Nov. 16, 2012
HOUSTON - The Rice soccer team won a share of the Conference USA regular season championship in 2012 and matched that with one of the top team grade point averages in the nation according to an Academic Honor list published by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The NSCAA identified women's soccer teams from all NCAA Divisions that registered a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2012 season. Rice's 3.36 team GPA is among the best for the nation's 323 Division I women's programs. The Owls have the second-highest GPA for women's soccer in the state of Texas and were one of the top four in Conference USA.
The Owl players who earned individual distinction this season for their success in the classroom include the senior team captain tandem of defender Lauren LaGro and midfielder Julia Barrow. Both were named to the NCAA District VII All-Academic team and 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 3.92 GPA as an English major while LaGro posted a 3.87 GPA in Kinesiology.
Under the direction of head coach Nicky Adams the Owls achieve on the field and in the classroom.
"I am proud of our girls for this academic accomplishment because it is one of the goals we set as a team prior to the soccer season," coach Adams said. "Every player on the roster is included to determine a team GPA, and they worked to meet their individual responsibility.
"(The Owls' coaching staff) challenges the team on the soccer field, and this University certainly challenges its students in the classroom," coach Adams added. "Rice is among the most demanding schools in the country. For our players to be able to juggle their course work with this year's Conference USA championship is a tremendous accomplishment. We'll continue to work for even greater success athletically and academically."
On the soccer field Rice posted 11 victories, its highest single season win total in five years. The young Owls squad won the C-USA regular season title with just five seniors on the roster. Six of the Owls' regular starting 11 were either freshmen or sophomores.
A full list of the NSCAA's Academic Team Honor Roll is available at the above link. The NCAA Division I schools that had at least a 3.36 team GPA are as follows:
American University, 3.44
Arkansas State University, 3.59
Austin Peay, 3.38
Ball State, 3.43
Bowling Green, 3.61
Central Michigan, 3.61
The Citadel, 3.51
Colorado College, 3.41
Duke University, 3.42
Eastern Washington, 3.50
George Washington, 3.39
High Point, 3.38
Illinois State, 3.55
Indiana State, 3.36
Jacksonville State, 3.57
Kent State, 3.55
La Salle, 3.54
Louisiana Tech, 3.57
Middle Tennesee, 3.46
Morehead State, 3.43
Mount St. Mary's, 3.43
New Mexico, 3.57
North Dakota State, 3.40
Northern Kentucky, 3.46
Ohio State, 3.36
Oregon State, 3.40
St. Bonaventure, 3.40
St. John's, 3.39
Saint Peter's, 3.40
Seton Hall, 3.43
South Alabama, 3.48
South Carolina, 3.47
South Carolina State, 3.63
South Florida, 3.47
Southeast Missouri, 3.55
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 3.47
Utah State, 3.42
Western Carolina, 3.39
Western Kentucky, 3.57
Western Michigan, 3.65
Youngstown State, 3.44
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