|National Team member and former UConn star Sara Whalen was allocated to the league's New York Power before the draft.|
STORRS, Conn. -- Five former University of Connecticut women's soccer players were picked Sunday and Monday in the
initial draft of the Women's United Soccer Association
(WUSA), which will begin play in early April. These five
players join National Team member and former UConn star
Sara Whalen who was allocated to the leagues New York
Power before the draft.
Whalen joined the New York Power, which will be based
near her hometown of Greenlawn, NY, in the previous
National Team assignment pool at the start of the league.
Whalen, a three-time All-American and two-time Big East
Defensive Player of the Year, finished her career at UConn
with 23 goals and 43 assists for 89 points. In her final season
at UConn, she was named the 'National Player of the Year'
by the Honda Awards Program and by the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America, as well as being named
Hermann and M.A.C. Trophy finalists. After UConn, Whalen
became a member of the United States National Team,
which won the 1999 Women's World Cup and a silver medal
in the 2000 Summer Olympics.
On Sunday and Monday, the following Connecticut players
were drafted by the WUSA:
Ovrl Rd Pos Name Team
38 5 Midfield Naomi Stone Carolina Tempest
40 5 Defender Carey Dorn Bay Area Cyber Rays
61 8 Forward Kerry Connors New York Power
67 9 Midfield Margaret Tietjen San Diego Spirit
82 11 Midfield Jen Tietjen Philadelphia Charge
Stone played in 62 games while at Connecticut. Tallying five
goals and 15 assists for 25 points, Stone helped lead the 1997
squad to the NCAA Championship game in her senior year.
Dorn was the mainstay of the Husky defense in her four years
at UConn. She played in 92 games, making 82 starts,
recording six goals and eight assists for 20 points.
A two-time All-American and Big East Offensive Player of the
Year, Connors made her mark on UConn's offensive line.
She notched 43 goals and 42 assists for 128 points, placing
her tied for third on UConn's all-time scoring list.
M. Tietjen played in 99 games for Connecticut, starting in 91
of them. She ended her career with 43 goals and 42 assists
for 128 points, placing her tied for third on Connecticut's all-
time scoring list.
J. Tietjen recorded 16 goals and a school-record 64 assists for
96 points while at UConn. As a Husky, J. Tietjen played in 97
games, making 96 starts.