June 18, 2013
IRVING, Tex. - Recent Rice graduate Lauren LaGro, a standout on the Owls soccer team the last four years, has been awarded one of the twelve Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarships, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced on Tuesday (June 18).
The league's prestigious postgraduate scholarship is named for Dr. James Castañeda, who served Rice for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually presents twelve $4,000 postgraduate scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.
LaGro has amassed a host of awards for her play on the soccer field and her success in the classroom. The defender was a fixture in the Owls' starting lineup the last four years. In 2012 she earned second team all-conference honors after starting all 21 matches where she was often assigned to mark the opposing team's top scoring threat. Overall the Rice backline recorded eight complete game shutouts and held opponents to just 11.7 shots per game. LaGro served as a team captain and scored the game-winning goal in the final match of the year to clinch the school's first C-USA regular season co-championship. She earned all-academic honors after maintaining a 3.87 grade point average in Kinesiology. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selected the Dallas native as a South Region All-Scholar honoree.
Under head coach Nicky Adams, the Rice soccer team went 11-7-3 for the most wins the program has recorded in five years. Owl soccer players who have won the C-USA postgraduate scholarship include Elizabeth Nesbit (2011) and Sarah Yoder (2006). The full list of 2013 C-USA honorees is as follows:
2012-13 JIM CASTAÑEDA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
Hannah Lee, East Carolina, Women's Swimming
Ifeyinwa Stephanie Nwachukwa, Houston, Volleyball
Zachary Dylan Hunter, Marshall, Men's Soccer
Courtney Collins, Memphis, Women's Tennis
Lauren LaGro, Rice, Women's Soccer
Emily Carstens, SMU, Women's Rowing
Caitlin Leumas, Southern Miss, Women's Soccer
Candice St. Etienne, Tulane, Women's Track & Field
Cody Wilson, Tulsa, Football
Karl Moton, UAB, Men's Basketball
Kyle Cox, UCF, Men's Soccer
Carolina Camgro DeLuca, UTEP, Women's Tennis