Purce will become the first Harvard player to appear in the NWSL (NWSL).
LOS ANGELES – Following an accolade-filled career with the Crimson, Harvard women's soccer's Margaret Purce was selected in the first round of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Draft Friday by the Boston Breakers. The ninth overall pick, Purce will become the first Harvard alumna to appear in the NWSL, and she is the highest Ivy pick in NWSL league history.
A first team All-American and semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, Purce was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career after netting 12 goals and passing out four assists for 28 total points, which led the Ancient Eight. Purce ended her Harvard career in third place on the Crimson career goals list with 42, a mark that also ranks seventh in the Ivy League record books. She is one of a select few to be a four-time first team All-Ivy honoree.
Purce has been a mainstay with the United States under-23 team over the past few seasons, most recently helping the Americans win the Nordic Tournament. She also helped the U17 team qualify for the U17 Women's World Cup prior to her Harvard tenure.
Harvard women's soccer went 10-4-3 in 2016, and captured its third Ivy title in the past four seasons.