Draft Results 2017

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2017) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) held the 2017 NWSL College Draft on Thursday with 40 players being selected over four rounds at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles. The Boston Breakers selected Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native and U-23 U.S. international joins current U.S. Women’s National Team players Crystal Dunn (2014), Morgan Brian (2015) and Emily Sonnett (2016) as well as UCLA product Zakiya Bywaters (2013) as the top pick in the NWSL College Draft.

Lavelle was the first of four selections made by the Breakers in the first round of the 2017 draft as Boston also picked up Morgan Andrews (USC) at No. 3, Ifeoma Onumonu (CAL) at No. 8 and finally Margaret Purce (Harvard) at No. 9.

The North Carolina Courage began the newest chapter in club history as the team relocates from Western New York ahead of the 2017 season – taking forward Ashley Hatch out of BYU with the No. 2 overall pick.

USC had three players (Andrews, Kayla Mills and Miranda Freeman) taken in the first round as the 2016 NCAA champions became the third school in NWSL history (along with UCLA and Florida State) to have a three of their players selected in the first round of a given draft.

Below are the complete 2017 NWSL College Draft Results:

— Round 1 –

No. 1 – Rose Lavelle – Wisconsin (Boston Breakers)
No. 2 – Ashley Hatch – BYU (North Carolina Courage)
No. 3 – Morgan Andrews – USC (Boston Breakers)
No. 4 – Kayla Mills – USC (Sky Blue FC)
No. 5 – Christina Gibbons – Duke (FC Kansas City)
No. 6 – Maddie Bauer – Stanford (Seattle Reign FC)
No. 7 – Darian Jenkins – UCLA (North Carolina Courage)
No. 8 – Ifeoma Onumonu – CAL (Boston Breakers)
No. 9 – Margaret Purce – Harvard (Boston Breakers)
No. 10 – Miranda Freeman – USC (Sky Blue FC)

— Round 2 —

No. 11 – Michele Vasconcelos – BYU (Chicago Red Stars)*
No. 12 – Morgan Proffitt – Marquette (Chicago Red Stars)
No. 13 – Toni Payne – Duke (FC Kansas City)
No. 14 – Rachel Hill – UCONN (Portland Thorns FC)
No. 15 – Jane Campbell – Stanford (Houston Dash)
No. 16 – Katie Johnson – USC (Seattle Reign FC)#
No. 17 – Stephanie Ribeiro – UCONN (FC Kansas City)
No. 18 – Savannah Jordan – Florida (Portland Thorns FC)&
No. 19 – Lindsay Agnew – Ohio State (Washington Spirit)
No. 20 – Claire Wagner – Clemson (North Carolina Courage)&

— Round 3 —

No. 21 – Tyler Lussi – Princeton (Portland Thorns FC)@
No. 22 – Danica Evans – Colorado (Orlando Pride)
No. 23 – Kailen Sheridan – Clemson (Sky Blue FC)
No. 24 – Madison Tiernan – Rutgers (Sky Blue FC)
No. 25 – Alexis Shaffer – Virginia (FC Kansas City)
No. 26 – Arielle Ship – CAL (Seattle Reign FC)
No. 27 – Jaycie Johnson – Nebraska (North Carolina Courage)&
No. 28 – Nichelle Prince – Ohio State (Houston Dash)**
No. 29 – Meggie Dougherty-Howard – Florida (Washington Spirit)
No. 30 – Catrina Atanda – Clemson (Sky Blue FC)

— Round 4 —

No. 31 – Sammy Jo Prudhomme – USC (Boston Breakers)
No. 32 – Nickolette Driesse – Penn State (Orlando Pride)
No. 33 – Erin Smith – Rutgers (Houston Dash)
No. 34 – McKenzie Meehan – Boston College (Sky Blue FC)
No. 35 – Rashida Beal – Minnesota (FC Kansas City)
No. 36 – Cameron Castleberry – North Carolina (Washington Spirit)
No. 37 – Kristen McNabb – Virginia (Seattle Reign FC)
No. 38 – Hayley Dowd – Boston College (Boston Breakers)
No. 39 – Lauren Kaskie – UCLA (Chicago Red Stars)
No. 40 – Caroline Flynn – Nebraska (Portland Thorns FC)

Draft Day trades:
* = Chicago Red Stars acquired the No. 11 overall selection from the Boston Breakers in exchange for the Red Stars’ Rd. 2 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft and a 2018 international roster spot.
# = Seattle Reign FC acquired the No. 16 overall selection from Chicago Red Stars in exchange for Seattle’s Rd. 1 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
& = Portland Thorns FC traded up to acquire the No. 18 overall selection from the North Carolina Courage, who picked up the No. 20 and No. 27 picks in exchange.
@ = Portland Thorns FC acquired the No. 21 overall selection from the Chicago Red Stars, sending their Rd. 2 and Rd. 3 picks in the 2018 NWSL Draft to the Red Stars.
** = Houston Dash acquired the No. 28 overall selection from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for a Rd. 2 pick in the 2018 Draft.