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Washington Spirit selects USWNT midfielder Rose Lavelle with top overall pick in NWSL Dispersal Draft

Boyds, MD (January 30, 2018) – The Washington Spirit selected U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Rose Lavelle with the No. 1 overall pick in Tuesday’s NWSL Dispersal Draft.

The club went on to select defender Elizabeth Wenger with the No. 17 pick and forward Tiffany Weimer with the No. 20 pick, before passing on the No. 35 pick.

Lavelle, 22, has scored two goals over the course of her first seven appearances with the senior U.S. national team. After the Boston Breakers made Lavelle the top pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, the University of Wisconsin product netted two goals in 10 games for the Breakers during her rookie season.

Wenger recently completed her senior season at Georgetown University, where she earned United Soccer Coaches All-America honors this fall. The 2017 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year anchored a Hoyas back line which allowed only seven goals in 21 games. She was selected with the No. 17 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft by the Breakers.

Weimer returns to Washington having first played for the Spirit from 2014-2015. She made 17 NWSL appearances in 2017 with Boston, recording one assist. In 2016, the Penn State alum scored five goals in 10 games for Swedish club Kvarnsvedens IK.

The Spirit has announced two exhibition games which will be included in the club’s 2018 NWSL preseason schedule. Washington will return to Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va. for the second straight year on Saturday’s March 10 for a friendly against 22-time women’s college champion University of North Carolina. [TICKETS]

On March 17, the Spirit will host the first ever NWSL match played in Richmond, Va. when they face the North Carolina Courage at the historic City Stadium. Tickets for the game in Richmond are on sale now at RichmondKickers.com. [TICKETS]

Washington Spirit 2018 Season Tickets are on sale now at Tickets.WashingtonSpirit.com.

Rose Lavelle (Round 1, Pick 1)
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-4
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Wisconsin

Elizabeth Wenger (Round 2, Pick 8)
Position: Defender
Height: 5-8
Hometown: Lititz, PA
College: Georgetown

Tiffany Weimer (Round 3, Pick 2)
Position: Forward
Height: 5-3
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
College: Penn State