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Jan. 14, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were among the first 18 of the 24 total players selected in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft on Friday, including two first-round selections in Virginia midfielder Sinead Farrelly and North Carolina midfielder Meghan Klingenberg.
Farrelly, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, was taken by the Philadelphia Independence as the No. 2 overall pick. The Washington Freedom followed by selecting Klingeneberg as the No. 3 overall pick.
In addition, Wake Forest defender Cailtin Farrell went to Philadelphia as the 11th overall (third pick, round 2). Virginia forward Meghan Lencyzk went to the Atlanta Beat as the 14th selection (second pick, round 3). Florida State midfielder Amanda DaCosta went to the Washington Freedom in the third round as the No. 17 overall pick, and Philadelphia took Wake Forest midfielder Bianca D’Agostino at No. 18.
Farrelly started all 22 games for the Cavaliers in 2010 and led the team in scoring with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. The consensus All-American became the 10th player in conference history to be a four-time first-team All-ACC selection and was a semifinalist for the 2010 Hermann Trophy.
An NSCAA All-American, UNC’s Klingenberg played in all 24 games for the Tar Heels and was fourth on the team with 23 points. She had 11 assists to rank second on the team in that category while also adding six goals
Farrell, who played her final collegiate season in 2009, started every game of her junior and senior seasons for Wake Forest and ranks second in school history with 90 games played. She was a member of a Wake defense that notched a school record 15 shutouts during the 2009 season and was named to the 2009 NSCAA All-Southeast Region Team.
Virginia’s Lenczyk was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2010. She was second on the team in scoring last season with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points. She concluded her career ranked tied for third in school history in career goals (36), tied for sixth in both career points (85) and career game-winning goals (12). DaCosta, another All-American and the first four-time All-ACC selection in Florida State history, finished her career tied for first all time among FSU players in game-winning assists (10), third in career assists (24) and fourth all-time in games started (94).
D'Agostino played three years in the midfield for Wake Forest from 2008-10, appearing in 68 games and notching seven goals and 13 assists for a total of 27 points. She had a goal and an assist in the ACC Tournament to help lead the Deacons to their first-ever conference championship.
The 2011 WPS Draft was held on Friday in Baltimore as part of the NSCAA Convention. The WPS will kick off its third season on April 9.