December 3, 2009

Hough and McManus earn postseason accolades from ECAC

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's soccer senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) and junior Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) were each named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Stars, with McManus landing on the first team and Hough receiving a second-squad honor. The two were among four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) players selected to 22 spots by the ECAC.

A dual threat as both a back and a forward this fall, McManus was second in the NEWMAC in assists (9), sixth in points (23) and ninth in goals (7). Despite intermittently serving as a striker for the first time in her soccer career, McManus provided at least one point in 10 contests while scoring three game-winners and assisting three others. McManus, who has twice been an all-region and an all-conference player, completed her career with 19 goals, 24 assists and 62 points while appearing in 92 games, tying for the ninth-most appearances by a Lyon in program history. A team captain, she is set to appear in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl on Sunday.

Hough also split time between back and forward, finishing first in the league in assists (10) and tying for eighth in points (20). She produced three game-winning goals, including while scoring both of her team's tallies in a 2-0 victory over Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hough also assisted a game-winner against a NEWMAC foe. A three-time all-league pick and a two-time all-region selection, she is seventh in program history in career assists (33), eighth in points (97) and ninth in goals (32).

Wheaton qualified for its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament after gaining at least a share of the NEWMAC regular season title for the 11th straight season. The Lyons, who are ranked fifth in New England in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, posted an 18-4-2 record, including a 6-1-2 conference mark. Wheaton advanced at least as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time.

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