NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's lacrosse team advanced to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Tournament semifinals for the sixth-straight season in 2016, after posting a 9–9 record overall and 6–2 mark in league play. The Lyons look to not only make the conference tournament in 2017, but return to the championship game.
The Lyons will be without three key players from last season, including Brooke Sabol '16, who wrapped up her career with her second straight Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire All-Region First-Team accolade, while also earning a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference First-Team. Sabol was joined on the All-Conference list by Mia Cambi '16 (first-team) and Jenna Tewksbury '16 (second-team).
Sabol wrapped up her four-year career ranking third all-time at Wheaton in career assists (59), fourth in draw controls (144), fifth points (203), sixth in goals (144) and 10th in caused turnovers (71). Allie Bush '16 also ended her career in the record books, finishing as the Lyons all-time leader in assists with 131, while ranking sixth in points (200). Bush was also named the 2015-2016 Lynn Miller Inspiration Award winner.
Despite graduating seven players from last seasons team, the Lyons are set to return 14 players from last years squad, including Angela Mallis '17 and Katie Peters '18. Peters was the Lyons third leading scorer in 2016 behind Sabol and Tewksbury, while Mallis was Wheaton's anchor in the midfield.
Academically, Madison Cohen '16, Lydia Regan '17, Hannah Gasperoni '17 and Megan Hemmerlein '18 were all named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference for maintaining a 3.50 or higher cumulative grade point average throughout the 2015–16 academic year.