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Sept. 14, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Virginia women’s soccer player and current Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Rookie of the Year for the 2015 NWSL season, the league announced Monday.

Colaprico, 22, started all 20 games for the Red Stars this season and played all but 24 minutes this season – amassing 1,776 minutes.

The Freehold Township, N.J. native scored one goal this season – the only tally in a 1-0 victory over Sky Blue FC on May 2 – and helped Chicago earn 33 points with an 8-3-9 record for a second-place finish to the regular season.

Colaprico ranked eighth in the league with 46 corner kicks to go along with five shots on goal. She was an integral part of the third-ranked defensive unit in the league that allowed 22 goals and recorded six shutouts.

The NWSL awards are voted on by a selection of journalists that cover the league on a consistent basis, club officials, players and fans.

At Virginia last season, Colaprico helped the Cavaliers to a second consecutive appearance in the College Cup and a berth in the finals of the annual event. She helped Virginia finish as semifinalists in 2013 before last season’s runner-up finish.

She finished the 2014 season as the team-leader and single-season leader in assists with 19, and her 100 games played set the program record for games played in a career. She is the all-time assist leader (44) with a single-season record seven game-winning assists in 2014.

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