March 15, 2001
South Bend, IN – Three more former Notre Dame women’s soccer players were drafted by teams in the first-year Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), following a four-round supplemental draft in early February.
Defender Kelly Lindsey (Omaha, Neb.)-who recently completed her senior season-was selected by the Bay Area CyberRays with the first overall pick while another former Irish defender, 2000 graduate Jen Grubb (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), went to the Washington (D.C.) Freedom with the second overall selection. Forward Meotis Erikson (Kennewick, Wash.)-who like Lindsey is set to graduate in May-was a second-round selection in the eight-team draft, going to the Boston Breakers with the 10th overall pick. Ten former Notre Dame players-nine of which were named to the 20-player, opening-day rosters-have been allocated or drafted by the WUSA, which began its first season in mid-April.
Lindsey was reunited on the CyberRays with former Irish goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene (Gold River, CA, ’00), who was allocating to the Bay Area team and spent the 2000 fall as a volunteer assistant coach with the Irish women’s soccer team. Grubb is the third former Notre Dame player drafted by Washington, which also picked midfielder Anne Makinen-the 2000 national player of the year-in the first round of the initial draft before drafting former Irish forward Monica Gerardo (Corona, CA, ’99) in the seventh round. Erikson is reunited in Boston with former Irish defender and current U.S. national team member Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, MI, ’98), one of three players allocated to the Breakers.
Two former Irish players made the San Diego Spirit’s opening day roster: midfielder Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, CA, class of ’99) and forward/midfielder Jenny Streiffer-Mascaro (Baton Rouge, LA, ’00). Boxx was picked in the third round of the initial draft, Streiffer in the fourth round.