Lyons' 17 wins in 2013 ranks tied for fifth all-time
CANTON, N.Y. – The Wheaton College men's soccer team saw its NCAA Tournament run come to a close on Sunday afternoon as St. Lawrence University, ranked No. 16 overall in the final regular season National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, earned an 8-0 triumph against the Lyons at MacAllaster Field.
Wheaton concludes its season at 17-6-0 finishing tied for fifth all-time in wins in program history. The Lyons made their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance this fall after claiming their eighth New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship over MIT by a 1-0 score. Wheaton's 52 goals this year ranks sixth all-time, while its nine shutouts is tied for ninth all-time.
Individually, Travis Blair (Hastings, N.Y./Hastings) ends his junior campaign ranked third all-time in goals (17) in a single season and tied for fourth all-time in points (39). Luke Finkelstein's (Peabody, Mass./Peabody) nine assists is tied for ninth all-time, while sophomore goalkeeper Matt Dickey's (Newton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) 15 victories is fifth all-time and his nine shutouts rank tied for second all-time. Dickey also stopped 81 shots on the year, good enough for seventh all-time in a single season.
The Scarlet and Brown (17-2-2) will take on No. 2 Amherst College in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament at time and date to be determined later.
Sophomore Ryan Grant (Mississauga, Ontario/Streetsville Secondary) netted his first career hat-trick to fuel St. Lawrence offensively. The Saints jumped out a 5-0 lead at halftime behind two markers from senior Andrew Bednarsky (Hackettstown, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) and never looked back en route to scoring the most goals in an NCAA Tournament game in their program's history. St. Lawrence also stopped the Lyons' eight-game winning streak which ranks fifth all-time.
Wheaton College head coach Matt Cushing will enter his 21st season next year 12 wins shy of reaching the 300-career victories plateau after guiding the Lyons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. Entering the 2013 season, only 39 NCAA Division III coaches have reached 300 career wins all-time (minimum ten years at an NCAA Division III school). Cushing's .730 winning percentage coming into this season ranked 19th all-time (271-88-39) among all NCAA Division III men's soccer coaches.