NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College field head coach Rebecca Begley picked up her 100th win at the school during Tuesday afternoon's 7-0 triumph over Clark University in the opening round of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament at Faxon Field in Rehoboth.
Begley came to Wheaton after earning 14 victories in 1997 at Kenyon College. Since relinquishing her women's lacrosse head coaching duties following the 2005 spring season, Begley has guided the Lyon field hockey squad to a 67-53 record. In those six seasons, four rank among the top six in program history for most wins, including the 2006 team that went 15-8 and advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title game.
Since 2006, Begley's teams have boasted a 25-15 mark in the NEWMAC. This weekend's conference tournament semifinal appearance will be Wheaton's fourth in the last five years, as the Lyons advanced to three straight semifinals from 2006-08. Wheaton also tied for second three times during the NEWMAC's regular season while taking third in 2006.
Begley's first squad finished ninth in the conference during the 2000 campaign and missed the postseason, but the Lyons have qualified for the tournament every year since. In 2007 and 2008, Wheaton's bid to reach its first league tourney championship game since 1997 fell just short, as the Lyons lost both semifinal games in overtime to Wellesley College.
The 2007 team went 13-7 and advanced to the ECAC Tournament for the second consecutive season, while the 2008 squad finished with a 12-7 record. Standing at 13-7 this fall, including a 6-2 showing in the league, third-seeded Wheaton faces second seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this Saturday in a 3:00 p.m. semifinal at Babson College.