ECNL College Impact – The 2016 Women’s College Cup
RICHMOND, VA (November 29, 2016) – Elite Clubs National League Alumni dominated the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup Final Four, with 78 ECNL Alums on the rosters of the four teams that competed to be crowned the 2016 NCAA National Champions.
After only seven years of ECNL soccer, the number of ECNL Alums playing at college soccer’s highest levels is staggering. In total, the Final Four featured 78 players that played in the ECNL as youth players:
- Georgetown – 22 ECNL Alums
- University of North Carolina – 26 ECNL Alums
- University of Southern California – 22 ECNL Alums
- West Virginia University – 8 ECNL Alums
Not only is the ECNL the broadest path to the top college women’s soccer teams and conferences in the country, the rosters of the best of the best in these programs are also ECNL Alums. The top four college teams in the country are dominated by ECNL Alums.
- 3 ECNL Alums on the 2016 Big East All-Conference First Team
- 2 ECNL Alums on the 2016 Big East All-Conference Second Team
- 1 ECNL Alum on the 2016 Big East All-Conference Freshman Team
- 2016 Big East Freshman of the Year is an ECNL Alum (Amanda Carolan, Match Fit Academy)
University of North Carolina
- 1 ECNL Alum on the 2016 ACC All-Conference First Team
- 1 ECNL Alum on the 2016 ACC All-Conference Second Team
- 1 ECNL Alum on the 2016 ACC All-Freshman Team
- 2016 ACC Freshman of the Year is an ECNL Alum (Bridgette Andrejewski, Match Fit Academy)
University of Southern California
- 3 ECNL Alums on the 2016 PAC-12 All-Conference First Team
- 2 ECNL Alums on the 2016 PAC-12 All-Conference Second Team
- 1 ECNL Alum on the 2016 PAC-12 All-Conference Freshman Team
- 2016 PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year is an ECNL Alum (Mandy Freeman, BOCA United)
- 2016 PAC-12 Goalkeeper of the Year is an ECNL Alum (Sammy Jo Prudhomme, So Cal Blues)
West Virginia University
- 1 ECNL Alum on the 2016 Big 12 All-Conference First Team
- 2016 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (Michaela Abam, Texas Rush)
Across college soccer, the “ECNL player” has become the epitome of the next generation collegiate soccer player. Congratulations to these players for continuing their journey of success in college, and representing what it means to be an ECNL Alum in the next stage of their playing careers.
To learn more about the ECNL College Impact, 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.
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