Trio of Lyons land on NEWMAC all-league teams, Hough makes history
WELLESLEY, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's soccer team had three of its players selected to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league team during Tuesday's postseason meeting at Wellesley College, including senior Emily Hough (Norwich, Vt./Hanover), who became the program's initial four-time all-conference first teamer.
The Lyons, who placed at least four players on all-league teams from 2000-09, had senior Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North) earn her fourth all-conference citation and sophomore Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) pick up her second. Viscomi was voted on the first squad for the third time of her career, while Muse, who garnered first-team honors as a freshman, was named to the second squad.
Hough and Viscomi joined an elite group of Wheaton players to have been selected to an all-league team all four years, as they became the fourth and fifth Lyons to do so. Christina Mirrione '99, Christy McHugh '04 and Erin Duffy '05 are the others.
Leading the team with 27 points and seven assists, Hough shares the goals pace with Muse, as each have 10. Among the league's top players, she ranks in a tie for second in assists, is alone in fourth in points and tied for fifth in goals. Hough has a pair of game-winning goals and has recorded 14 points in her last five games. With at least one more game to be played during this weekend's NCAA Tournament, she is fourth in program history in career assists (40), fifth in points (124) and tied for fifth in goals (42).
As the only Lyon with 22 starts this season, Viscomi is once again anchoring a stingy Wheaton defense from her center back position. The Lyons have surrendered more than one goal just three times and boast 10 shutouts with a 0.71 goals against average. Viscomi has also contributed on the offensive end of the field, placing fourth on the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists. Her game-winner came in the first match of the season against Roger Williams University.
Muse has 24 points on 10 goals and four assists while sharing the team lead with three game-winners. Her goal total is tied with Hough for fifth best in the NEWMAC, while her points stand alone in sixth. Muse posted back-to-back winners against Husson University and then-regionally-ranked Tufts University in September. Not even midway through her career, she already has 25 goals and 11 winners.
With a 16-4-2 overall record, Wheaton is making an appearance at the NCAA Tournament for the 11th consecutive season. Ranked sixth in New England according to the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, the Lyons reached their 16th straight conference tournament semifinal while finishing 6-3 in league play. Wheaton is set to play Mitchell College during Saturday's NCAA tourney opening round at Eastern Connecticut State University at 2:30 p.m.