May 2, 2014 - Some of the best college players in the nation will descend upon Boston later this month, beginning the 2014 Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season as members of Boston Breakers College Academy.
Led by Head Coach Stephanie Schafer and Assistant Coach Andy Coppola, Boston Breakers College Academy will play a 10-game regular season, facing the likes of the New England Mutiny, Boston Aztec, Seacoast Mariners, Seacoast Phantoms, and the Boston Breakers Reserves. All home games will be played at North Andover High School, and admission is free. Boston Breakers College Academy opens its 2014 WPSL season Sunday, May 18, against the Boston Breakers Reserves at 3 p.m. ET, just a few hours prior to the Boston Breakers vs. Chicago Red Stars National Women's Soccer League match.
This year's roster features a number of players who've trained with and played for the U.S. U-20 Women's National Team, including Hanson, Mass. native Samantha Mewis (UCLA), who won the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Japan with the U.S. This year's team also features a number of players who suited up for Boston Breakers College Academy last summer, including leading scorer Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College), keeper Alexandra Johnson (Boston College), midfielders Kylie Strom (Boston University) and Meg Cascells-Hamby (Harvard), and forward Stephanie Ribeiro (UConn). Last year's team finished with a 6-3-2 record, falling in the conference playoff finals.
BOSTON BREAKERS COLLEGE ACADEMY 2014 ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Paige Burnett (Northeastern), Cheta Emba (Harvard), Alexandra Johnson (Boston College)
DEFENDERS: Shayna Blackwood (Northeastern), Rachel Bloznalis (Boston University), Bianca Calderone (Northeastern), Rachel Gillies (Saint Anselm College), Nicki Johnson (William Smith), Maclaine Lehan (Rivers School/Brown University), Chelsey Martino (St. John's), Kai Miller (Boston University), Abby O'Brien (Providence), Casey Morrison (Boston College)
MIDFIELDERS: Christina Callahan (Newton North High School/College of The Holy Cross), Meg Casscells-Hamby (Harvard), Kathryn Hiller (Providence), Hannah Matlack (Dickinson College), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Paige Radomski (Providence), Amy Steele (Northeastern), Taylor Tharp (Northeastern), Kylie Strom (Boston University), Haley Washburn (Harvard), Natalie Krygier (UConn)
FORWARDS: Jennifer Coppola (UMass Amherst), Krista Ledin (UMass Boston), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College), Marisa Parent (Framingham State), Midge Purce (Harvard), Stephanie Ribeiro (UConn)