How did the Breakers fare in past NWSL drafts

(Jan. 10, 2017) - The 2017 NWSL Draft will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, at the annual NSCAA Convention. This year, the draft takes place in Los Angeles, and the Breakers hold the Nos. 1, 3, 8, 9, 11, 31, and 38 picks.

Here’s a quick look back at all the Breakers drafts in the National Women’s Soccer League.

2016

The 2016 NWSL College Draft was held at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore. The Breakers made some moves to get up to No. 3 in the draft. With that selection, they took Florida defender Christen Westphal. The outside back started seven of the 13 games she appeared in and scored one goal.

In the second round, at No 17 overall, the Breakers drafted University of Virginia forward Brittany Ratcliffe. In her rookie season in Boston, Ratcliffe appeared in 15 games (five starts). With their third and final pick of the draft, the Breakers chose Texas keeper Abby Smith. Smith made seven saves in two appearances before suffering a season-ending injury.

2015

The 2015 NWSL College Draft took place on Jan. 16, 2015, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia for the second straight year.

The Breakers had the Nos. 9 and 11 picks to start the draft, however, they traded them to the Chicago Red Stars for Chicago’s first-round pick (No. 5 overall) and that was Boston College forward Stephanie McCaffrey. McCaffrey scored three goals during her rookie season, and during the 2016 season was traded to the Chicago Red Stars.

With their second pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft, the Breakers selected Jamia Fields. Fields went on to play for the Western New York Flash and now plays for the Orlando Pride.

In the third round, the Breakers drafted James Madison defender Sam Lofton, who later played for the Boston Breakers Reserves before heading overseas to play in Sweden, and Texas A&M forward Bianca Brinson, who was not signed by the Breakers, and later landed in Houston.

In the fourth round, the Breakers selected Stephanie Verdoia, a forward out of Seattle University. Verdoia made eight appearances with one start for the Breakers in 2015. Also in the fourth round, the Breakers drafted Northeastern defender Bianca Calderone, who played for the Breakers Reserves in 2015.

2014

The 2014 NWSL College Draft took place on Jan. 17, 2014, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. The Breakers had the No. 8 pick and drafted Michigan forward and Canadian international Nkem Ezurike.

With their second selection in the 2014 NWSL Draft, the Breakers went with Duke defender Natasha Anasi at No. 13 overall. Anasi did not end up signing with the Breakers and later played professionally in Iceland.

In the third round, the Breakers came up big, drafting Virginia Tech forward Jazmine Reeves and Duke midfielder Mollie Pathman. Reeves scored seven goals, the second most on the team and was named the Boston Breakers Rookie of the Year.

In the fourth round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft, the Breakers selected goalkeeper Jami Kranich (Villanova) and midfielder Kim DeCesare (Duke).

2013

The 2013 NWSL College Draft took place on Jan. 18, 2013, at the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

The Breakers had the No. 5 pick and with that pick chose Florida State defender Casey Short. Unfortunately, Short’s career never got off the ground in Boston. On Feb. 28, 2013, just five weeks after the NWSL Draft, Short suffered a torn ACL while playing for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team against Norway at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. Short now plays for the Chicago Red Stars.

With their second selection in the 2013 NWSL Draft, the Breakers chose Stanford midfielder Mariah Nogueira. The 5-foot, 8-inch holding midfielder played 20 games (16) starts for the Breakers in 2013. She scored three goals and registered one assist. She was later traded to Seattle Reign FC.

In the third round, No. 21 overall, the Breakers selected Florida midfielder/defender Jo Dragotta. Dragotta started six of the 10 games she appeared in for the Breakers.

With their final pick in the 2013 NWSL Draft, the Breakers selected Penn State midfielder Maddy Evans. Evans went on to have a tremendous career in Boston. She played for the Breakers from 2013 through the 2015 NWSL season. Evans now plays for the Orlando Pride.

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