The Boston Breakers added to their rebuilding process, selecting five players and acquiring another in a trade at the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
Boston, who entered the draft with seven selections, acquired the rights to Stephanie McCaffrey from the Chicago Red Stars, in exchange for the No. 9 and No. 11 picks.
The Boston College product was one of the main targets for the Breakers along with Samantha Mewis sister of current Breakers allocated midfielder Kristie.
McCaffrey has spent the past two summers playing on the Breakers College Academy Team in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, scoring a combined 20 goals in two seasons. She will fill a void for the Breakers as Boston has been without a consistent scorer since Sydney Leroux’s departure.
“Yeah obviously our main two targets were Stephanie (McCaffrey) and Sam Mewis,” Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “In an ideal world if we had a better pick order we could [have] got both of them but we’re happy we grabbed one, we couldn’t negotiate a deal for both of them … but we’re very happy with Stephanie. We were lucky to have her with us last summer and she did extremely well so we knew Boston would be a good fit.”
The Breakers continued to bolster their offense in the second round selecting Florida State forward Jamia Fields 14th overall.
Fields scored 14 goals and added 30 assists during her four years at Florida State, including the game winner to give the Seminoles their first national championship. She also helped lead the Seminoles to four straight College Cup appearances, in her senior season she was named to the 2014 College Cup All-Tournament team.
“I’m interested to see what Jamia Fields does as a professional player,” Durkin said. “Her upside is really big. I think it’s going to be a big jump but one that’s she’s ready for and then the acquisitions that we had through trades and international players I think it’s going to be a really good young team.”
After allowing a league-worst 53 goals last season, the Breakers made their first defensive selection in the third-round drafting James Madison University defender Samantha Lofton 20th overall.
Of all their 2015 draft picks, Lofton could have the biggest impact on the club due to their struggles at the defensive end in front of Alyssa Naeher.
The Lock Haven, Pennsylvania native made a name for herself last season playing for the Washington Spirit Reserves in 2014.
With their second pick in the third round the Breakers selected Texas A&M forward Bianca Brinson 24th overall. Over four seasons at College Station, Brinson scored 16 goals and tallied 21 assists. She was named to the 2014 All-SEC First Team during her senior season. Brinson will be able to be a target up top for the Breakers.
To round out the draft, the Breakers selected Seattle University forward Stephanie Verdoia as the 29th overall pick and Northeastern University defender Bianca Calderone 33rd overall pick.
Verdoia scored 22 goals for the Redhawks during her senior season and recorded 51 over four years. Her 22 goals from this past fall ranked her in the top five in the nation. Verdoia was a two-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is the first player from Seattle University drafted into NWSL.
Calderone made 64 appearances in her collegiate career with Huskies. The Wellesley, Massachusetts native was an integral part of Northeastern’s run of two straight NCAA Tournament Appearances and was named 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Defender of the Year. She also has roots with the Breakers organization previously playing for the Breakers College Academy Team.