December 7, 2009

Wheaton trio lands on NSCAA All-New England squads

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's soccer senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) and juniors Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) and Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA/Newton North) each landed National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-New England accolades, with Hough placing on the first team and McManus and Viscomi earning second-squad honors.

Viscomi nabbed her third honor in as many seasons after placing on the fourth team as a freshman and the first team in 2008. For Hough and McManus, the accolade was each their second from the NSCAA. The trio was among just five New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) players on the first and second teams. It marked the fourth straight year and the ninth time in the past 10 seasons that at least three Lyons drew all-region laurels from the NSCAA.

Hough, whose inclusion on the top team makes her eligible for the All-America ballot, placed on the second squad as a sophomore and was the lone NEWMAC representative on the first team this fall. The junior split time between back and forward, tallying a team-high 10 assists while notching 20 points. Three of her goals were game-winners, 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 drew NEWMAC All-Conference honors and was an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star.

McManus was selected to the second team for the second straight season, as she split time between back and forward this fall while tallying seven goals and nine assists. She also provided three game-winning goals and completed her career tied for ninth in program history in games played (92). McManus also earned all-league honors, was named an ECAC All-Star and appeared in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer (NEWISA) Senior Bowl.

An All-America pick following the 2008 season, Viscomi started 21 of 24 games in the backfield this past fall, serving as a lock-down defender for a squad that is 10th in Division III in goals against average (0.45) while pacing the NEWMAC in GAA and shutouts (16). Wheaton allowed only 11 goals all season and yielded multiple tallies on just three occasions. Offensively, Viscomi scored one game-winner and assisted another. She earned an all-league nod this fall.

Wheaton qualified for its 10th successive 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 the region by the NSCAA, went 18-4-2, including 6-1-2 in the league. Wheaton advanced at least as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time.

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