Feb. 5, 2014
HOUSTON -- Rice University head soccer coach Nicky Adams announced the signing of nine new Owls to join the program on Wednesday (Feb. 5), the first national day to sign with the sport.
Adams' fourth recruiting class boasts some of the top student-athletes from across the nation who join Rice from some of the country's elite club programs. The class includes defenders Mary Claire Danilevics (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ashley Peterman (North Tustin, Calif.), Mallory Radtke (Leawood, Kan.) and Aliza Wolfe (Bethesda, Md.), midfielders Samantha Chaiken (Dallas) and Alex Lowes (Grand Blanc, Mich.), forwards Jessica Johnston (Austin) and Nia Stallings (San Antonio), and goalkeeper Miranda Proctor (Sarasota, Fla.).
Five of the nine signees were recognized by TopDrawerSoccer.com as being among the nation's most high-impact players for their club teams. A large class of talented players are certain to play a major role in the upcoming 2014 season. Coach Adams stated the group is also in-line with Rice's challenging curriculum.
"Our staff worked really hard, and went all across the nation to find the best talent that could represent Rice University," coach Adams said. "These nine girls are not only unbelievable athletes and great soccer players, but they are outstanding students. Their dedication to their academics and their athletics is important to them. They embody what Rice University is looking for in its student-athletes."
Under the direction of coach Adams the Rice soccer program won seven matches last season and qualified for the C-USA Tournament.
2014 Rice Soccer Signing Class (to enroll in the Fall. Click on each name for a full bio of the signee.)
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Class||Hometown (Previous School / Club)||Samantha Chaiken||MF||5-8||Sr.-HS||Dallas, Texas (Ursuline Academy / Dallas Texans SC)||Mary Claire Danilevics||D||5-11||Sr.-HS||Scottsdale, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS / SC Del Sol)||Jessica Johnston||F||5-9||Sr.-HS||Austin, Texas (St. Stephen's Episcopal / Lonestar SC)||Alex Lowes||MF||5-3||Sr.-HS||Grand Blanc, Mich. (Grand Blanc HS / Michigan Hawks)||Ashley Peterman||D||5-8||Sr.-HS||North Tustin, Calif. (Foothill HS / Strikers FC)||Miranda Proctor||GK||5-8||Sr.-HS||Sarasota, Fla. (IMG Academy / IMG Academy)||Mallory Radtke||D||5-9||Sr.-HS||Leawood, Kan. (St. Teresa's Academy / Sporting Blue Valley)||Nia Stallings||F||5-4||Sr.-HS||San Antonio, Texas (Johnson HS / Lonestar SC)||Aliza Wolfe||D||5-0||Sr.-HS||Bethesda, Md. (Walt Whitman HS / Bethesda SC)|