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Ranking the Best Athletes Available in the 2012 WPS Draft

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Alright, here’s my provisional ranking of the graduating senior class for this year’s WPS Draft. Some things to note:

-This is not meant to be a mock draft, but how I would rate the players at the moment.

-Size matters (at some positions more than others) and so does injury history.

-This is a “perfect world” list. It takes into account everyone eligible for the WPS Draft declaring for it and includes players who’ve signed overseas contracts.

-There will likely be one final revision next week before the draft.

1. Bianca Henninger – GK – Santa Clara

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(Will Henninger be the first pick in the 2012 Draft? Maybe, maybe not, with both Atlanta and Sky Blue FC casting their eyes towards attacking options. Henninger could be a once in a generation talent in goal who may be the U.S.’ #1 for the next decade if she continues to develop. There are a lot of keepers who can stop shots, but Henninger’s leadership and command of her area sets her apart from her peers.)

2. Melissa Henderson – F – Notre Dame

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(The cries for Melissa Henderson to get a shot at the full USWNT level finally were heeded after the 2011 college season with the Irish forward being called into camp with the senior team. Henderson has the capability to dribble around entire defenses with stunning ease on her way to the goal and made opponents look silly for four years in South Bend. The whippett quick Texan has the size, speed, and clinical finishing skill to be a major force at the professional and international level. She’s probably the safest pick of the top three and is the very definition of a complete forward.)

3. Sydney Leroux – F – UCLA

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(Leroux is a big time boom or bust pick with an unparalleled ability to take over a game. The Canadian-American (or is it American-Canadian?) has enormous upside but doesn’t come without risk. The Bruin spearhead is notoriously inconsistent and has at times been effectively marked out of the match by middling defenders at the college level. But her physical talent and capability of dropping your jaw with a stunning piece of skill will undoubtedly coax some team to try and tame her mercurial ways. A player who really needs to fall into the right situation, Leroux could well develop into something special at this level with the right guidance and realistic expectations.)

4. Sarah Hagen – F – Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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(“Apple” might be a tick below the top three in this draft, but she has the potential to force her way into the U.S. National Team with her power and deft touch in front of goal. Quite possibly the greatest player in Horizon League history, Hagen finished her college career with ninety-three goals after a twenty-six goal season in 2011. Hagen has certainly not looked out of place with the US U-23 team in recent months, scoring in each of the team’s last six matches. The next Abby Wambach? If Hagen is to reach those heights, she’ll likely be doing it from Germany, having signed with Bayern Munich to play professionally.

Hagen could still be drafted by a WPS team and move stateside after the end of the Bundesliga season however.)

5. Ingrid Wells – M – Georgetown

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(Let’s get this out of the way first, Wells isn’t called “The Little General” for nothing. She’s well undersized and will probably have to be protected in the center of midfield by a bigger enforcer. But she’s also a dynamic, intelligent playmaker who managed to put a whopping two-thirds of her shots in Big East play on goal as a junior. Wells can both create and finish, making her a versatile asset for someone’s team. Best of all, there might be no better player in this class at making those around her better as she helped raise the Hoyas to new heights in her career. She would’ve likely been the first midfielder off the board after another fine season that culminated in a call-up to train with the full USWNT but instead signed a contract with Sweden’s Goteborg for the 2012 season.)

6. Camille Levin – D – Stanford

(Perhaps THE breakout star of the 2011 college season, Levin turned from an underrated utility player into one of the very best players in the nation after a sensational season as Stanford’s right-back. With experience playing as a wing forward and an attacking midfielder, Levin has no shortage of attacking instincts as she bombs up and down the wing. Levin also proved to be a fine change of pace in the center of midfield, with an ability to dribble through staunch defenses. But she’s probably best as a right-back, as she did ever so well in shutting down opposing attackers throughout the year. With it being a relatively weak class for full-backs, Levin should be a hot commodity and a potential first round pick.)

7. Teresa Noyola – M – Stanford

(The newly capped Mexican international is who she is. She’s not going to excel in fast, direct teams and is probably exclusively a playmaking center midfielder at the next level. But as she displayed this season, what she does do, she does very, very well. Noyola pulled the strings of Stanford’s passing attack with brilliant precision and even got involved in the goalscoring herself, most notably in the national title match against Duke, putting 2010′s nightmare against Notre Dame to bed. Could become a star in possession, ball-control oriented style teams.)

8. Jessica Schuveiller – D/M – Notre Dame

(Tenacious center-back for the Irish was a constant on the defense since stepping onto campus in 2008. Will be one of a big crop of talented central defenders to be vying for a spot in the early rounds in 2012. Was a rare bright spot in the Irish lineup in Notre Dame’s disappointing 2011 season. With offense flatlining, was called upon to play further up in the midfield and injected some much needed life into the Irish attack. Plenty of heart and will on display throughout college career and should provide much of the same to a WPS squad.)

9. Stephanie Ochs – F – San Diego

(Like a fine wine, Ochs is getting better with age after an eight goal, seven assist showing in 2010. She followed it up with a dazzling senior season, compiling eight goals and fourteen assists. Ochs carried the Toreros on her back down the stretch, chipping in on nearly every USD goal with an assist. Is beginning to assert herself as a consistent member of the U.S. U23 team. A real sleeper with the ability to become one of this class’ best players down the road.)

10. Melinda Mercado – D – Oklahoma State

(A massive defender who made a cameo appearance on the OSU basketball team in her freshman season. Her stock has been soaring since stepping on campus despite being a relatively unheralded prospect coming into college. She’s rounded into the best defender in the Big XII and dealing with the hulking forwards in the league should hold her in good stead against WPS’ physical attackers. Hardly set a foot wrong as a senior as Oklahoma State’s defense dominated foes once again. Center-back has nice upside at the next level.)

11. Lindsay Taylor – F – Stanford

(Taylor shined brightly as the lead gun in Stanford’s high powered offense this past season, helping her side on to the national title. After playing sidekick to first Kelley O’Hara and then Christen Press, Stanford’s offense hardly skipped a beat with Taylor leading the charge from up front. Possessing a laser-like shot and blistering pace, Taylor is equipped with many of the tools to succeed at the highest level. With murmurs about her inconsistency in big games seemingly put to bed after a strong senior season, Taylor should be a candidate for an early round selection in this season’s draft.)

12. CoCo Goodson – D – UC Irvine

(Scott Juniper’s capture of Texas transfer Goodson and the subsequent masterstroke of moving the hulking player into defense was a big part of Irvine’s success these past two seasons. Versatile enough to be a powerful defender on the backline or as a target forward up front, Goodson’s stock rose meteorically after two dominant seasons on the backline. Dominant in the air and can strike a ball with real venom. In a strong class for center-backs, she might well be the top prospect and should have no shortage of suitors both at home and abroad.)

13. Katy Frierson – M – Auburn

(Like Noyola and Wells, Frierson’s probably a bit undersized as far as build goes but not to the extent height-wise of the playmaking duo listed above. The Auburn midfielder probably isn’t going to be setting any stopwatches on fire, but her technical skill and intangibles make up for a lack of size or speed. Frierson has immaculate vision in creating chances for her forward and strikes a ball with real venom. Also a dead-ball specialist who excels on free-kicks and corner kick delivery. Blessed with a great footballing mind. Knocked back one of the last criticisms against her by delivering Auburn’s first major trophy in years with a triumph in the SEC Tournament.)

14. Jillian Mastroianni – GK – Boston College

(Mastroianni has the bad luck of being in the same goalkeeping class as Bianca Henninger, as she’d likely be a no-brainer as the first keeper taken in most other classes. The Boston College keeper can be a bit streaky with her form but is practically a brick wall when on top of her match [see: vs Stanford in regular season as a junior]. With only five teams in the league, Mastroianni’s value drops a bit, but she should be a solid backup this season and could come off the board in the middle of the draft.)

15. Tori Huster – M – Florida State

(Gritty midfielder did all the little things right for the Seminoles and should become a crowd favorite wherever she lands in the pros. With Jessica Price and Tiffany McCarty out as a junior, FSU needed someone to step up offensively, and Huster responded in kind with six goals and seven assists. With McCarty back in the lineup in 2011, Huster was able to focus more on doing the dirty work in midfield and was a big part of the Noles’ run all the way to the College Cup. Versatility and endless motor could make her a hot commodity in January.)

16. Laura Heyboer – F – Michigan State

(Eased concerns about her developmental curve having flattened out with a superb senior season in front of goal. Looked to be struggling to recover from double leg break with an average junior season but turned it on again this year. With health questions seemingly answered, biggest issue now may be lack of big match pedigree with Spartans. MSU seemingly underachieved consistently despite her goals, and it remains to be seen if she can deliver the goods in the crunch matches.)

17. Toni Pressley – D – Florida State

(Towering defender looked far and away the best defender of this class coming into the season, but new worries have emerged after an up and down season. At her best, she’s been an absolute rock at the back for FSU’s always tenacious D, but Pressley’s form was inconsistent this season. The big center-back is a very aggressive defender, sometimes to her detriment, and will often rely on brute strength instead of finesse to get the job done. Did not make a good final impression at the College Cup with a poor showing against Stanford. Also could be an effective Plan B option for a team up top at forward. Has nice upside but needs good coaching to truly reach her potential.)

18. Kate Deines – M/D – Washington

(Stock has gone through the roof after starring for the Huskies late in her college career while blossoming into one of the Pac-12′s top midfielders. After the top handful of midfielders or so, the quality takes a bit of a dive, and Deines could easily find herself creeping up into the middle rounds for a team needing help in the middle of the park. Deines’ versatility should also come in handy, as she’s experienced on the backline as well. She was a gritty leader for UW and is the type of player you just can’t cut come the end of training camp.)

19. Natalie Garcia – D – San Diego

(Mexican international center-back has enjoyed an ever rising profile in recent years as she’s come to prominence for both club and country. Displayed her talents in Germany this past summer as the fulcrum of surprise package Mexico’s rearguard. Came back stateside and continued to shine in WCC action, being named WCC Defensive Player of the Year en route to the Toreros winning their first ever league title. Not as big as some of the hulking behemoths at center-back in this draft class she’ll be competing with for a roster spot but still has the class and experience to feature on someone’s roster.)

20. Kerry McBride – D – Marquette

(Late bloomer went from reserve in 2008 and 2009 to Big East Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons. Another of this year’s tall players who have center-back aspirations at the next level. McBride is also capable on set pieces with her height and is a possible candidate for being converted into a crunching defensive midfielder. Answered one-hit wonder concerns with a strong follow-up season in 2011. Excelled as a sweeper with Marquette, which could be a problem seeing as how few professional teams use such archaic tactics.)

21. Danielle Foxhoven – F – Portland

(Foxhoven looked well on her way to becoming a contender for the first round after two seasons but then mysteriously tailed off towards the end of her collegiate career. The Pilot went goal crazy in 2009 with an eye-popping twenty-five goals and twelve assists but saw her offensive output tumble to eight goals in each of her final two seasons. She’s taken a backseat to Micaela Capelle at times in the past few seasons but remains one of this class’ most tantalizing prospects thanks to all too evident skill that was still on display despite all her struggles in the past few seasons. A real boom or bust proposition.)

22. Courtney Barg – M – Notre Dame

(Once thought of as a potential target for the early rounds of the draft, Barg’s status is now much more murkier after having missed giant chunks of the past two seasons through injury. Barg is far and away the best player of her type for 2012, and you could see her impact on the Irish when she returned from injury that cost her much of her junior year. But the defensive midfielder couldn’t shake the injury bug as a senior, missing a good many games for the second straight season, raising questions about her durability at the next level. If she can stay off the training table, she could be one of the steals of the draft. There’s no guarantee that that will happen though given the past few years.)

23. Natalie Kulla – GK – Marquette

(The last elite level goalkeeping prospect of this class, Kulla’s also the roughest around the edges at the moment. Standing at a massive 6’0″, Kulla has been the fulcrum of Marquette’s steely defense for four seasons. Still prone to the odd mistake here and there, Kulla still has a ton of upside and has the potential to grow into a WPS starter with the right coaching. Might possibly turn into the best keeper of this class with a little luck and a lot of patience from the right team.)

24. Kathleen Beljan – D – Dayton

(Flyers’ left-back is one of the top prospects at full-back in this class, an unusually weak one for wide defenders. Despite being a little undersized at 5’2″, Beljan has the pace to be a factor at the next level. Versatility also means she could slot in as a left winger. Was hurt at beginning of season but returned and was typically excellent in another fine Dayton season. One of the best A10 defenders of all-time and left Dayton as a club legend.)

25. Allysha Chapman – D/M – LSU

(Versatile Canadian U20 international figures to slot in as a left-back in the pros after featuring as a defensive midfielder for much of her college career. Size concerns will probably prohibit her from filling that role at the next level though, despite Chapman possessing no shortage of bite in the tackle. Has looked impressive in stints as a wide defender though, making good use of a good first step to get up and down the line. Weak crop of full-backs boosts her value to no small degree.)

26. Kayla Grimsley – F – South Carolina

(Fiery. Volatile. Occasionally brilliant. Grimsley’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s really hard to argue against her results in the SEC for the Gamecocks. She’s probably not big or physical enough to be the focus up front for a pro team and could make her money as a trequartista playing between the lines. Jill Ellis used her in midfield at U20 camps and Grimsley found herself dropping into midfield for SC to help gain and maintain possession in recent seasons. Sometimes unselfish to a fault, looking to get her teammates involved at every opportunity.)

27. Jessica Luscinski – M/F – Boston University

(One of the big fishes in a small pond of this year’s draft class. Has been a tremendous asset for Boston University in their recent run of success, winning the America East’s Striker of the Year award for two years running. Shined brightly against Boston College at the beginning of this past season, while team certainly felt her absence through injury for a chunk of the first half of the season. Can also play in midfield. Versatility could see her with a chance to latch onto a roster for 2012.)

28. Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann – GK – Washington

(An absolute revelation the past two seasons in goal for the Huskies. Nigh-unbeatable when on form. Missed multiple seasons after a transfer from Cal to Washington and in battling cancer. Could likely get a sixth year of eligibility for medical hardship if she wants it, though that seems unlikely at the moment. Seems to play at her best in the biggest games, a quality that could make her an intriguing target for a team late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.)

29. Shawna Gordon – M – Long Beach State

(Nadia Link probably garnered more attention for LBSU in their Elite Eight season this past year, but it’s been the steadily impressive Gordon who has ruled the day in the 49er midfield for the past four years. Rancho Cucamonga native saved her best for last, being named Big West Midfielder of the Year after seven goals and ten assists in 2011, including four in one game against St. Mary’s (CA). Could be a sleeper in midfield.)

30. Lizzy Simonin – D – Memphis

(Reigning two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year began as a big attacking threat for the Tigers early in her career before shifting back into the defense later on. It’s safe to say the move worked as Simonin was the anchor to a very effective Memphis defense that fueled their recent great success, including the double in 2011. She’s undersized for a center-back at 5’5″ though, meaning a move out wide might be in order if she’s to make a successful transition to the pros.)

31. Chantel Jones – GK – Virginia

(A USWNT youth international darling who only really started to live up to the hype later in her college career. Great shot stopper who made a number of big saves for Virginia in her senior season on their way to the Elite Eight. Questionable decision making at times and distribution/kicking leaves a little to be desired though. Adventurousness off line can be a blessing or a curse. Has a chance to stick as someone’s #3 this year.)

32. Jill Flietstra – GK – Michigan State

(Laura Heyboer may not be the only Spartan with a shot at latching onto someone’s roster in the pros this season. Flietstra’s quietly enjoyed a pretty impressive career for Michigan State, taking the starting job at the end of her freshman season before starting for the rest of her college career. 2010 was best season of her MSU career, and her broken finger near the end of the season ended up scuttling the Spartans’ NCAA Tournament hopes. Flietstra was in fine form for much of 2011 again, including stopping a pair of penalties against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament. Another who didn’t get to shine on an NCAA Tournament stage for the last two years and who could surprise if she finds a WPS home.)

33. Jenna Carosio – D – Illinois

(One of the true late bloomers of this draft class. Carosio was one of the Illini’s top reserves for the past three seasons but gave little indication that she would step into the starting lineup and become the Big Ten’s Defender of The Year in the process. But that’s just what the Novi, Michigan product did, playing every second for the Big Ten Tournament champions in a breakout season. Can also strike a ball with no shortage of skill, as her free kick winner against Nebraska showed. Center-back may be a little undersized for that role in the pros, meaning a move out wide or into a defensive midfield role could be in order.)

34. Aline Reis – GK – UCF

(The best 5’3″ goalkeeper on planet Earth and probably could’ve done a better job than Brazilian compatriot Andreia in Germany earlier this summer. Shows incredible command of her area and shot stopping ability for a keeper of her size. Also makes up for that lack of size by having a great vertical. Showed penalty stopping prowess against North Carolina in NCAA Tournament. A fiery competitor. Problem is she’s 5’3″, and that could really drive some teams away. Also has shown some signs of being injury prone during college career. Should find a decent career for herself in Brazil if she doesn’t make the grade stateside.)

35. Katie Ryan – F – Villanova

(Few have been as steady in front of goal for the past four years as Ryan. The Villanova forward hasn’t gotten as much attention as some of the other forwards in this class but very much saved her best for last, scoring twelve goals as a senior on just forty-eight shots while putting two-thirds of her efforts on goal. Possesses some of the best finishing instincts of any striker in this class but may lack pace to stick at this level.)

36. Justine Bernier – GK – Alabama

(Crimson Tide goalkeeper was the saving grace for some very bad Alabama teams before being the player that put Bama over the top this season in their surprising late season run to the NCAA Tournament. Canadian once looked like a potential future #1 for her country but has seemingly slid back down the pecking order in recent seasons. Certainly has a shot to stick as someone’s #3 but may prefer trying her luck overseas to get first-team football in an effort to get back in the international mix.)

37. Cat Walker – M – San Diego State

(A wonderful player who’s torn up the WPSL in years past with the Boston Aztec organization who has the unfortunate luck of being saddled with multiple serious knee injuries in her past. Got a sixth year of eligibility for the 2011 campaign and stayed healthy for SDSU, scoring nine goals for the Aztecs in her final collegiate season. Another year removed from knee surgery, could be one to watch if she can stay healthy.)

38. Courtney Parsons – GK – San Diego

(Yet another talented keeper in a draft class stocked with them, Parsons was one of the reasons her Toreros were able to shake off a midseason slump to win the WCC
and advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. It’s a little hard to grab too many of the headlines out west where excellent keepers are plentiful, but Parsons stood out with some of her late season performances that spurred USD on to success. With three years of consistent starting experience and success to her name, Parsons may yet find her way onto a professional roster.)

39. Diana Weigel – D – William & Mary

(With few elite full-backs available in this class, it might be a good time for some under the radar wide defenders from smaller programs to rise up. That could make William & Mary left-back Diana Weigel a hot commodity come draft day. The Tribe’s defensive maestro for the past four seasons, Weigel’s taken home First Team All-CAA honors the past three years and was a major force for John Daly’s side this year. With eighteen career assists and a handful of goals to her name, Weigel’s a threat going forward which could endear her to any number of teams looking to add depth on the flanks.)

40. Tahnai Annis – M/F – Florida

(A blessedly and wonderfully unique player in these days of assembly line players. A 5’1″ “Fox In The Box” type poacher, Annis should teach a course to youngsters on late runs into the box and being in the right place at the right time. Has scored a ridiculous amount of clutch goals, including eleven game winners, despite not being a pure forward. Short of stature but still powerful in the air. May have drifted under the radar a bit after tailing off a little after superb junior season. Could become a great pro in the right hands.)

41. Janice Cayman – M/F – Florida State

(Belgian international was initially thought to have been finished after a strong 2010 season but got another year of eligibility to return for her final season in 2011. After serving as one of the main scoring options for FSU as a junior, Cayman moved further back into the midfield for the Noles with Tiffany McCarty back and firing true. Still did very well in her new role for the club with seven goals and six assists in her second season in Tallahassee. Versatility definitely helps her cause but may be more likely to feature in Europe as a professional.)

42. Alyssa Whitehead – GK – Samford

(Massive keeper is obviously a big presence in the box with a big kicking game to go with it. Has been a shining star with Charlotte of the W-League the past few summers, while has also been in stellar form with Samford at the college level. Really began to open some eyes with some great saves facing a barrage of shots against Florida State in the NCAA Tournament. Needs some work on handling but could be an interesting developmental project as some team’s third keeper.)

43. Merritt Mathias – F – Texas A&M

(Finally hit her stride as a senior for Texas A&M with a nice season for the Big XII Tournament champion Aggies. Shook off reputation as a flat track bully with some excellent performances throughout the season, including a pair of assists against former club North Carolina in A&M’s stunning 4-3 win over the Tar Heels. Seemed to thrive without expectation of being team’s top option with Kelley Monogue emerging. Still faces much competition for spot at next level. Does she score enough to play forward in the pros?)

44. Michele Dalton – GK – Wisconsin

45. Laurie Nosbusch – F – Wisconsin

(Much like her team in 2011, fell back to Earth after an impressive 2010 campaign. After hitting double digits as a junior, Nosbusch entered her senior year with the Badgers as a real threat to move up draft boards with a repeat in her final season in Madison. But while Nosbusch was taking more shots than ever as a senior, she was connecting with fewer of them with just six goals in seventy-four shots. Nosbusch did see her assist total rise back to six with more teammates to utilize in the UW offense. Faces long odds with stacked forward class but might hang around in someone’s camp.)

46. Liesel Toth – D – Central Michigan

47. Colleen Boyd – GK – Oregon State

(Boyd is a big keeper who has flown up draft boards as Oregon State has rounded into a nationally reputable side. She’s probably a tick below the elite goalkeeping prospects but her size makes her an ideal candidate as a developmental backup for the future. I’m not sure she hit the heights envisioned before the season, but she’s still got plenty of upside to work with and could stick as someone’s #3 keeper if she’s drafted or signs as a undrafted rookie. Might still be worth a look for an enterprising European side as well.)

48. Jennifer Williams – F – New Mexico

(Fleet-footed forward has been a mid-major gem for New Mexico’s attack for the past few seasons. Lobos’ main gun went goal crazy this past season with fourteen strikes, including six match winners for Mountain West champs. Very high usage player though with ninety-three shots, and didn’t score too many goals against best teams Lobos faced last season though.)

49. Kelly D’Ambrisi – M – Georgetown

(AKA the other Georgetown midfielder who has been running the show in Washington D.C. the past four seasons. D’Ambrisi gets nowhere near the press that teammate Ingrid Wells does but has been no less important to the Hoyas’ rise up the Big East hierarchy as of late. Doesn’t put up the box score numbers that Wells does but still contributes much to an offense. Could be a real sleeper for some enterprising team.)

50. Taryne Boudreau – M/D – LSU

(Canadian was a jack of all trades for the Tigers in her collegiate career, shifting from central midfielder to center-back throughout before being asked to carry the mail for an otherwise punchless LSU attack last season. She did so capably, with twelve goals, including six match winners. Not shy about letting fly from distance, scoring more than one goal from range. Likely too small for a center-back at the next level, meaning she might end up in the midfield once more.)

51. Kelsey Hunyadi – F/M – Kentucky

52. Judy Christopher – M – UC Irvine

(Irvine captain was the heartbeat of coach Scott Juniper’s sides that brought the Anteaters to national prominence the past two seasons. Won’t fill up a box score but does the dirty work in the middle of the pitch that all good teams need. Fierce competitor with great leadership skills.)

53. Alyssa Pember – D – Boston College
54. Jessica Teahan – GK – Missouri State
55. Blake Miller – F – West Virginia

56. Bri Young – D/M – Texas A&M

(Towering and mercurial, Young has been up and down, but mostly up, during her four year career in College Station. A budding star as a freshman in 2008, it’d take Young until 2010 and her junior year to hit those heights once again. The end of that season would bring misfortune though, as Young suffered a serious knee injury that stunted her progress in 2011. Still recovering from that injury, Young was limited to fifteen games and just five starts. Was used in midfield for much of senior season but likely projects out as a center-back at the next level. Injury status makes her a longshot to be drafted but someone willing to be patient as she gets all the way back from injury could have a real gem for the future.)

57. Lauren Alwine – F – Virginia

(Alwine’s a bit of an odd duck in that she’s a forward who’s a much better table setter than she is a scorer. In fact, she finished her Virginia career with twice as many assists (forty-two) as she did goals (twenty-one). A fourteen assist freshman season may have set the bar impossibly high for the Elizabethtown product, but she still turned into a very good, if not great, college player. It’ll be interesting to see if a coach can mold her talents into something that can contribute at the professional level.)

58. Annika Niemeier – M – Oklahoma State

(U20 World Cup winner in 2004 with Germany, it feels like Niemeier has been around forever thanks to a pair of serious knee injuries which put her WPS hopes in jeopardy. Was again suffering through injuries this season, missing a large chunk of games before getting healthy in the postseason. Showed her class in the NCAA Tournament as she propelled OSU to some big wins. Seems more likely to end up in the Frauen Bundesliga though given her shaky injury history.)

59. Julia Bouchelle – M – Boston College
60. Stacie Hubbard – M – UCF

61. Jasmyne Spencer – F – Maryland

(Great college player with blazing speed. But she’s 5’1″, and if players in the past like Tiffany Yovino didn’t get a look, will she? After a pair of strong seasons in 2009 and 2010, needed a big senior year as a closing argument to make her case amongst a crowded field of forwards in this year’s draft. She didn’t get it, scoring just twice as a senior and struggling after being injured against James Madison in the middle of the season.)

62. Elizabeth DeLozier – M/D – Oklahoma State

63. Courtney Jones – F – North Carolina

(Seemed to tone down her free shooting ways as a senior but was just one of many Tar Heel attackers who struggled to score in an erratic offensive season for UNC. Still struggles with getting her shots on target, with her 21% the lowest mark of her collegiate career. Has the talent to catch on with someone in camp but faces a steep climb for a roster spot with crowded rookie forward field.)

64. Laura Cole – M/F – Pepperdine
65. Kelsey Kearney – GK – UNC Greensboro
66. Lauren Montenegro – M – Purdue
67. Keara Thompson – M – Wisconsin-Milwaukee

68. Sophie Hargreaves – M/D – Murray State

(Brit may end up as one of the hidden gems of this class for anyone willing to take a flyer on the former Leeds United Ladies product. After a few seasons excelling as a burly midfielder for Murray State, Hargreaves was called into duty on the backline for the Racers as a senior. She acquitted herself well enough to rake in more OVC honors in another strong season. Size makes her an option at center-back or as a defensive midfielder.)

69. Furtuna Velaj – M/F – Quinnipiac

(Newly capped Albanian international certainly wins the battle for best and most interesting story of this year’s potential draftees after fleeing war torn Kosovo as a youth. Possesses no small amount of talent either, having lit up the NEC for the Bobcats for her first few seasons in college. Goal tally dried up though as teams began to swarm the Bobcats’ star, with QU possessing few other weapons offensively. Played attacking midfielder at international level, where she may be more comfortable at at next level. A sleeper.)

70. Taylor Lytle – M – Texas Tech

(Looked to be a player that would help Tech finally break through and reach the next level after two fantastic seasons to help open up her collegiate career. But Lytle’s been a shell of herself since an injury hit 2010 season and was not in great form despite starting every match as a senior. One goal and three assists was a massively disappointing haul for a player with as much promise as Lytle. Undersized, which is a big worry given her injury history.)

71. Brittany Galindo – D – Oregon State

72. Ella Stephan – D/M – Florida State

(Has been an invaluable asset for Mark Krikorian’s Florida State teams over the past few years as a glue player. Capable of filling in on the backline or as an uncompromising defensive midfielder. Not flashy by any means but difficult to keep out of a lineup. The type to hang around in camp for a while and who may ultimately be very difficult to cut.)

73. Lindsey Kowal – D – Harvard

(Divisive U23 international has shined for Harvard, though some don’t rate her nearly as highly. Has looked a class apart for a successful Harvard side, but it remains to be seen if she’s more than a big fish in a small pond.)

74. Jessica Carlson – F – Illinois State

(Wasn’t terribly prolific at the college level for much of her career, hitting double digits in goals just once, in 2009, but was still a dangerous weapon for Redbirds in attack. Seemed to blossom as ISU saw Rachel Tejada come in as a freshman and dominate the opposition from up top. That freed Carlson to tally seven goals and ten assists in her finals season. Could be a player that finds her best form playing with more skilled teammates.)

75. Elissa Magracia – M – San Diego

76. Julie King – D – Auburn

(Bruising defender out of St. Louis has helped Tiger defense round into respectable form after a few seasons of dismal displays. Not one to shy from scything opponents to the ground, King’s size and versatility make her an option either in the middle or out wide. Also possesses some degree of offensive talent, having played in attack for Auburn later in her college career. Six goals and six assists as a senior show she’s not to be taken lightly going forward.)

77. Krista Lopez – F – Oklahoma State

(One of 2010′s breakout stars regressed back towards the mean a bit in her senior season. That’s not to say she didn’t make a big contribution for OSU, she just did it with her assists primarily, including a stretch of five in six games. But her goalscoring total was down, with just eight goals, four of those coming against minnows Arkansas-Little Rock. Additionally, she didn’t score in any of her final eleven matches, raising questions as to whether she can make an impact at the professional level.)

78. Lina Cords – D – Boston University

79. KC Correllus – D – Florida Gulf Coast

(Diminutive center-back turned out to be a transfer masterstroke for Florida Gulf Coast, as she was a major part of getting the Eagles into the Big Dance at the first time of asking in their transition to DI. The ex-Florida State player may go down as FGCU’s top player ever after raking in the plaudits and silverware in Fort Myers in her four seasons. Undersized at 5’1″, she’ll almost assuredly be moving out wide if she’s to make it in the pros.)

80. Chandra Salmon-Christensen – M – Utah State
81. Michelle Olivier – D – Portland

82. Emma Thomson – D – Penn State

(Former England youth international and Doncaster Rovers Belles player really rounded into a quality player for Erica Walsh’s side the past couple of years. Occupied the center in college but likely due a move to the flanks at professional level due to her size.)

83. Lizzy Hildebrandt – M – Memphis

84. Kristy Zurmuhlen – M – Stanford

(Irrepressible bundle of energy in midfield was one of Stanford’s unsung heroes in their national title run. Never stops running and possesses immense workrate. Underrated positional sense. Knows when to get forward and help out the attack without neglecting her defensive duties.)

85. Amanda Fancher – D – Virginia
86. Jess Hopton – D – La Salle
87. Lexi Kopf – F – UC Irvine
88. Courtney Breen – M – Hofstra
89. Danielle Brunache – D – Cal

90. Lindsay Thompson – F/M – Florida

(A frighteningly inconsistent player for the Gators the past four years. Has the ability to dominate matches but can disappear from sight just as easily. Inconsistencies later in college career left her on bench for many matches but still hope that right coach could coax the best out of her yet.)

91. Erica Henderson – D – West Virginia
92. Alexandra Suschak – D – Detroit

93. Mallory Outerbridge – F – Western Kentucky

(Draft value shot up like a rocket after an amazing W-League season where she scored a ton of goals for runners-up, the Ottawa Fury. Remains to be seen whether she can do it against top notch opposition though. Fourteen goals as a senior was a career best at WKU, but the level of opposition wasn’t outstanding. Canadian might be worth a flyer for someone at the pro level though.

94. Alaina Beyar – D – Boston College
95. Veronica Napoli – F – Northeastern
96. Natalie Martineau – M – LSU

97. Jazmyne Avant – D – Florida

(Can’t defend the chair I’m sitting in, but there’s few better wide defenders in this draft class at getting up the line from the full-back position. Aching for a conversion into a flying winger at the next level.)

98. Alice Binns – GK – Boston University
99. Marissa Mykines – M – Illinois
100. Ashley Seal – M – Oregon State
101. Ali Schaefer – M – Penn State
102. Ellen Fahey – D – South Carolina
103. Maggie Kistner – D – Virginia
104. Vikki Alonzo – GK – Miami (FL)
105. Brittany Heist – M – Boston University
106. Claire Horton – M – Central Michigan
107. Vicki Traven – GK – Toledo
108. Natalie McCabe – D – Illinois State
109. Shantel Flanary – F – Utah State

110. Kylie Doniak – F – Texas

(Certainly no questioning her toughness after playing much of the later half of the season on a busted knee. If she’s healthy, you can move her up a little on this board, as she’s been the most consistent offense Texas has had in recent years.)

111. Daniel Scoliere – D – Ohio State
112. Kelly Reinwald – F – Canisius
113. Elise Kuhar-Pitters – GK – Memphis
114. Genna Pepe – D – Lehigh
115. Natalie Daniels – M – Cleveland State
116. Olivia Tucker – M – Mercer
117. Abbey Moenkedick – D – North Dakota State
118. Stephanie Powers – GK – Florida Gulf Coast
119. Allison Kagawa – D – Brown
120. Lauren Porter – D – Utah
121. Katie Jackson – M – UCF
122. Staz Salnias – D – Baylor
123. Yewande Balogun – GK – Maryland
124. Katherine Donnelly – D – Boston University
125. Toni Carnovale – D – Portland State
126. Chelsea Klotz – F – South Florida

127. Megan McQueeny – D – San Diego State

(No coincidence that SDSU’s promising season started to crack once their captain went down with injury in early September. An absolute rock on the backline, McQueeny would probably be pushing for a spot in the top sixty of this board had she stayed healthy and finished strong. Definitely worth a flyer for some team if she’s healthy come training camps.)

128. Melanie Baskind – F – Harvard

129. Ashley Grove – F – Maryland

(Another Maryland offensive player who underachieved in the Terps’ slightly underwhelming 2011 campaign. Grove, an occasional starter as a sophomore looked to be on the brink of something special after nine goals and six assists in 2010 as a starter. Instead, she fell back to Earth with just five goals and four assists as Maryland’s offense as a whole slumped. Might be worth a training camp invite to see if the down year was just a one-off and if she can continue to grow as a player.)

130. Myriah Stockman – D – Pepperdine
131. Genna Petersen – M – East Tennessee State
132. Libby Stout – GK – Western Kentucky
133. Josie Solie – D – Minnesota
134. Brittany Butts – M – Hofstra

135. Cat Barnekow – D – UNC Greensboro

(Spartans’ Swiss army knife capable of playing just about anywhere on the pitch, though her size might force her out wide as a professional. After starring at JUCO level, began to take SoCon by storm with all-conquering UNCG team in 2010. Was an assist machine as a junior with fourteen and looked to lead a reshuffled Spartans side in 2011 but only played two games before missing rest of season. Could return after a redshirt and rehabilitate her draft stock with a strong season.)

136. Kyndall Treadwell – F – Oklahoma State
137. Jamie Pollock – M – Georgia
138. Bria Beardsley – M – Denver
139. Brielle Slepicoff – D – Cal State Northridge
140. Traci Flick – M – St. Francis (PA)
141. Jordan King – D – Stephen F. Austin
142. Nicole Hubbard – D – Long Beach State

143. Sade Ayinde – D/F – Maryland

(Ayinde entered 2011 as potentially one of this draft’s most intriguing prospects and exited it looking like one of the biggest one hit wonders in college soccer history. After getting a shock call-up to the 2010 U20 World Cup roster [she was later replaced by Mollie Pathman], Ayinde promptly had one of the greatest super sub seasons by a college player ever. Despite only playing in roughly a third of each game, Ayinde led the team in scoring with ten goals and eight assists. But Ayinde was a non-factor in 2011, only starting two games and looking nothing like 2010′s deadly force off the bench, finishing with just three goals. There’s still a glimmer of potential there, but it’s unknown if anyone will be willing to take a chance on it.)

144. Brittany Kerridge – M – USC
145. Kaitlyn Eidson – D – SMU
146. Katelin Chaklos – D – Michigan State
147. Molli Merrill – GK – Utah State

148. Paige Maxwell – F – Ohio State

(Couldn’t match her excellent junior season where she fired home five Big Ten match winning goals. Maxwell only scored five goals period in 2011 and was incredibly wasteful for much of the season, with eighty shots and putting just thirty-five percent of her shots on frame. Maxwell also only scored once in league play, though she did have six Big Ten assists. Played much better in the NCAA Tournament, but her inconsistency will likely drive any coach willing to take a chance on her up a wall.)

149. April Perry – D – Florida International
150. Laura McCalla – M/F – Purdue
151. Kathleen Hunter – D – Florida Gulf Coast
152. Melissa Sanger – GK – La Salle
153. Aundreaha Martinez – D – Northern Colorado
154. Shea Roberts – D – Sacramento State
155. Ashleigh Barone – F – Siena
156. Morgan Showalter – M – Iowa
157. Kelly Boudreau – GK – Fairfield
158. Olivia Elias – M – Florida Gulf Coast
159. Sarah Martinez – F – Washington
160. Karissa Garcia – M – Pepperdine
161. Laura Greene – F – Hofstra
162. Rebecca Millock – D – Harvard

163. Katie Benz – F – Cal

(After being something of an afterthought for the better part of three seasons in Berkeley, Benz appeared to be on a sudden fast track for stardom after scoring ten goals in eleven games for Cal in 2011. But a gruesome broken leg against Santa Clara sidetracked those dreams and put her on the shelf for the rest of the season. If she’s recovered and healthy, she might be worth a flyer to see if that explosive form wasn’t just lightning in a bottle.)

164. Ali Fenter – D – Washington State
165. Camille Trujillo – F – Georgetown
166. Mary Wandolowski – D – Wisconsin-Milwaukee
167. Kendall VanDine – D – Fresno State
168. Ariana Calderon – F – Long Island

169. Taylor Knaack – F – Texas

(Looked to be in decent, though not outstanding, form after her transfer from Notre Dame. Then wrecked her knee in the middle of the season and was out injured for the rest of her senior season. May be worth a flyer if healthy to see if she can rekindle that past magic.)

170. Summer Tillotson – D – Utah State
171. Bailey Powell – D – Georgia
172. Emma Mullo – M – Yale
173. Meghan Collins – D – UMass
174. Rachel Shelnutt – F – Furman
175. Aisha Lott – D – UC Davis
176. Kelly Matthews – D – Northeastern
177. Jenny Griffin – M – Canisius
178. Rashidah Sherman – F – Fairleigh Dickinson
179. Andrea Zuniga – F – Creighton
180. Kristina Wavomba – F – Pacific
181. Pirjo Leppikangas – M – Campbell

182. Ashli Sandoval – M – USC

(It’s been a bit of a struggle for Sandoval, who was one of the top freshmen in the country for USC’s title winning team of 2007. But then, injuries took their toll and have left the promising midfielder a shell of herself. In 2010, Sandoval seemed to be coming along after staying healthy for much of the year and scoring six goals. Sandoval would start in eighteen of USC’s twenty contests this past season but scored just once despite leading the team with fifty-one shots. A longshot, but somebody might take a chance, hoping they can keep her healthy and coax the old form out of her.)

183. Molly Thomas – F – Nebraska
184. Brittany Persaud – F – Wright State
185. Beth Wright – D – Colorado College
186. Katelyn Ruhe – M – Pittsburgh
187. Kristen Lynn – F – Toledo
188. Sarah Wilkinson – F – Samford
189. McKenzie Olson – GK – BYU
190. Makenzie Gillaspie – M – Wisconsin-Milwaukee
191. Kyle MacIntosh – M – Southeastern Louisiana
192. Jessica Ingram – D – San Jose State
193. Carolyn Polcari – M – UAB
194. Hannah Gmerek – M – College of Charleston
195. Adrienne Lerner – D – Penn
196. Kirstin Salminen – GK – Northern Colorado
197. Ashlin Yahr – F – Columbia
198. Alex Topp – M – Pacific
199. Sam Monahan – M – Northern Arizona
200. Jen Kimoto – D – Niagara
201. Tiffini Turpin – F – UAB

202. Samantha Baker – F – Georgetown

(Not much in the way of subtlety from Georgetown’s hulking forward. She can throw the ball roughly a mile and caused no end of chaos in the box on her long throw-ins throughout her career. Also a very good corner kick taker who bent in more than one directly over the years. In the run of play, she’s been less consistent though and has to improve to stand a chance at the next level.)

203. Kaitlyn Gustaves – GK – Long Beach State
204. Jennifer Jones – M – Louisville
205. Kristin Lescalleet – M – Richmond
206. Molly Nizzoli – M – Fresno State
207. Courtney Snyder – M – Monmouth
208. Jordan Calhoun – F – TCU
209. Kristin Player – F – UNC Greensboro
210. Jennie Marshall – F – BYU
211. Courtney Seelhorst – GK – Baylor
212. Emily Dowd – F – Tennessee
213. Kimmy Cummings – F – East Carolina
214. Kristin Russell – GK – St. John’s (NY)
215. Heidi Farran – F – Cal State Northridge
216. Erin Dalley – F – Utah
217. Bekah Bonny – F – Wright State
218. Seyma Erenli – M – Indiana State
219. Stephanie Skowneski – F – Western Michigan
220. Courtney Durbin – F – Winthrop
221. Jessica Zavalza – F – Houston
222. Kayla Braffett – F – South Dakota State
223. Liz Fink – M – Jacksonville
224. Jessie Crabtree – F – Southeast Missouri State
225. Gina Petracco – M – Florida Gulf Coast
226. Tiya Gallegos – F – Boston University
227. Dylan Jordan – F – Ole Miss
228. Jael Fanning – M – New Mexico
229. Silvia Fuentes – F – Arkansas-Pine Bluff
230. Erin Gunther – D – Creighton
231. Jen Leaverton – F – St. John’s (NY)
232. Katherine Orellana – F – UNLV
233. Julie Morrissey – F – Cincinnati

234. Chelsea Hatcher – F – Tennessee

(Would probably win a hardest shot contest among potential draftees. Blasts that come from her foot could probably kill a rhino. Never really put it all together at college level though.)

235. Silvia Betancourt – M – Liberty
236. Amanda Malkiewicz – F – East Carolina
237. Amy Pickard – F – Delaware
238. Candace West – F – Vanderbilt
239. Allison Masumiya – D – Wyoming
240. Nikki Edwards – D – Southeast Missouri State
241. Taylor Wilson – D – Seton Hall
242. Lisa Kemp – F – UC Davis
243. Hope Atkinson – M – College of Charleston
244. Lauren Bozesky – M – Southeast Missouri State
245. Donna-Kay Henry – F – Chattanooga
246. Kelsey Bernard – M – Texas State
247. Savannah Abercrombie – GK – Sacramento State
248. Kimmie Feidler – M – Northern Colorado
249. Brittany Kiracofe – M – Morehead State
250. Jordan Salisbury – D – Seattle
251. Kelsey Blincow – M – Missouri
252. Brooke Robertson – M – UT-Martin
253. Michele DeSanti – D – Hartford
254. Lisa Bernadini – M – Old Dominion
255. Cori Bonte – M – South Dakota State
256. Melissa Govea – D – UT-Martin
257. Nikolette Rivera – M – Western Michigan
258. Tara Cort – M – Bucknell
259. Gretchen Sutch – D – Belmont
260. Jen Pfeiffer – F – Saint Joseph’s
261. Mary Beth Hamilton – F – Hartford
262. Kathryn Hannis – M – Marist
263. Rachael Loomis – F – North Dakota
264. Vanessa Hart – M – Southeast Missouri State
265. Ariel Cook – F – Northern Colorado
266. Rebecca Lee – M – Albany
267. Jenna Lindsay – F – Delaware
268. Jessie Baddley – F – Weber State
229. Kelly Mooney – D – New Hampshire
270. Andrea Keller – D – Elon
271. Meghan Maiwald – GK – San Jose State
272. Maria Grados – M – Oral Roberts
273. Lauren Frazier – GK – Texas State
274. Brandi Smith – F – South Alabama
275. Casey Bolduc – D – Charleston Southern
276. Kat Donovan – GK – South Dakota State

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