Former St. John’s Star Whipp Going Pro In England

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Lucy Whipp. Photo: St. John's University.

Another former member of the St. John’s women’s soccer team is going pro.

Lucy Whipp, who in 2018 played her fourth and final season with the Red Storm, has signed a professional contract with BCFC Birmingham of the FA Women’s Super League in England. 

During her time in Queens playing for head coach Ian Stone, the Ormskirk, England, native played in 77 games with nine goals and 12 assists.

“Everyone that has been associated with Lucy at St. John’s is ecstatic for her,” said Stone. “Over her four years, Lucy regularly sacrificed her own statistics for the good of the team. She took on many roles and led by example throughout her time with us. We all wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

Whipp previously played for fellow FA Women’s Super League side Everton Ladies, where she made 20 appearances. Her first-team debut came in 2013 having progressed through the Toffee’s Centre of Excellence. 

She has also represented England from the U-15 level through to the U-23s.

During her senior season with St. John’s, Whipp played a key role in helping the Red Storm reach the first round of the Big East Tournament for the 15th time in program history. She started in all 19 matches for the Red Storm, recording a career-high four goals over her senior campaign and adding two assists. 

Whipp is also the lastest St. John’s alumna to go pro. Recently, Christina Bellero and Claudia Cagnina signed contracts to play professionally in Switzerland with Football Femminile Lugano 1976 of Lega Nazionale A. They join their former Red Storm teammate Samie Scaffidi at Lugano.

In addition, former St. John’s All-American Rachel Daly plays for the Houston Dash in the NWSL. Daly also spent part of her summer at the World Cup in France as part of England’s women’s national team. Another former member of the Johnnies, Shea Connors, turned pro in 2018 beginning her career in Iceland. She is currently playing professionally in Brisbane, Australia.