The Boston Breakers selected six players in this year’s NWSL Supplemental Draft including bringing back three members of the 2012 Breakers team.
The Breakers picks were as follows: Joanna Lohman (3rd), Katie Schoepfer (11th), Bianca D’Agostino (19th), Jasmyne Spencer (27th), Lauren Alkek (35th) and Jessica Luscinski (43rd).
Joanna Lohman – Midfielder
— Joanna Lohman (@JoannaLohman) February 7, 2013
A former two term captain of the Penn State Nittany Lions, Lohman has accumulated numerous awards during her college career, including 2004 Pennsylvania’s NCAA Woman of the Year, 3-time All American and the Big Ten Player of the Year for 2003. A trained midfielder, Lohman can swiftly transition into a defending role. This versatility has attracted top teams such as Maryland Pride, MagicJack, the Philadelphia Independence and Espanyol to recruit her.
Lohman, a natural born leader, was appointed captain of her U-21 US National Team for which she led them to three Nordic Cup championships. Her senior year with the Nittany Lions was overwhelming as she scored 19 goals, and had 6 assists. She completed her college career as the 5th leading goal scorer with 41 goals. This winning streak continued into her professional playing career when during the 2010 WPS season, Lohman was tied for second place as the top goal scorer for Philadelphia as she led with 5 goals.
Katie Schoepfer – Forward
— Katie Schoepfer (@KatieShep12) February 7, 2013
A phenomenal senior year at Penn State made Katie an appealing player to sign. New Jersey Sky Blue picked Schoepfer in the third round of the 2010 WPS Draft. As a senior for Penn State, Katie was named to the NSCAA Scholar All American First Team and the NSCAA All American Second Team, and was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Katie started in 65 out of 78 games during her college career and tallied an impressive 35 goals and 20 assists.
An international U.S. player, she has been a member of the U17, U20 and U23 squads. In addition to an international career, Schoepfer has been a member of the WPS New Jersey Sky Blue and Boston Breakers. In 2011, she signed with the Breakers and would go on to have a lasting impact on the team, as 2012 marked a strong season for her. Katie started all 13 games of the 2012 season, scoring five goals in the first five matches.
Bianca D’Agostino – Midfielder
“@bostonbreakers: Third round, No. 19 overall: The Boston Breakers select Bianca D’Agostino. Welcome back B!” Thank youu, happy to be back!!
— Bianca D’Agostino (@BiancaDAgostino) February 7, 2013
D’Agostino, who was selected at a young age to play for the U14 U.S. National Team and went on to win accolades at Wake Forest, is a powerful forward/defender with an ambitious character. She was selected 18th overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Philadelphia Independence and would later sign with the Atlanta Beat. In 2010 as a senior co-captain at Wake Forest, she started all 24 games of the season and scored two goals with nine assists. Bianca was also a member of the U23 squad that won the 2011 Four Nations Tournament.
Jasmyne Spencer – Forward
— Jasmyne Spencer (@Jas_it_Up) February 7, 2013
A two time first-team All-ACC honoree, former University of Maryland forward Spencer is tied for eighth in UM career goals with 20 (8 game-winners). Spencer is admired for being the first female Terp soccer player since 1996 to have earned NSCAA All American honors. In her senior year she started in 16 matches, scoring two goals and four assists. Aside from her collegiate career, which ended in 2011, Spencer has played for the WPSL Long Island Fury and was a contributing member to their league title win for the Fury In recent months Spencer has been playing for Danish club Brondby. In October she put two goals in the net in a 9-3 win for the Brondby club.
Lauren Alkek – Defender
@bostonbreakers So excited to be joining the Boston Breaker family!
— Lauren Alkek (@LAlkek6) February 7, 2013
Two time Academic All-Big 12 first team member, Alkek is a versatile player who played both offense and defense for the Oklahoma Sooners. In 2008 she made the transition from offense to defense and started in all but one game of the season. Her switch to defense is credited for her increase in shots taken that year. In total, Alkek played in 71 games, starting 68. She finished her career with 1 goal and 2 assists.
Lauren Alkek, who I also got to see play at the Big 12 Championships, is a very physical back who can win the tackles. She goes in hard and can distribute very well from the back with a nice long ball. She also has a big throw-in and is very quick. Overall, these two picks help deepen the positions for us, and they provide us with a lot of talent.
– Sky Blue assistant coach Rick Stainton, 2011 WPS draft.
Jessica Luscinski – Midfielder
— Jess Luscinski (@JessLuscinski) February 7, 2013
As a midfield player for Boston University, Luscinski ranked as the second all-time leader in points with 29 goals and 24 assists, and led the Terriers to 19 wins in her 2011 senior season. She was named the America East Striker of the Year twice, and appeared in 84 games for Boston, scoring 12 goals as a junior and netting three times in the first four games of her senior season. Luscincki was named to three consecutive America East All-Conference First Teams , and.continued to dominate her field as she earned the team’s Co-Most Valuable Offensive Player honor, and led the America East Conference with 8 assists.