria Rellas... Coached at Plano West by Jennifer Grubb... Earned all-state and multiple all-district honors... An outstanding student... Three-time member of the school's academic Honor Roll... Won the Academic Excellence Award in 2005... Earned the Certificate of Excellence in Biology in 2006.
Full Name: Lauren Michelle LaGro. Born: March 9, 1991 in San Francisco, Calif.... Parents: Joe and Kadette LaGro of Dallas. Father was a varsity letterman in soccer at DePauw (1973-1974)... Grandfather, Darrel Meisenheimer, was a defensive back in the National Football League and a college standout at Oklahoma State. College: Duncan