December 9, 2009

Five Lyons earn NEWISA all-region honors, most in New England

NORTON, MA- Five Wheaton College women's soccer players earned New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) all-region honors this fall, with senior Lyndsey McManus (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) landing on the first team. Classmate Rosie Levy (Torrance, CA/Chadwick School), juniors Emily Hough (Norwich, VT/Hanover) and Alessia Viscomi (Newton, MA/Newton North), and freshman Cassey Muse (Candia, NH/Central) were all second-squad picks.

Wheaton's quintet was the most among institutions honored by NEWISA and was joined by three other New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) players on the top two teams. Hough and McManus each drew their third NEWISA accolade, while Levy and Viscomi earned their second apiece. At least five Lyons were honored for the fifth time in eight seasons.

McManus was named to the second team last fall after landing on the third squad as a sophomore. The captain split time between back and forward while tallying seven goals and nine assists, providing three game-winning goals, and completing her career tied for ninth in program history in games (92). McManus also earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England and all-conference honors, was named an ECAC All-Star and appeared in the NEWISA Senior Bowl.

A third-team pick in 2007, Levy made 18 starts in the midfield while appearing in all 24 contests this fall. The captain tallied four goals, including the tying marker in an eventual 2-1 loss against Middlebury College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I selection, Levy finished her career with 10 goals and 23 assists in 88 games before appearing with McManus in the NEWISA Senior Bowl.

Hough had been a third-team selection each of the past two years. 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 NSCAA all-region and NEWMAC All-Conference honors and was an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star.

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) and paced 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. The captain earned NSCAA all-region and all-league nods this fall after landing on the NEWISA third squad as a sophomore.

The NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Muse led the league in points (34), goals (15) and game-winners (8). The striker netted a least one goal in 13 contests, including each of her first six games, while scoring at then-nationally-ranked Western Connecticut State University during an eventual 2-1 victory. Muse also assisted Levy's tally against Middlebury during the NCAA Tournament.

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 receiving national votes and 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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