The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team received some exciting news today as head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year, while senior co-capatin Devon Soucier was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team. For more on these exciting achievements, here’s this afternoon’s release courtesy of the Wheaton sports information department:
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College women’s lacrosse senior Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference first team and head coach Emily Kiablick was selected as the NEWMAC Coach of the Year to highlight the list of honorees for the Lyons.
Kiablick claims her second career NEWMAC Coach of the Year award after guiding Wheaton to its second-straight undefeated regular season title (14-0) and first conference championship since 2004, third overall. In six seasons at the helm of the program, Kiablick has compiled a 56-52 overall record and a 24-13 mark in conference play. The Lyons have also qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament in every season Kiablick has coached and captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in 2012.
With her third career selection to the All-Conference first team, Soucier becomes just the sixth student-athlete in program history to earn three All-Conference selections joining Lauren Maynes ’04, Vanessa Pisano ’05,A.J. Vasiliou ’05, Meredith Hurt ’08 and Hailey Colburn ’12 on the list. Maynes, Pisano and Vasiliou are the only student-athletes in program history to claim four-career All-Conference accolades.
Soucier will enter the NCAA Tournament later this May ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167). Among all NEWMAC student-athletes this season, Soucier ranks third in caused turnovers (26), fourth in draw controls (65) and fifth in ground balls (42).
Seniors Hayley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) and sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr & Burton Academy) round out the list of award winners for Wheaton as the trio was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team.
Bright was a key component to the Lyons’ success on the defense this season as the senior collected 28 ground balls, caused 12 turnovers and won four draw controls in addition to scoring five goals on six shots on offense. In her career, Bright has played in 71 games, amassed ten goals and eight assists for 18 points, scooped up 71 ground balls, caused 35 turnovers and registered 26 draw controls.
Mills picks up her second-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection after earning Player of the Year honors and a first team nod last season. In 2014, Mills tallied 33 goals and eight assists for 41 points to finish 12th, 21st and 18th in the NEWMAC, respectively.
Sabol, the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, ranked in the top-10 in several offensive and defensive categories this past season to claim her first-career NEWMAC All-Conference selection. Offensively, Sabol ranked third in points (74) and assists (24) and seventh in goals (50), while she also ranked third in ground balls (45), seventh in caused turnovers (21) and 14th in draw controls (36) on the defensive end.
In two games played in the NEWMAC Tournament, Sabol notched three goals, two assists, nine ground balls, 12 draw controls and three caused turnovers. In the championship game alone, Sabol netted one goal, dished out two assists, scooped up four ground balls, won nine draw controls – including seven-straight to begin the contest – and caused two turnovers.
Wheaton (13-6, 7-0 NEWMAC), who has has earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, now awaits its seeding fate on Sunday, May 4 when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9:30 p.m. (EST). The Lyons will enter the NCAA Tournament one victory shy of tying the second highest wins total in a single season set in 2012 (14-6).