December 9, 2010

Ferriero and Moreira again named NSCAA All-New England players

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College men's soccer seniors David Ferriero (Medway, Mass./Medway) and Yuri Moreira (Marlboro, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) were named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-New England players for the second consecutive season.

Moreira, who is now eligible for the All-America ballot, was tabbed to the NSCAA All-New England East first team for the second straight year, while Ferriero was voted to the second squad.  The tandem was among six New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) players on four teams split between the East and West, marking the 13th time in the last 16 seasons that at least two Lyons earned all-region honors from the NSCAA.

Moreira paced this year's forwards with nine goals and four game-winners while sharing the team lead with 20 points.  Tallying points in nine games, among Moreira's winners came in a 2-1 victory over Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the semifinal round of the NEWMAC Tournament.  He also scored against Babson College in the final.  Leaving Wheaton as the program's second all-time leading scorer with 44 goals and 96 points, Moreira earned all-league honors for the third straight season.

Ferriero anchored a defense that finished first in the conference in shutouts per game (.40) and tied for first in overall shutouts (8).  He played an integral part on a unit that allowed one goal or fewer 14 times.  Ferriero also scored in back-to-back games against strong regional foes Keene State College and Western New England College.  He is one of just three Lyons in program history to garner all-conference first-team accolades three times.

Wheaton posted an overall record of 11-6-3 and a conference mark of 3-2-1.  The Lyons advanced to the NEWMAC Tournament championship game for the ninth time in 13 years before falling to eventual NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team Babson.  The Blue and White ranked in a tie for 10th in the final NSCAA regional poll.

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