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State pro notes: UW alum Lavelle named NWSL Player of the Month

05/04/2017, 5:45pm CDT
Rose Lavelle

Rose Lavelle (UW) was the top pick in the National Women's Soccer League College Draft in January. And after her first three matches as a professional player, the Boston Breakers midfielder was named the league's top player for the first month of the season.

Lavelle, who turns 22 on May 14, was selected as the NWSL Player of the Month on Wednesday by the NWSL Media Association. North Carolina FC midfielder Debinha was second in the voting, while Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai was third. All three players also were on the league's Team of the Month announced Thursday.

It was a quite a first month of the season for Lavelle and the Breakers.

She scored her first professional goal Saturday, running onto a great ball from Adriana Leon and finishing in the 15th minute as host Boston thumped the Seattle Reign 3-0. (Watch highlights below) It was the Breakers' first victory over the Reign, who hadn't lost any of the first 10 meetings between the teams (9-0-1). Lavelle, who has become a regular for the U.S. national team this year, also had an assist and played 262 of a possible 270 minutes as Boston (2-1) posted two wins in a month for the first time since May 2015.

On Twitter: @roselavelle

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