BALTIMORE, Md., Jan. 14, 2011 - James Madison senior midfielder Teresa Rynier (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) was selected in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Independence in the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Draft on Friday.
"I didn't expect it and I am just in awe," Rynier said. "I am excited to go try out and prove myself worthy to play with such great players. Everything I have ever wanted, this is the last step. This is what's left for me and it's a great opportunity."
A 2010 Third Team All-American and three-time First Team All-CAA selection, Rynier was the 23rd overall pick (Round four, Pick four) by the Independence. She followed men's soccer senior CJ Sapong (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) as the second JMU soccer player to be drafted in as many days.
"I think it has been an exciting week for JMU soccer with CJ being drafted tenth yesterday and Teresa being picked up by Philadelphia today," Women's Soccer Head Coach Dave Lombardo said. "It's a tribute to two great soccer programs."
While at JMU, Rynier set school and Colonial Athletic Association records for career assists with 53 and completed her career tied fourth on JMU's all-time points list (93) and 13th on the goals list (20).
This past season, she ranked ninth in NCAA Division I in total assists (13), tied for 10th in assists per game (0.57) and tied for 29th in total points (31).
"We can't be more excited for her," Lombardo said. "I've never seen a kid more deserving than her."