The Breakers finished fifth in the eight-team league and missed the playoffs, which kick off this Saturday and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.
Golden Boot: Sydney Leroux
Leroux finished third in the NWSL Rookie of the Year voting by scoring 11 goals and adding two assists in 19 games for the Breakers this season. Her 11 goals tied for second in the NWSL with Abby Wambach and four of Leroux's goals were game-winners. Leroux finished with 30 shots on goal, second to only Heather O’Reilly, with 32. Leroux was twice named NWSL Player of the Week (Week 4 and Week 13).
"Syd is an out and out threat," Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. "She proved she can be a threat over 90 minutes and scored some fabulous and important goals for us. She can get a goal from out of nothing. Her speed causes trouble, and her focus in front of goal led to her winning this award and just missing out on the overall NWSL golden boot."
Team MVP: Lianne Sanderson
Sanderson played in all 22 Boston Breakers games, started 21, and finished with 1,913 minutes played, second highest on the team. Sanderson scored led the team in assists (7), finishing third in NWSL, and scored five goals. Sanderson was named NWSL Player of the Week for Week 7, assisting on all three Breakers goals in a 3-0 win May 25 over the Washington Spirit. She also drew 33 fouls, fourth most in the league and didn’t receive even one caution this season.
"Lianne is a threat, said Billiard. "Opponents figured that out and pressured her quickly or doubled up. She is a great talent, has a real passion for the game and had a great first season for us."
Defender of the Year: Cat Whitehill
Whitehill, in her second year as a member of the Boston Breakers, served as team captain and started all 22 games. Whitehill led the Breakers in minutes played with 1,978, which ranked her second in the NWSL. Whitehill was a leader on the Breakers back line and scored one goal and had two assists.
"[Whitehill] is a consistent player, and that consistency is always at a high level," said Billiard. "She has such a good soccer brain and was a real leader and rock in our back line."