Sesay Named Athlete of the Year; Coven Coach of the Year; Lyons Place Three on All-Conference

Sesay Named Athlete of the Year; Coven Coach of the Year; Lyons Place Three on All-Conference

BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's soccer team had three athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams, including senior Amara Sesay who was named Men's Soccer Athlete of the Year. With his selection as athlete of the year, Sesay was named to the NEWMAC first-team, while Sean Hurlburt and Curran Wait were both named to the second-team. Lyons interim head coach Mike Coven was also honored, being selected the 2017 Coach of the Year by his peers. 

Sesay concluded the season playing in and starting all 17 games up front for Wheaton, where the co-captain scored a NEWMAC leading 18 goals, which ties the Wheaton individual season record set by Dan Antoniuk in 1999 and 2000. Sesay's total goals in 10th best in NCAA Division III men's soccer. The senior also ranks sixth in the nation in points per game (2.47), goals per game (1.06), 16th in total points (42) and 24th in shots on goal per game (2.29). Sesay ended the year with four game-winning goals, which is a NEWMAC best, as are his 42 points (18 goals / six assists). 

Wait, a junior midfielder played in and started 16 games for the Lyons, finishing the season with four goals and five assists for 13 points. Wait's five assists ranked him sixth in the NEWMAC, while his four goals are 13th best. 

A mainstay and leader on defense, Hurlburt started in 15 games for Wheaton, while playing in 16 of the Lyons 17 games. A co-captain, Hurlburt helped the Lyons hold their opponents to a .146 shots on goal percentage. Hurlburt also netted one goal, while dishing out four assists throughout the season. 

Coven picks up his first NEWMAC Coach of the Year honor after graciously stepping in as interim head coach for Wheaton following the sudden passing of Matt Cushing in August. 

Wheaton concluded the season with a 7-8-2 overall record and 2-4-1 conference standing.