2017 NWSL Draft

Jan. 13, 2017


Nine Big Ten students were selected in the 2017 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft that was held Thursday in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention at the JW Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles. The nine Big Ten selections are the most for the conference in the NWSL's five-year history, eclipsing last season's six draft picks.

Leading the way was Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle, who was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NWSL Draft by the Boston Breakers. Lavelle is not only the first No. 1 draft pick in Big Ten women's soccer history, but also the first Wisconsin student chosen No. 1 overall in any professional sports league draft.

Six Big Ten schools saw students chosen during Thursday's NWSL Draft, with Nebraska, Ohio State and Rutgers each having two selections, while Minnesota and Penn State both had one student drafted this season.

Eight of the 10 NWSL clubs selected at least one Big Ten student at Thursday's NWSL Draft, with the Houston Dash picking two conference standouts (Ohio State's Nichelle Prince and Rutgers' Erin Smith) during the four-round event.

Below is a complete rundown of the Big Ten students chosen in the 2017 NWSL Draft, while a full list of this year's draft selections can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Round 1
No. 1 -- Rose Lavelle -- Wisconsin (Boston Breakers)

Round 2
No. 19 -- Lindsay Agnew -- Ohio State (Washington Spirit)

Round 3
No. 24 -- Madison Tiernan -- Rutgers (Sky Blue FC)
No. 27 -- Jaycie Johnson -- Nebraska (North Carolina Courage)
No. 28 -- Nichelle Prince -- Ohio State (Houston Dash)

Round 4
No. 32 -- Nickolette Driesse -- Penn State (Orlando Pride)
No. 33 -- Erin Smith -- Rutgers (Houston Dash)
No. 35 -- Rashida Beal -- Minnesota (FC Kansas City)
No. 40 -- Caroline Flynn -- Nebraska (Portland Thorns FC)