The Boston Breakers not only have a competitive first team this season, but they have established a strong college academy team that will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
Boston Breakers College Academy, led by Head Coach Mitch Doherty and Assistant Coach Andrew Coppola, begin their inaugural season in late May and feature some of the top college talent from the region.
“I am very excited to have an opportunity to work with such a talented group of athletes. The aim of the program is to continue the development of these players throughout the summer and to provide a professional, structured, and challenging environment for them to work in,” Doherty said. “The league itself will offer a high standard of competition, and our role is to make sure the players are all prepared and ready for the season ahead with an emphasis on development. The Boston Breakers organization and full-time staff have made a fantastic commitment to enable this program and everyone involved is looking forward to the inaugural season.”
Boston Breakers College Academy opens its season on Wednesday, May 29 vs. the New England Mutiny at 7:30 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.
“The College Academy program is a natural fit for our organization. We are always looking for young talent, and if we can create a program where top college players can be in front of our coaching staff, it is beneficial to us,” Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. “The program will also allow college players to practice and compete in a high-level environment during their summer offseasons. The team is an extension of our brand, and the roster has a lot of quality to it from a lot of top collegiate programs. It will be exciting to watch the next generation of soccer stars perform in a Breakers jersey.”
This year’s team features more than two dozen players, including Boston College forward Stephanie McCaffrey, Boston College midfielder Patrice Vettori, and Boston University midfielders Kylie Strom and Megan McGoldrick.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the new Breakers College Academy team,” McCaffrey said. “I am lucky to have such a competitive option so close to home and to have the chance to play in the WPSL. It’s going to be a great summer, and I couldn’t be more excited to start the season.”
Boston Breakers College Academy will play a 10-game season, and all home games will be at Dilboy Stadium. The remaining schedule is as follows: Monday, June 3 at Aztecs (7 p.m. at Endicott College), Saturday, June 8 at Seacoast Phantoms (time and location to be determined), Wednesday, June 12 vs. Seacoast Mariners (7:30 p.m. at Dilboy), Saturday, June 15 at Seacoast Mariners (time and location to be determined), Wednesday, June 19 vs. CFC Passion (7:30 p.m. at Dilboy), Saturday, June 22 at New England Mutiny (7:05 p.m. at East Longmeadhow High School), Saturday, June 29 at CFC Passion (time and location to be determined), Monday, July 1 vs. NE Aztec (7 p.m. at Dilboy), and Saturday, July 6 vs. Seacoast Phantoms (3 p.m. at Dilboy).
2013 Boston Breakers College Academy roster
Paige Burnett GK Northeastern University
Emily Brown M George Washington
Scout Benson F Bryant University
Bianca Calderone D Northeastern University
Jen Coppola F/M University of Massachusetts
Danielle Cremmen F University of Massachusetts
Ryann Hanley D University of Chicago
Lindsey Hyde D Wingate University
Alex Johnson GK Boston College
Jen Larrick M/F University of Florida
Marie Margolius D Harvard University
Stephanie McCaffrey F Boston College
Megan McGoldrick M Boston University
Jessica Mickelson GK Boston College
Casey Morrison D Boston College
Emma Nichols GK Vasar College
Abigail O’Brien D Providence University
Hannah O’Donnell M Northeastern University
Molly Parizeau D Middlebury College
Paige Radomski M Assumption College
Becca Rees Hamilton College
Stephanie Ribeiro F University of Connecticut
Amy Steele M Northeastern University
Brooke Stoller M George Washington University
Kylie Strom M Boston University
Patrice Vettori M Boston College
Nicky Wilkins D The Rivers School