ECNL College Impact – The Atlantic Coast Conference

ACC LogoRICHMOND, VA (November 7, 2016) – Elite Clubs National League College Impact series catalogs the incredible impact the ECNL has had on college women’s soccer since its founding in 2009, and which increases every year. Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” is the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player and collegiate soccer star.

The ECNL College Impact is measured by the number of ECNL alumni that have moved on to collegiate soccer, and by their contribution to collegiate athletic conferences all over the United States. This week, the ECNL examines the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ECNL College Impact for the Atlantic Coast Conference includes all players currently active on Atlantic Coast rosters:

  • 248 ECNL alumni are currently playing in the ACC- More than 65% of the players in the ACC are ECNL Alums.
  • The ACC Offensive and Midfielder Player of the Year, Alexis Shaffer, is an ECNL Alum.
  • The ACC Defender of the Year, Christina Gibbons, and the ACC Freshman of the Year, Bridgette Andrzejewski, are ECNL Alums.
  • 9 out of 11 of the 2016 ACC First Team are ECNL Alum and 9 out of 11 Players on the 2016 ACC All-Freshman Team are ECNL Alum.

The Atlantic Coast Conference includes Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Florida State University, University of Louisville, University of Miami, North Carolina State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Wake Forest University. 

With the majority of the conference, and the overwhelming majority of the conference honorees, it is clear where the future Atlantic Coast stars are playing youth soccer.

Congratulations to all of the ECNL Alumni being recognized by the ACC and selected for All Conference First Team, Second Team, Third Team or All-Freshman Team honors:

Name College ECNL Club
McKenzie Meehan Boston College Boston Breakers Academy
Alexis Shaffer Virginia CASL
Christina Gibbons Duke CASL
Claire Wagner Clemson CASL
Kaleigh Olmsted Notre Dame Challenge SC
Toni Payne Duke Concorde Fire
Alissa Gorzak Virginia Eclipse Select SC
Haley Dowd Boston College FC Stars of Massachusetts
Murielle Tiernan Virginia Tech FC Virginia
Ella Stevens Duke GSA
Jennifer Westendorf Notre Dame GSA
Gracie Lachowecki Miami Indiana Fire (formerly Carmel United)
Sandra Yu Notre Dame Internationals SC
Gabrielle Vincent Louisville Maryland United
Imani Dorsey Duke Maryland United
Kia Rankin NC State Maryland United
Bridgette Andrzejewski UNC Match Fit Academy
Malia Berkely Florida State Michigan Hawks
Megan Buckingham UNC Michigan Hawks
Zoe Morse Virginia Michigan Hawks
Kristen McFarland Florida State Ohio Premier
Kristina Fisher Miami Orlando City
Catrina Atanda Clemson PDA
Kristen McNabb Virginia PDA
Candace Cephers Virginia Tech Real Colorado
Cassie Miller Florida State SC Del Sol
Sarah Teegarden Wake Forest Slammers FC
Taylor Klawunder Notre Dame So Cal Blues
Kaela Little Notre Dame TSC Hurricane

The ECNL is more than four letters – it is the best platform for female soccer players in the United States, and the vision and goal of the best clubs, teams, and players in the country.  Become an ECNL athlete and start your path to college soccer now.

To view a listing of current ECNL Alums in the Atlantic Coast Conference, click here.


About Elite Clubs National League:  The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players for college and youth national teams through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs.  The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.   |   Facebook /theECNL  |  Twitter@theECNL

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