Four players garner all-conference honors, two named to first team

Four players garner all-conference honors, two named to first team

NORTON, Mass.- The Wheaton College men's soccer team had four of its players named to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league squad Tuesday afternoon, including a pair of first teamers in senior Max Swanson (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and sophomore Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings).

Senior David Turina (North Yarmouth, Maine/Northfield Mount Hermon School) and sophomore Luke Finkelstein (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) picked up second-team laurels, as the pair earned all-league accolades for the second straight season.  Blair also garnered all-conference honors for the second consecutive fall, while Swanson was named to a team for the first time in his career.

A starter in all 20 games, Swanson contributed to both the offensive and defensive sides of the field.  He helped anchor a defense that posted four shutouts and limited the opposition to one goal or less 13 times.  Swanson tied for third on the team with four goals and tied for fourth with nine points.  He recorded the winning marker during Wheaton's home-opening win over Salem State University, scored the team's lone goal in a tie against New England College and twice tallied in a loss to Babson College.  Swanson's assist came in a 2-2 double-overtime draw at Trinity College.

Blair finished the season as one of the most prolific scorers in the conference, tying for second in goals during league games and tying for third overall.  He also stands third in overall points and fourth in points during conference play.  Turning in a trio of game-winning goals, Blair recorded at least a point in 10 of the 19 games in which he played.  He also became just the sixth player in program history to post seven points, as he figured in all four of Wheaton's goals with a hat trick and an assist during the Lyons' 4-0 win over Clark University.

Starting in Wheaton's first 15 games as a back before sustaining an injury, Turina helped lead a defense that posted three shutouts and held opponents to one goal or less 11 times in the matches he played.  He contributed on the offensive end with a goal and three assists.  His helpers came in wins over Husson University and Western New England University and a loss to Babson.  Turina also scored in Wheaton's victory over Southern Vermont College.

Finkelstein is ranked third in the NEWMAC in overall assists with eight, which led the team and is two shy of the league leader.  Taking the bulk of the team's corner kicks, he recorded at least one assist in seven games and had two helpers during the Lyons 4-0 win at Husson.  Finkelstein also scored twice and had the game-winning goal against Colby-Sawyer College.  In just two seasons, he is quickly approaching Wheaton's top-10 list for assists in a career.

The Lyons posted a record of 9-7-4 this fall with a 2-2-2 conference mark.  Wheaton qualified to the five-team league tournament before falling in overtime to eventual champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).