Wheaton trio earns NEWMAC league honors
WORCESTER, MA- Three Wheaton College women's lacrosse players earned the first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league honors of their respective careers on Wednesday during the postseason coaches meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The Lyons placed two on the first team for the first time since 2006.
Junior keeper Marianna Marcellino (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy) and sophomores Hailey Colburn (Concord, NH/Concord) and Brittany Whynot (Fountain Hills, AZ/Fountain Hills) were all lauded. Colburn and Whynot landed on the first team, as the Lyons put a pair of underclassmen on the top squad for the first time since 2003. Marcellino became the first Wheaton keeper since A.J. Vasiliou '05 in 2005 to earn an all-conference nod.
Colburn is the only player in the NEWMAC to have posted at least 50 goals and 25 assists, as the attack player was the first Lyon to reach those milestones in the same season. She stands second in the league in points (78), third in goals per game and assists (26), and fourth in goals (52). She is also first in free-position goals (19) and tied for third in game-winning tallies (3) while pacing the squad in caused turnovers (21) and placing second in draw controls (36).
Colburn connected on 47.7 percent of her shots, including turning in a 57.6 percent success rate on free-position tries. She recorded at least two points in every game, tallying four or more 12 times. Colburn posted the second-highest assist total in program history, coming within three of the 10-year-old school record, and finished ninth in points.
In NEWMAC play, Whynot ranked second in the league in ground balls per game and tied for sixth in goals per contest. Overall, she led Wheaton in ground balls (29) and was third in draw controls (26) from her midfield spot. Whynot also tied for second in goals (26) and was third in points (31). She scooped up multiple ground balls nine times and posted seven hat tricks, recording at least one point in all but one game while controlling multiple draws eight times.
Marcellino led all conference goalkeepers in saves per game during NEWMAC action while placing second in save percentage and third in goals against average, as she played 323:44 of the team's 366 league minutes. She yielded eight goals or less 12 times overall while notching at least eight saves against five different teams, all NEWMAC squads.
The Lyons completed the spring 5-11 overall and 2-4 in NEWMAC play, falling in the opening round of the league tournament. Five of Wheaton's losses came by four goals or less.