NORTON, Mass. – Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) and junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) have been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Soccer Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week, respectively.
Muse netted the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over MIT on Saturday afternoon. She stripped the ball from an MIT back, stepped into the box and tucked a shot under the crossbar 8:58 into the match. The goal was her third game-winner of the season and was instrumental in the Lyons dealing MIT its first conference loss of the season.
"Cassey is a competitor and she hates to lose," said Wheaton head coach Luis Reis. "She came into pre-season camp an improved, more mature and a more focused soccer player. She's added defending to her game as a forward, and it has brought her game to a higher level. It's good to see."
Leddy, meanwhile, extended her shutout streak to 509:31 with a pair of shutout victories last week. She made three saves in a 2-0 shutout of Wellesley of Tuesday afternoon, then came back to stop all seven shots in a 2-0 win against the Engineers to earn her seventh shutout of the season. In the process, she lowered her goals against average to 0.52 while increasing her save percentage to .887.
"Lindsay is in a zone. It is great to see her playing at this level after suffering an unfortunate season-ending injury early last year," said Reis. "She is focused and the team has confidence in her."
Leddy's selection marks the second-straight week she has earned NEWMAC weekly honors. Muse becomes the third Wheaton field player to earn Offensive POW honors this season, joining sophomore Joy-Marie Fernandes (Woburn, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) and senior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy).
Ranked 18th in last week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll, the Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Emmanuel for a 7 p.m. match.