Nov. 3, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Rice's Lauren LaGro and Julia Barrow were both selected to the 2011 Conference USA Women's Soccer All-Academic First Team, the league office announced Wednesday (Nov. 3) in Memphis, Tenn.
On Wednesday (Nov. 2) Barrow and LaGro helped lead Rice to a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over longtime rival SMU in double-overtime at the Conference USA postseason tournament. On Thursday the Owl duo was recognized for their respective academic achievements in Rice's accelerated curriculum.
LaGro is a starting defender who has been a fixture on the backline, including all 20 games this season and the last 40 Rice games in a row going back to her sophomore year. The junior from Dallas rarely comes off the field, leading the team with 1,859 minutes played - a full 97.8 percent of the Owls' total game-time. LaGro has worked 90 or more defensive minutes 18 times, and helped the Rice defenders hold opposing teams to just 11.4 shots per game this season. Though primarily a defender, she also showed her versatility this season by scoring two goals and recording a pair of assists. Earlier this week the C-USA head coaches selected her as a second-team all-conference honoree. She was named to the first team all-academic squad after maintaining a 3.85 grade point average in Kinesiology. LaGro also earned C-USA academic honors as a sophomore last season.
The Owls owe a great deal of their current seed in the C-USA Tournament to Julia Barrow
. The junior from Hermosa Beach, Calif., battled back from an in-season injury to not only play, but score a goal, against crosstown rival Houston for a critical 1-1 tie on the final day of the regular season. Barrow has started 17 of the team's 20 matches and registered a total of 1,435 minutes in the midfield. In addition to help control the game's tempo, she has recorded an assist and taken 22 shot attempts. In the classroom Barrow has maintained a .382 grade point average as an English major.
Under the direction of head coach Nick Adams, the Rice Owls (10-7-3) next meet UTEP in the C-USA Tournament's semifinal round on Friday (Nov. 4) at 5 pm. The tournament concludes with a championship final on Nov. 6 at 1 pm. That game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. The conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is at stake in the eight-team, single-elimination event.