Nov. 10, 2011
HOUSTON - The Rice Owls posted one of the Top 25 team grade point average for all Division I soccer programs according to the National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSCAA).
The NSCAA identified Division I women's teams that registered a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or higher and ranked a national academic Top 25. Rice's 3.50 cumulative team grade point average is the 21st highest in the nation this season. The Owls have the second-highest GPA for women's soccer in the state of Texas, and were one of three Conference USA programs in the academic Top 25.
The Owl players who earned individual distinction this season for their success in the classroom include the junior tandem of defender Lauren LaGro and midfielder Julia Barrow. Both were named to the C-USA All-Academic team for balancing Rice's accelerated curriculum and the demands of playing at the Division I level. Barrow maintained a 3.82 GPA as an English major while LaGro posted a 3.85 GPA in Kinesiology.
Under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams, Rice went 10-7-4 to record the program's most wins in a single season in three years. The Owls reached the semifinals of the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2007, only to be edged in a PK shootout. The young squad was paced by just four seniors on the roster. Five of the Owls' regular starting 11 were either freshmen or sophomores.