A host of Owls were honored at the Rice soccer program's recent spring Sports Awards Banquet.
The awards program (hosted by Damian's Restaurant in midtown)taken a while to complete, but that's to be expected when a teamthe kind of championship year and accoladesthe Owls enjoyed last season!
The host of Owl honorees garnered awards for the 2014 season from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Conference USA, the Rice Academic Advising Office, for being the respecive statistical leaders, and the program's own distinctive list of annual individual awards. Senior Amy Czyz was named the Owls' 2014 Player of the Year after setting new school career records for minutes, saves and shutouts. The standout from Danville, Calif.,also closed out her collegiate career making 80career startsto tie for the school record.
Czyzand her Owl teammates were all greeted by fans, family and Rice staff members. Rice head coach Nicky Adams, the 2014 C-USA Head Coach of the Year, said the event was an appropriate salute to the fantastic heightsthe program achieved.
"This was a very special evening for everyone involved in the Rice soccer program," coach Adams said. "This banquet allowed us to look back on what a fabulous year the program had and gave us the opportunity to celebrate all of the accomplishments and success of our players both athletically and academically. It was also a time for us a to honor our seniors that have put so much into the program."
Under the direction of head coach Adams the Rice soccer program tied the school record with 14 wins, including the C-USA Championship match to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Maybe the warmestpoint of theawards program was when the Owl team captainsinterrupted the regularly scheduled presenations to inserttheir own special recognition for coach Adams for being named C-USA Coach of the Year.
The Rice team awards (full listing below) were determined by a programvote. Coach Adams also hadspecial recognition for team's outgoing seniors that made up her first recruiting class as the head coach.
2014Rice Soccer Team Awards
Player of the Year - Amy Czyz
Offensive MVP - Lauren Hughes
Defensive MVP - Ashton Geisendorff
Midfielder of the Year - Quinny Truong
Rookie of the Year - Samantha Chaiken
Most Improved - Danielle Spriggs
Warrior Award (the Owl who plays with the most heart and desire in both practices and games) - Ashton Geisendorff
Who's Hoo (the player who sparks the team or make the most immediate impact when entering the game off the bench) - Nia Stallings
Iron Owl (presented by the Rice Strength & Conditioning staff to the team's top performer/best work ethic&attitude in the weight room) - Danielle Spriggs