NORTON, Mass. - After three seasons under head coach Cara Reese, the Lyons have continued to make steady progress each year, finishing 2015 with its second consecutive .500 season. Wheaton expects nothing less from the 2016 season.
In 2015, Wheaton went 9–8 overall, while finishing tied for seventh in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for the third straight season. The Lyons opened the season strong, posting their first 5–0 record in 24 years.
"Our team welcomes back a solid core of returners and leadership, as well as seven dynamic first-year players. Our competitive level is expected to rise due to our leadership, depth and focus that has been exuded over the past two weeks of training," said head coach Cara Reese. "We are prepared to face our increased strength of schedule and are determined to make an impact both within the NEWMAC and Regionally."
Amelia Gage is one of those players returning who is slated to make an immediate impact on the field. Last season Gage was honored with a spot on both the NEWMAC All-Conference and National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region Second Teams. The midfielder set several single-season records in 2015, moving into fourth in a single season in assists (10), seventh in points (32) and ninth in goals (11). Heading into her final season with the Lyons, Gage is currently ninth all-time in career points (55) and fifth in career assists (19), while sitting just three goals shy of the top-10 in career goals.
The program was also recognized for its work in the classroom following last season, picking up a NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the fourth consecutive year. The National Academic Team Award recognizes teams that achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher during the field hockey season.
The Blue and White also saw a program-record seven student-athletes named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team in Kelsey Buckley, Mikaela Coombs, Hailey Kohler, Emma Peterson, Alissa Rams, Hannah Southard and Gage.