NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College women's soccer senior student-athletes Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) and Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) have been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.
Vincunas recorded five points (2-1-5) to help the Lyons earn a pair of wins last week. She netted the game-winning goal with 1:41 remaining in the second overtime to lift Wheaton (8-1-2, 3-0-0 NEWMAC) to a 1-0 win at UMass Boston on Tuesday. Four days later, Vincunas had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 shutout win at Mount Holyoke. She now has six points (2-2-6) in her last four matches.
"She turned the corner last week," said Lyons head coach Luis Reis. "I had a conversation with her a week ago, and she felt that she was in a slump. She came out of it last week. Her overall play helped our team offensively and defensively."
Leddy, meanwhile, improved to 7-1-1 with a pair of shutout victories. She made six saves against the Beacons on Tuesday, then stopped four shots at Mount Holyoke. Dating back to a 3-0 win over Clark on Sept. 24, Leddy has not allowed a goal in her last 324:31 of action.
"It's great to see how well Lindsay is playing," said Reis. "Her confidence is very high at this point in her career. I am happy to see her recognized by the conference."
The Lyons - ranked No. 3 in the region and No. 21 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll last week - return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Wellesley for a 4 p.m. match.