McManus' move to offense helps garner NEWMAC weekly accolade

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's soccer senior Lyndsey McManus' (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) move from back to forward during the Lyons' three-game week sparked an offensive outburst, as she was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, September 27.

Picking up the second weekly conference honor of her career, McManus led the nationally-ranked Lyons to a 2-1 week with three goals and a trio of assists following a weekend position switch. During Wheaton's NEWMAC-opening 2-0 win at Mount Holyoke College on Saturday, she assisted the game-winning goal before scoring an insurance marker.

McManus then provided two goals and a pair of assists in a 5-0 victory over regionally-ranked Husson University on Sunday, netting the 11th-minute winner. In a 2-0 loss to perennial regional power Tufts University on Wednesday, McManus and her defensive counterparts limited the Jumbos to just nine shots.

Despite playing on the defensive side of the field for most of the season, McManus has played a hand in eight of Wheaton's 27 goals. She is second on the team with three goals and five assists and third with 11 points.

At 9-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, Wheaton is ranked 13th nationally and second in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Lyons next play host to Lesley University in non-conference action on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

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