The Boston Breakers made another step toward building a championship caliber team by selecting six players in the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft Thursday, Feb. 7.
Three members of the 2012 Breakers squad return, including the club’s second leading scorer, forward Katie Schoepfer, midfielder Bianca D’Agostino, and forward Jessica Luscinski. The Breakers also added former Philadelphia Independence and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Joanna Lohman, former Chicago Red Stars and University of Oklahoma defender Lauren Alkek, and former University of Maryland forward Jasmyne Spencer, who most recentlty played for Denmark’s Elitedivisionen champions Brøndby.
The Breakers selected Joanna Lohman with their first pick of the NWSL Supplemental Draft, with the No. 3 pick overall. Lohman played collegiately at Penn State University, becoming the school’s first-ever four-time First Team All-Big Team selection. She has seven caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team and played professionally with the Washington Freedom and Philadelphia Independence of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), where she was one of the team’s leading scorers (five goals in 2010). The 30-year-old Silver Spring, Md., native went on to have successful stints in 2012 at RCD Espanyol in Spain’s SuperLiga and with DC United in the USL W-League.
In the second round (11th pick overall), the Breakers selected Katie Schoepfer, the team’s second leading scorer and fourth leading scorer in WPSL Elite with seven goals and six assists. This is Schoepfer’s third season with the Breakers. She debuted for Boston during the 2011 WPS season and finished the season with two goals and two assists in 13 games. The 24-year-old Waterford, Conn., native has national team experience with the U.S. U-23 and U-17 teams. Schoepfer, who was an All-American at Penn State University, made her professional soccer debut in 2010 with Sky Blue FC in WPS.
With their third round pick (19th overall) in the NWSL Supplemental Draft, the Breakers selected midfielder Bianca D’Agostino, who returns for her second season as a Breaker. The 24-year-old from Longmeadow, Mass., played in 13 games (12 starts) for the Breakers in 2012, finishing the season with one goal and 1,082 minutes played. D’Agostino made her professional debut in 2011 with the Atlanta Beat in WPS. She played in 10 games for the Beat and was initially drafted by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2011 WPS Draft. D’Agostino starred at Wake Forest University, scoring seven goals and adding 18 assists in three seasons. She played her freshman year of college at Penn State before transferring to Wake Forest. D’Agostino played with the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team in 2012 and won the Four Nations Tournament with the U23s in 2011. She also has experience on the U-14 and U-17 teams.
With their fourth round pick (27th overall), the Breakers selected forward Jasmyne Spencer, an All-ACC player at the University of Maryland. The 22-year-old Spencer, who calls Bay Shore, N.Y. home, played in 2012 for Danish champions Brøndby. Spencer played in two UEFA Champions League matches for Brøndby. Spencer was initially drafted by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2012 WPS Draft. She later played for the New York Fury in the 2012 WPSL Elite league.
Lauren Alkek (left)
In the fifth round, and the 35th overall pick, the Breakers selected former Chicago Red Stars defender Lauren Alkek. The former University of Oklahoma star played in 12 games for Chicago last year, scoring one goal and one assist. Alkek, who also played for the Bay Area Breeze in the WPSL, finished her college career in 2010. In four seasons with the Sooners, Alkek played in 71 games, and was named to the 2010 Big 12 All-Tournament Team. The Victoria, Texas, native was named to the U.S. U-23 National Select Team in 2007.
With their final pick in the NWSL Supplemental Draft (sixth round, 43rd overall), the Breakers selected forward Jessica Luscinski, who played 13 games with eight starts for the Breakers in 2012. The 22-year-old Bedford, N.H., native finished the season with one goal and one assist. Prior to coming to Boston, Luscinski was a two-time America East Striker of the Year at Boston University. She finished her college career with 29 goals and 24 assists.
2013 NWSL Supplemental Draft Selections
1. Stephanie Ochs (Washington Spirit)
2. Nikki Krzysik (Seattle Reign FC)
3. Joanna Lohman (Boston Breakers)
4. Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
5. Katy Frierson (Sky Blue FC)
6. Courtney Jones (FC Kansas City)
7. Estelle Johnson (Western New York Flash)
8. Tina Ellertson (Portland Thorns FC)
9. Tori Huster (Washington Spirit)
10. Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC)
11. Katie Schoepfer (Boston Breakers)
12. Lauren Fowlkes (Chicago Red Stars)
13. Brittany Cameron (Sky Blue FC)
14. Bianca Henninger (FC Kansas City)
15. Angela Salem (Western New York Flash)
16. Angie Kerr (Portland Thorns FC)
17. Jordan Angeli (Washington Spirit)
18. Laura Heyboer (Seattle Reign FC)
19. Bianca D’Agostino (Boston Breakers)
20. Michelle Wenino (Chicago Red Stars)
21. Coco Goodson (Sky Blue FC)
22. Merritt Mathias (FC Kansas City)
23. Kim Yokers (Western New York Flash)
24. Michele Weissenhofer (Portland Thorns FC)
25. Natasha Kai (Washington Spirit)
26. Liz Bogus (Seattle Reign FC)
27. Jasmyne Spencer (Boston Breakers)
28. Jackie Santacaterina (Chicago Red Stars)
29. Meghan Lenczyk (Sky Blue FC)
30. Casey Nogueira (FC Kansas City)
31. Val Henderson (Western New York Flash)
32. Marian Dalmy (Portland Thorns FC)
33. Megan Mischler (Washington Spirit)
34. Michelle Betos (Seattle Reign FC)
35. Lauren Alkek (Boston Breakers)
36. Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars)
37. Kandace Wilson (Sky Blue FC)
38. Christina DiMartino (FC Kansas City)
39. Ashley Grove (Western New York Flash)
40. Jessica Shufelt (Portland Thorns FC)
41. Heather Cooke (Washington Spirit)
42. Kaley Fountain (Seattle Reign FC)
43. Jessica Luscinski (Boston Breakers)
44. Pass - Chicago Red Stars
45. Allison Falk (Sky Blue FC)
46. Casey Berrier (FC Kansas City)
47. Pass - Western New York Flash
48. Pass - Portland Thorns FC
After the Supplemental Draft, clubs may claim up to four Discovery Players, securing the rights to sign those players heading into preseason training camps. Discovery Players may be either international or domestic. Players who were eligible for but not selected in the Supplemental Draft may be claimed as Discovery Players. The rights to Discovery Players will be allocated to a team on a "date of submission priority" basis. If two teams submit the same player, the team that submitted the player first will have the opportunity to sign that player.
Players who were not on the submitted lists of the NWSL clubs are not eligible for the Supplemental Draft, but may be claimed as Discovery Players following the draft. Teams will be allowed to carry 18-20 players on their regular season rosters.