Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Mills & Soucier Earns IWLCA All-Region Honors


Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s today’s release about two women’s lacrosse players who were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire All-Region team:

NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College juniors Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) have been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire All-Region team.

Mills and Soucier were both selected to the IWLCA Berkshire All-Region team for the first time in their respective careers. Mills was tabbed to the first team while Soucier collected second team laurels. The IWLCA honored 256 NCAA Division III student-athletes across eight different regions.

Mills picks up her second major award this season after earning New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year honors. Mills is the fourth player in the history of the program to earn Athlete/Player of the Year honors joining Lauren Maynes ’04Vanessa Pisano ’05 and Hailey Colburn ’12. Maynes was a three-time winner from 2002-2004 while Pisano captured Player of the Year honors in 2005 and Colburn was selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Year last season.

Mills ranked first on the Lyons in goals (44) and points (56) starting in 17 out of 18 games during the season. Among all student-athletes in the NEWMAC, Mills was eighth in markers and points and 12th in assists (12). Mills also added 15 ground balls, 20 draw controls and six caused turnovers. Mills was pivotal to Wheaton’s perfect 6-0 record in conference play scoring 16 goals, dishing out five assists and collecting 21 points in league games only. Against Babson on Tuesday, April 16, Mills scored a career-high seven points (five goals, two assists) to help the Lyons clinch their fourth regular season title in program history.

Soucier, who is a two-time All-NEWMAC first team selection, guided Wheaton’s defense leading the conference in caused turnovers (31), ninth in ground balls (34) and 15th in draw controls (31). Soucier ranks 110th overall, nationally, in caused turnovers while the Lyons are 73rd overall in scoring defense at 9.78 goals per game. In conference play only, Wheaton allowed a league-best 8.00 goals against average.

Wheaton finished its 2013 campaign with an 11-7 record and 6-0 mark in the NEWMAC. The Lyons captured their fourth regular season title in program history.


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