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Boston Breakers add three players to roster for Saturday’s match at Sky Blue FC

SOMERVILLE, MA – With U.S. Women’s National Team players Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux and Canadian defender Rhian Wilkinson on international duty ahead of Sunday’s game between the U.S. and Canada, the Boston Breakers have called up midfielder Kate Russell and defenders Maddy Evans and Jen LaPonte. All three players have been with the Breakers since the preseason.

Last summer, Evans played for the Boston Breakers reserve team, Aztec MA, in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). Evans, who has trained with the Breakers the past two years, helped lead Aztec MA to the 2012 WPSL Northeast Division title. She had great success in college, guiding the Nittany Lions to the 2012 College Cup final. Team captain in 2012 and an All-Big Ten Second Team selection the same season, Evans finished her Penn State career with 11 goals and nine assists for 30 points.

As a senior at the University of Colorado, Russell led the team in goals scored (4) and points (10). She ranks in the top 3 in school history in career assists (16). She scored 10 goals in her four-year career with Colorado. As a freshman in 2008, Russell ranked seventh in the Big 12 with seven assists. As a junior, she was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team.

LaPonte had a stellar career at Santa Clara University. She received All-WCC Honorable Mention honors in as a sophomore in 2009, leading a back line that held opponents to 0.90 goals per game. LaPonte also was a member of U.S. Youth National Teams (U-14 to U-20). In 2010, she was called into camp with the U20s to train with the team ahead of the 2010 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Name: Maddy Evans
Position: Defender
Number: 18
Height: 5-6
Born: April 21, 1991
Hometown: Glenside, Pa.
College: Penn State University
Citizenship: United States

Name: Jen LaPonte
Position: Defender
Number: 28
Height: 5-4
Born: July 3, 1990
Hometown: Castro Valley, Calif.
College: Santa Clara University
Citizenship: United States

Name: Kate Russell
Position: Midfielder
Number: 26
Height: 5-7
Born: Oct. 17, 1989
Hometown: Longmont, Co.
College: University of Colorado
Citizenship: United States