WORCESTER, MA- The Wheaton College women's soccer team turned in a league-best four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league first-team selections, and freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) was named rookie of the year during Tuesday's coaches meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Accruing four first teamers for the second time in three seasons, this year marked the 10th straight in which at least four Lyons were named to all-conference teams.
Muse joined senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) and juniors Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) and Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA/Newton North) on the first team. Hough is the first Lyon since Erin Brennan '05 and Erin Duffy '05 in 2002, 2003 and 2004 to garner all-league first-team accolades for three straight seasons. Viscomi was selected to the first team for the second time to go alongside last year's second-team honor, while McManus drew her second straight first-team award. Muse is the seventh player in program history to be chosen as the conference's top rookie.
In addition to leading the league in points (33), goals (15) and game-winners (8), Muse paced all NEWMAC players during conference action in goals (7) and game-winners (4) and tied for first in points (14). The striker netted a least one goal in 13 contests, including each of her first six games this fall, while one of her conference winners came in overtime against then-regionally-ranked Babson College. Muse also scored at then-nationally-ranked Western Connecticut State University during an eventual 2-1 victory.
A dual threat as a back and a forward at different times this season, McManus is second among league players in assists (9), sixth in points (23) and ninth in goals (7) while tying for first in assists (4) and tying for seventh in points (10) during conference play. A starting striker in five NEWMAC games and a back in the other four, McManus keyed an offense that leads the league in scoring while assisting a defense that yields the fewest goals in the conference and posts the most shutouts. McManus provided at least one point in 10 contests while scoring three game-winners and assisting three others. She is also a two-time all-region player.
Hough has also split time between the forward line and the backfield, as she ranks first in the league in assists (10) and is tied for 10th in points (16). During her seven NEWMAC contests, Hough produced a game-winner at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) while assisting another winner. Against Western Connecticut State, she netted the winner and assisted the first goal after providing three assists in a 4-0 triumph over 2008 NCAA Tournament qualifier Roger Williams University. A two-time all-region selection, Hough is seventh in program history in career assists (33), eighth in points (93) and tied for ninth in goals (30).
Viscomi has made 20 of her 22 appearances as a starter in the backfield, serving as a lock-down defender for a squad that paces the conference in goals against average and shutouts during both league play and overall action. The team yielded only nine goals in 1,841:10 during the contests in which Viscomi appeared. Last fall, she drew a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America accolade. Viscomi is also a two-time all-region player.
Wheaton claimed a share of its 11th consecutive NEWMAC regular season crown before advancing to a conference tournament semifinal for the 15th straight fall. At 17-3-2 and ranked fifth in New England by the NSCAA, the Lyons are gearing up for their 10th successive NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend, when they will face Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in a Saturday first-round contest at Middlebury College at 1:30 p.m.