April 11, 2011
After a dominating and inspirational season, sophomore defender Amy Beger was named the 2010 Rice Soccer Player of the Year at the team's annual spring awards banquet, announced the Owls' head coach Nicky Adams.
Beger led a host of Owl honorees for the team's 2010 season, including awards that are presented by the Rice soccer program, Conference USA, and the Academic Advising Office
This season Beger was the anchor of a young Rice backline where all four defenders (including two who were true freshmen) had never played together before. She started all 20 games for the Owls and rarely came off the field, playing a team-high 1,881 out of a possible 1887 minutes (99.7 percent). A redshirt sophomore from St. Charles, Mo., Beger was often assigned to shadow the opponent's top scoring threat. She helped the Owls' young defense hold C-USA foes to 13.1 shots per game and her tenacity frustrated opponents. She also showed some versatility for the Blue & Gray by coming forward and adding an attacking presence with 31 shots. Perhaps her biggest contribution to the program, however, was the example she set for her teammates. After sitting out all of 2009 with a knee injury, Beger worked hard to come back and earn All-Conference USA and All-Central Region honors.
Rice team awards (full listing below) were determined by a player vote, but there was also special recognition for team's outgoing team captains, seniors Meghan Erkel and Kate Edwards. The team's 2011 team captains were announced with senior Hope Ward and junior Julia Barrow accepting that honor and responsibility.
"This was a very special night for our Rice Soccer players," said coach Nicky Adams. "Now that the spring season is complete we have finally got the chance to recognize the accomplishments and accolades of our players and celebrate the success of our 2010-2011 season."
2010 Rice Team Awards (determined by player voted)
Warrior Award (given to the hardest-worker on the team, who gives 100% in practice, games): Hope Ward
Who's Hoo Award (player who sparks the team coming off the bench): Elizabeth Nesbit
Iron Owl (best in the weight room): Catherine Fitzsimmons
Most Improved Iron Owl: Alex Burton
Most Improved: Rachel Petmecky
Rookie of the Year: Hayley Williams
Midfield MVP: Julia Barrow
Offensive MVP: Hope Ward
Defensive MVP: Lauren LaGro
Player of the Year: Amy Beger
National Soccer Coaches Association of America
All Central Region Team: Amy Beger
2011 Rice Honor Athletes
This is an award given by the Rice "R" Association to juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher:
2011 Scholar Athletes
This is one of the highest academic honors also given by the R Association to the Junior or Senior student-athlete from each team with the highest GPA. This year we had two key contributors with extremely high GPA's, so we couldn't pick just one. This year's Scholar-Athletes are:
Catherine Fitzsimmons majoring in Sociology (3.84)
Elizabeth Nesbit majoring in Global Health (3.94)
C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal
The Commissioner's Academic Medal is awarded to student-athletes in the Conference who have 3.75 cumulative GPA or higher.
C-USA All-Academic Team
Student-athletes who are a starter or key reserve, at least a sophomore standing with at least a 3.2 GPA are nominated. The Conference USA All-Academic Team is voted on by each school's Sports Information Director.
Catherine Fitzsimmons, 2nd Team
Lauren LaGro, 2nd Team
Elizabeth Nesbit, 2nd Team
ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VI
To be eligible for Academic All-District honors student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve, hold at least a 3.3 GPA and be a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. This year, Lauren LaGro earned 1st Team honors. By being named to the first team, Lauren was placed on a national ballot for Academic All-American.
2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of American/Adidas Team Academic Award (Awarded to Division I soccer teams with a 3.0 team GPA or higher.)
2009-2010 C-USA Sports Academic Award (Given to the soccer team in Conference USA with the highest GPA).