ACC Women’s Soccer: Five Selected in the NWSL

Two-time Hermann Trophy winner Virginia’s Morgan Brian was the No. 1 overall pick

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Five Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were selected in the first or second round of the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft held Friday in Philadelphia.

The ACC saw three players selected in the first round, including Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, who was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Dash. Brian, who last week became just the fourth woman to repeat as the recipient of the MAC Hermann Trophy, was a three-time NSCAA First-Team All-American at Virginia. A four-time first-team All-ACC selection, Brian finished her career in Charlottesville with 41 career goals and 43 career assists to rank second in school history with 125 career points. Brian has made 19 appearances for the United States Women’s National Team, scoring three goals, and was the only collegiate player on the team during last year’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament.  

Boston College’s Stephanie McCaffrey went fifth to Chicago before being traded to Boston. McCaffrey was a key member of the Eagles attack for four seasons. An All-ACC first-team selection as a junior and senior, McCaffrey was the team's second leading scorer with six goals and a team-high seven assists for 19 points in her final season with the Eagles. 

Chicago also selected Virginia midfielder Danielle Colarprico with the ninth overall pick to round out the ACC’s first-round selections. Colaprico, a 2014 NSCAA Second-Team All-American, leaves Virginia as the school’s career leader in assists (44) and games played (100). She posted a school-record 19 assists and a career-high six goals this season as she was named ACC Midfielder of the Year. Also a standout in the classroom, she was named a First-Team NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2014.

Two ACC student-athletes were selected in the second round as Florida State defender Kristin Grubka was selected by Sky Blue FC with the 10th overall pick and Seminole teammate Jamia Fields was the 14th pick by Boston.

ACC in the 2015 NWSL College Draft

Round Pick Team Player
1 1 Houston Morgan Brian, M, Virginia
1 5 Chicago Stephanie McCaffrey, F, Boston College
1 9 Chicago Danielle Colaprico, M, Virginia
2 1 (10) Sky Blue Kristin Grubka, D, Florida State
2 5 (14) Boston Jamia Fields, M/F, Florida State