November 10, 2009

Abel awarded NEWMAC All-Conference honor for first time in career

WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College field hockey senior back Cassie Abel (Windham, NH/Salem) was awarded a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league honor for the first time in her career during Tuesday's postseason meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  She was named to the second team.

A starter in all but one of Wheaton's 18 games, Abel anchored a Lyon defense that limited opponents scoring to no more than one goal seven times, including against four conference teams.  During the regular season, Wheaton's defense surrendered 15 goals in league play, just two shy of the NEWMAC leader.

Abel served as the trailer on defensive penalty corners for a team that yielded nine goals on 144 attempts.  On the offensive side of the field, she provided assists in two non-conference victories over River College and Simmons College before contributing a goal and a helper in a 3-2 loss at league foe Babson College.

Tied for second at Wheaton in career games played with 80, Abel helped lead the Lyons into the NEWMAC Tournament, where they fell to top seed Wellesley College.  Wheaton finished the fall with a 6-12 overall record and a 2-6 league mark.

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