Nov. 2, 2010
HOUSTON -- Rice sophomore Lauren LaGro was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Soccer First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), on Tuesday (Nov. 2).
LaGro has had a sensational season for the Owls on the soccer field and in the classroom. She has started all 19 games on defense and has rarely come out of a game this year, playing 1,728 of the team's 1,777 total minutes (97.2 percent). LaGro overcame an injury that sidelined her for all but three games season to be one of the stalwarts of a young Owls' defense. The Dallas native has helped Rice hold opponents to just 12.6 shots per game, but she's also come forward to provide an attacking presence on offense. LaGro has scored two goals on 18 shots, including the game-winning goal in overtime against C-USA rival SMU. In the classroom LaGro has maintained a 4.00 grade point average as a Kinesiology (sports medicine) major in Rice's accelerated curriculum.
To be eligible for Academic All-District honors student-athletes must hold at least a 3.3 grade point average and be a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. District VI is comprised of schools in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. As a First Team Academic All-District honoree, LaGro is now eligible to earn NCAA Academic All-America honors in women's soccer later this year.
The Rice soccer team, 8-8-3 in the regular season and 5-3-3 in Conference USA, meets longtime state rival SMU in the first round of the league tournament Wednesday (Nov. 3) at 6:30 pm Central Time (7:30 pm Eastern). The winner of Wednesday's opening round between the No. 5 seeded Owls and fourth-seeded Mustangs then advances to meet C-USA regular season champion and No. 1 seed UCF on the Knights' home field on Friday night at 6:30 pm (Central). The tournament concludes with a championship final on Nov. 7 at 1 pm that will be televised by CBS College Sports. The conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is at stake in the six-team, single-elimination event.
A full listing of the CoSIDA Academic honorees from every NCAA district is available as a pdf at the above link.