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Five Former Women's Soccer Players Drafted by WUSA

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.