Fourteen From @ACCWSoccer Selected in the NWSL Draft

Fourteen From @ACCWSoccer Selected in the NWSL Draft

Friday January 17, 2014

 

North Carolina’s Crystal Dunn and Kealia Ohai go 1-2

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Fourteen Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were among the 36 chosen in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft held Friday in Philadelphia.

The ACC saw three players selected in the first round, including North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn and forward Kealia Ohai, who went 1-2.

Dunn was selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Washington Spirit, while Ohai went second overall to the Houston Dash. Dunn is a four-time NSCAA All-American, 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner.  A four-time All-ACC selection, Ohai was the Offensive MVP of the 2012 NCAA College Cup and in 2013, won the prestigious Senior CLASS Award.

Florida State’s Kassey Kallman went fifth to FC Kanas City to round out the ACC’s first round selections. A fixture in the Seminole back line since 2010 and the 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Kallman is a three-time All-ACC selection and earned NSCAA First Team All-America honors following the 2013 season.

Three ACC student-athletes were selected in the second round as Duke defender Natasha Anasi was selected by Boston with the 13th overall pick, North Carolina defender Megan Brigman was the 17th pick by Seattle and Florida State goalkeeper Kelsey Wys followed at No. 18 to Western New York.

The third round saw the ACC make up six of the nine selections. Notre Dame midfielder Mandy Laddish was chosen with the 20th pick by FC Kansas City.  Boston selected Virginia Tech forward Jazmine Reeves at No. 21, Maryland forward Hayley Brock went to Chicago with the 22nd pick, and Boston chose Duke defender Mollie Pathman with the 23rd pick to cap four straight selections from ACC schools.

A pair of Virginia players went at No. 26 and No. 27, as defender Molly Menchel was chosen by Washington with the 26th pick and midfielder/defender Annie Steinlage went to Washington with the 27th selection.

Virginia defender Shasta Fisher and Duke forward Kim DeCesare completed the ACC’s 14 draft selections as Fisher went to Washington with the 29th pick and DeCesare was selected with the 34th pick by Boston.

 

ACC in the 2014 NWSL College Draft
Round Pick Team Player
1 1 Washington Crystal Dunn, M, North Carolina
1 2 Houston Kealia Ohai, F, North Carolina
1 5 FC Kansas City Kassey Kallman, D, Florida State
2 13 Boston Natasha Anasi, D, Duke
2 17 Seattle Megan Brigman, D, North Carolina
2 18 Western NY Kelsey Wys, GK, Florida State
3 20 FC Kansas City Mandy Laddish, M, Notre Dame
3 21 Boston Jazmine Reeves, F, Virginia Tech
3 22 Chicago Hayley Brock, F, Maryland
3 23 Boston Mollie Pathman, D, Duke
3 26 Washington Molly Menchel, D, Virginia
3 27 Western NY Annie Steinlage, M/D, Virginia
4 29 Washington Shasta Fisher, D, Virginia
4 34 Boston Kim DeCesare, F, Duke