Viscomi becomes fifth Lyon to earn multiple All-America honors

NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's soccer senior back Alessia Viscomi (Newton, Mass./Newton North) became the program's fifth player to draw multiple National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru All-America honors.  One of just nine repeat winners among the 41 players selected to three different teams, Viscomi was one of only five New England players tabbed to the three squads.

Viscomi, who picked up second-team honors as a sophomore, was named to this year's third squad.  In addition to boasting at least one All-American in 11 of the last 12 seasons, the Lyons placed a defensive player on a team for the eighth time in the last nine years.  Viscomi joins Alison Bimba '03, Tracy Prihoda '04, Erin Duffy '05 and Erin Davis '08 as the only Wheaton players to collect more than one All-America accolade.

As one of 11 backs from around the country selected to an All-America team, Viscomi was one of four defenders from a New England school to receive attention and one of two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) players to draw an honor.

Viscomi anchored a defense that blanked teams 12 times while holding opponents to one goal or fewer on 21 occasions.  The lone Lyon to start all 24 games, Viscomi pushed Wheaton to its 11th straight NCAA Tournament.  Tallying points in 10 games, she was among the team leaders with five goals, five assists and 15 points.  Her game-winning goal came in the season opener at NCAA Tournament team Roger Williams University.

Tabbed to NSCAA All-New England and NEWMAC All-Conference teams each of her four years, Viscomi started in 90 of the 92 games in which she played.  Since her arrival, Wheaton has gone 73-15-8, including 28-5-3 in league play.  The Lyons also competed in four NCAA Tournaments, had a hand in three NEWMAC regular season crowns and won one conference tournament championship.

Wheaton finished 2010 with a 17-4-3 record, going 6-3 in the NEWMAC, while advancing at least as far as the NCAA Tournament second round for the 10th time.  The Lyons are ranked 22nd in the NSCAA's final national poll.

The NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America teams are determined through voting by NSCAA member coaches.  The honorees will be invited to the NSCAA All-America luncheon on Saturday, January 15, as part of the 64th annual NSCAA Convention in Baltimore.

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