Mawicke, Vincunas receive NSCAA regional honors

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College seniors Kaitlyn Mawicke (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) and Emily Vincunas (Granville, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) were each named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-New England First Team.

A First Team All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) selection, Mawicke led the conference in assists (eight) and finished third in points (20). She also scored eight goals – two of which were game-winners – and garnered a spot on the New England Intercollegiate Women's Soccer Association (NEWISA) Division III Second Team.

Vincunas, meanwhile, was also a First Team All-NEWMAC selection after recording 12 points (3-6-12) in 23 matches. She capped her career having appeared in 93 matches, which is tied for seventh in program history.

"I was confident that both student-athletes had a chance to become First Team All-New England players," said Wheaton head coach Luis Reis. "Kaitlyn is a great story. She struggled with an unfortunate number of injuries the previous three years and was finally able to stay healthy and piece it all together in her final season. She performed at the level I believed she could this season. I predicted in the summer that she could be an All-American for us. She was a shining example for younger players to look up to. I am so happy for her."

On Vincunas, Reis said, "Emily is the ultimate team player. She played attacking left back this season, which was a new position for us, and performed fantastic. She is a classy individual who was the difference maker in so many games and so many different ways this season. She leaves our program with a great legacy; wonderful person, great leader by example, coachable, respectful, accountable and fun to be around. I am proud to have coached both Emily and Kaitlyn."

A total of 13 student-athletes from the NEWMAC were honored by the NSCAA: four each from Springfield and Babson, three from MIT, and two from Wheaton.

The Lyons finished the 2011 season with a 16-4-3 record and appeared in their 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament. They were ranked No. 25 in the final d3soccer.com poll.

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