Feb. 12, 2002
Charlottesville, Va. – After closing one of the most storied careers in the history of UVa women’s soccer, senior midfielder Lori Lindsey was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2002 WUSA draft by the San Diego Spirit.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be in San Diego,” Lindsey said. “It’s just such an honor to get the chance to play with big-time players like Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett and Shannon MacMillan. That’s one of the things that was so attractive about San Diego, because I know I can learn so much from them.”
Lindsey closed her career by leading the Cavaliers to an NCAA Semifinal appearance this past season, along with a 17-4-2 record, marking the second-most wins any team has had in the history of the program. The Cavaliers were 54-27-8 during her four years, including four NCAA Tournament appearances. Lindsey started in 85 of the 86 games she played in, tallying 33 goals and 10 assists, good enough for sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list. She was also a finalist for two prominent National Awards, the Hermann and Missouri Athletic Club Award.
In addition to being named ACC Player of the Year for a second year in a row, Lindsey was a Soccer America MVP, a four-time All-ACC selection, a 2001 Virginia State Player of the Year, as voted on by the Sports Information Directors of the state of Virginia (VaSID) and was a two-time NSCAA All-American.
“We’re all excited, in the program, about Lori,” head coach Steve Swanson added. “I don’t think the people close to her are surprised.. She has worked awful hard for this. To be drafted in the top five shows you what a great career she’s had here and how she’s improved. There’s a lot of people that can take credit for helping shape her success.”