PHILADELPHIA - University of Hartford standout Damion Lowe was chosen eighth overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday in Philadelphia. Lowe, a junior defender for the Hawks last season, was the Seattle Sounders FC's first-round pick.
A first-team All-America East standout as well as an All-Northeast Region selection, Lowe helped lead Hartford to two America East title games in his three years there. He appeared in 43 career matches, racking up 20 points on eight goals and four assists and helping the Hawks shut out 15 foes. This season, Lowe led a unit that compiled a program-record 0.91 team GAA, which led the Hawks towards earning their best record since 1996.
Lowe is America East's highest MLS selection since Hartford's Rob Jachym went third overall in 1997. Overall, America East has had six former stars taken in the 18 years of the league while several others have been taken in the Supplemental Draft or signed as free agents, including including Bouna Coundoul. A two-time America East Goalkeeper of the Year for Albany who appeared in 99 career MLS games and three-time Midfielder of the Year Leo Fernandes, who played in seven games for Philadelphia last year.
Rounds three and four of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft take place Tuesday. UMBC's Pete Caringi III and Kadeem Dacres are potential draftees.
America East MLS SuperDraft Selections 2014 Damion Lowe, Hartford 1st Round (8th) Seattle 2011 Levi Houapeau, UMBC 3rd Round (41st) Philadelphia 2010 Samuel Appiah, Boston U. 3rd Round (46th) Houston 2009 Steward Ceus, Albany 3rd Round (37th) Colorado 2004 Andrew Dorman, Boston U. 4th Round (58th) New England 1997 Rob Jachym, Hartford 1st Round (3rd) Columbus