No. 2 Wheaton takes on No. 3 MIT in NEWMAC Semifinal on Saturday
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's soccer team has earned the No. 2 seed in this week's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament and will travel to Springfield, Mass. on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest with No. 3 MIT at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.
Ranked fifth in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) – New England Region poll, the Lyons finished the regular season with a mark of 15-2-3 (7-1-1 NEWMAC) and closed the season on a 13-1-2 run. Wheaton enters the tournament off a 9-0 win over Coast Guard on Senior Day this past Saturday, a win which secured the Lyons 13th consecutive season with at least 15 wins under head coach Luis Reis. The Lyons are also appearing in the conference semifinals for the 15th consecutive season.
Junior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) leads the Lyons in goals (nine) and points (23), both of which rank second in the NEWMAC. Senior Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) is tied for third in scoring (19 points) in the NEWMAC – including a conference-high seven assists. Junior Samantha Cronin (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) is second in assists (six) while Muse is tied for third (five) with senior Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy). Mawicke finished the season with 14 points (5-4-14) in her last 10 matches - including two game-winning goals (Emmanuel, Salem State).
In goal, senior and three-time NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Warwick) owns a conference-high 14 wins to go along with a 0.45 goals against average (2nd, NEWMAC) and a .902 save percentage (3rd, NEWMAC). Her 10 shutouts are tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in program history while her 14 wins rank eighth.
The Engineers finished their regular season 12-3-2 (6-1-2 NEWMAC) and advanced to the semifinals by virtue of a 1-0 win over No. 6 Wellesley Tuesday afternoon in Cambridge. Junior and leading-scorer Emily Kuo (Chicago, Ill./University of Chicago Laboratory) scored the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute.
Kuo finished fourth in the NEWMAC in points with 17 (6-5-17) while freshman Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn./Phillips Academy) was next with 12 points (5-2-12). Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) tied for second in the conference in wins (13) and sits fourth in both GAA (0.57) and save percentage (.897).
Wheaton owns a 26-7-1 all-time record against MIT, including a 2-0 win at Mirrione Stadium earlier this season. Muse scored the game-winning goal at 8:58 and senior Bailey Bowling (Littleton, Colo./Littleton) added an insurance marker at 68:29.
In the other semifinal, top-seed Springfield will face the winner of No. 4 Babson/No. 5 Clark (Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.) at noon on Saturday. The championship match will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. in Springfield.