Breaking down the draft: 2015

(Jan. 13, 2016) - As the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft nears, we take a look back at past Boston Breakers drafts. Today, rewind the clock one year, back to the 2015 NWSL College Draft. This is the final in a series recapping every draft from 2009 through 2015 leading up to the 2016 NWSL Draft on Jan. 15, 2016, which will be held at the annual NSCAA Convention, taking place this year in Baltimore.

The 2015 NWSL College Draft took place on Jan. 16, 2015, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia for the second straight year. The Houston Dash had the No. 1 overall pick and selected Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian.

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 had a phenomenal rookie season, scoring on her debut, a 4-1 loss on the road to Portland. Voted Team Rookie of the Year, McCaffrey made 19 appearances, including 17 starts, played 1,418 minutes, led the team with three assists and tied for second with three goals. McCaffrey went on to make her debut with the U.S. Women’s National Team and scored in her first appearance, a 3-1 win on Oct. 25, against Brazil.

Stephanie McCaffrey finished with three goals and three assists in 2015 (Photos by Mike Gridley)

With their second selection in the 2015 NWSL Draft, the Breakers selected Jamia Fields, fresh off scoring the game-winning goal in the national championship for Florida State. Fields went on to play for the Western New York Flash.

In the third round, the Breakers drafted James Madison defender Samantha Lofton, who later played for the Boston Breakers Reserves, and Texas A&M forward Bianca Brinson, who was not signed by the Breakers.

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 went local, drafting Northeastern defender Bianca Calderone, who played for the Breakers Reserves in 2015.

Stephanie Verdoia in action agaisnt the Houston Dash

2015 NWSL College Draft

Round 1

Stephanie McCaffrey (drafted No. 5 by the Chicago Red Stars; acquired by the Breakers for Boston’s No. 9 and 11 picks)

Round 2

No. 14 Jamia Fields Forward Florida State

Round 3

No. 20 Samantha Lofton Defender James Madison

No. 24 Bianca Brinson Forward Texas A&M

Round 4

No. 29 Stephanie Verdoia Forward Seattle

No. 33 Bianca Calderone Defender Northeastern

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