"We were looking for some options up front for breakaway speed with the loss of Sydney Leroux, and we were looking for a left-sided player at midfield to add more balance to our team," Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin said. "And we were looking for cover at center back."
With their first pick, No. 8 overall, the Breakers selected University of Michigan forward and NSCAA All-American Nkem Ezurike. The 5-foot, 11-inch forward is a native of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia and is Michigan's all-time leader in goals (49) and points (118). A semifinalist for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy, Ezurike is a three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region. Internationally, Ezurike has played for the Canadian U-20 (2012) and U-17 National Teams (2007-08). She played in the 2008 U-17 Women's World Cup.
With their second pick (second round, No. 13 overall), the Breakers selected Duke defender Natasha Anasi. The 5-6 Arlington, Texas native played 97 games at Duke and tallied four goals and six assists over the course of her four-year career.
In the third round, the Breakers selected Virginia Tech forward Jazmine Reeves (No. 21 overall) and Duke forward Mollie Pathman (No. 23 overall). Reeves, from Dover, Delaware, is coming off a season that yielded NSCAA All-American honors. She finished her career at Virginia Tech with 25 goals and 19 assists and helped lead the Hokies to the NCAA national semifinals this past fall.
Pathman, a Durham, N.C., native, is a 5-4 forward and scored 17 goals and 29 assists in 87 career games with Duke. She was a member of the U.S. team that won the U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup in Japan in 2012. She also played for the U.S. in the 2010 U-20 Women's World Cup, alongside current Breaker Kristie Mewis.
In the fourth round (No. 32 overall), the Breakers bolstered their goalkeeping corps by adding Villianova standout keeper Jami Kranich. Kranich was Pathman's teammate on the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup championship team. At Villanova, the Hamden, Conn., native finished with a career 12 shutouts and a 1.59 goals against average. She was a 2012 Third Team All-BIG EAST selection.
During the draft, the Breakers traded keeper Michelle Betos to Portland Thorns FC in exchange for the No. 34 pick in this year's draft and a second-round draft pick in 2015. With that No. 34 pick, the Breakers selected Duke forward/midfielder Kim DeCesare, who captained the Blue Devils in 2013, scored 29 goals and 15 assists in her Duke career.