Mass. College Lax: Emmanuel, Wheaton To Meet In First Round Of NCAA Tourney

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Emannuel College women’s lacrosse team will travel to Wheaton College on Wednesday, May 7 for a first round NCAA Division 3 Tournament matchup, which is slated for a 7 p.m. start. The winner will advance to Saturday’s second round contest against Williams College, a match that’s slated for a 1 p.m. opening draw.

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the Lyons’ NCAA Tournament appearance:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team will play Emmanuel College for the first time in program history on Wednesday, May 7 on Nordin Field as the Lyons will clash with the Saints in the first round of the NCAA Division Tournament under the lights at 7 p.m.

WHEATON (13-6) – The Lyons enter the tournament on a four-game winning streak having outscored opponents 48-26 during that span. Wheaton earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after defeating MIT, 15-5, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Semifinals and Babson College, 8-5, in the title game. The Blue and White currently rank first in the conference in ground balls (362) and caused turnovers (189), second in assists (93), third in goals against average (9.16) and fourth in goals (188) and save percentage (42.0).

Sophomore Brooke Sabol (Landgrove, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy), who earned NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors last weekend, leads the squad in points with 74 on 50 goals and 24 assists alongside 45 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. Classmate Allie Bush (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) is second on the team with 50 points (19g, 31a), while senior Leila Mills (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) is third (33g, 8a, 41p), sophomore Jenna Tewksbury (Concord, N.H./Concord) is fourth (28g, 10a, 38p) and junior Melanie Sharick (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) rounds out the top-5 point scorers (20g, 1 a, 21p).

Defensively, NEWMAC All-Conference first team selection Devon Soucier (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) has anchored the Lyons all season. Soucier ranks first on the team in draw controls with 65 total in addition to 42 ground balls, 26 caused turnovers, two goals and one assist. Soucier will enter tournament play ranked second all-time in draw controls (165), third in caused turnovers (122) and ninth in ground balls (167) in program history.

Classmate Haley Bright (Cumberland, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) has collected 28 ground balls, four draw controls and caused 12 turnovers, while junior Anna Viragh (Columbus, Ohio/Wellington School) has compiled 30 ground balls, three draws and 14 caused turnovers and sophomore Mia Cambi (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) leads the squad in caused turnovers with 27 alongside 29 ground balls and three draws. Junior goalkeeper Katy Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) is 13-6 overall between the pipes with a 9.16 goals against average (GAA), 126 saves and a .420 save percentage.

Bright, Mills and Sabol were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team along with Soucier’s first team selection last week. Head coach Emily Kiablick also earned NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

EMMANUEL (15-2) – The Saints enter the NCAA Tournament on an 11-game winning streak having scored double-digit goals in every game but one during that span. Emmanuel scored a season-high 20 goals in its Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Saint Joseph’s (Conn.) en route to its first-ever conference championship with a 17-7 victory over Saint Joseph’s (Me.). Wednesday’s tilt with Wheaton will mark the Saints first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Emmanuel leads the GNAC in goals (246), assists (116), draw controls, GAA (7.64) and save percentage (50.2). Saints’ sophomore Kristen Tuleja (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) ranks second in the conference in points with 92 on 61 goals and 31 assists. Junior Sarah Wootten (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) is second on the club with 58 points (30g, 28a), while sophomore Sarah Higgins (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) is third with 53 points (44g, 9a). In goal, sophomore Lauren White (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) is 15-2 on the year with a 7.64 GAA, 134 saves and a .502 save percentage.

The Saints had five student-athletes claim All-GNAC honors including Tuleja and Higgins who were both named to the first team. Wootten, White and Emily Baker (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) were all named to the second team. Emmanuel head coach Liz Goddard also received GNAC Coach of the Year accolades.

LOOKING AHEAD – The winner of Wheaton/Emmauel will play Williams College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Williams on Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m. The Ephs earned an at-large bid into the tournament with their 13-4 record on the season. Williams is 7-5 all-time in the tournament and finished second in both 1998 and 2000.

 

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton’s Kiablick, Soucier Highlights NEWMAC WLAX All-Conference Honors

By NoontmeSports.com 

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 ’04Vanessa Pisano ’05,A.J. Vasiliou ’05Meredith 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).

Mass. College Lax: Wheaton Women’s Lax Season Preview (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Wheaton College women’s lacrosse team, which captured last season’s NEWMAC regular season crown, will look to earn its first win of 2014 tomorrow when the Lyons host Salve Regina at 3 p.m.

Below is a season preview video, featuring Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan, who caught up with head coach Emily Kiablick to discuss the Lyons’ season outlook. The video can be found on Wheaton College Athletics’ YouTube Channel.

At Wheaton College: You Can Play (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is proud to unveil the Wheaton College athletics’ You Can Play Project video, which was published on their YouTube channel this afternoon. The video was directed by Noontime Sports’ Matt Noonan, who is an alum.

Noonan worked along side Devon Soucier, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, as well as her teammates and head coach Emily Kiablick.

As noted in the athletic department’s release, “You Can Play’s mission is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation. You Can Play works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.”

Wheaton became the first NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) school to join the project, but is one of many institutions from across the country, along with NHL and minor league hockey teams that produced a video.

For more information on the You Can Play Project — HOP HERE

Mass. College Lax: Tufts 13, Wheaton 4

Kerry Eaton's four goals helped Tufts defeat Wheaton! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Kerry Eaton’s four goals helped Tufts defeat Wheaton! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

MEDFORD, MA – Coming off a conference setback to Middlebury College, Tufts University’s women’s lacrosse team rebounded with a 13-4 victory against Wheaton College on Thursday afternoon at Bello Field.

Kerry Eaton and Caroline Ross paced the Jumbos with four goals, respectively, while Eliza Halmo registered two strikes.

“We talked about making a statement at the beginning of the game,” said Tufts coach Carol Rappolli, whose team improves to 6-4 on the season.

“The first 10 minutes are really important and making sure the shots that we took were going to move the goalkeeper, and we added a little tweak to our motion offense and the kids responded and did exactly what we asked them to do.”

Tufts jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back, but Wheaton trimmed the deficit with two tallies – one from Allie Bush and one from Leila Mills, which were both set up by Charlotte De Santis.

The Jumbos, who led 8-2 at the break, padded their lead with five more goals in the second to seal the win and earn their fourth victory at home.

“I think it’s still a great opportunity for us (to play Tufts), but I was disappointed with our first 10 minutes of the game and you can’t get down 7-0 against a nationally ranked team and think you can stay in the game,” explained Wheaton coach Emily Kiablick.

“This is a hurdle that we have to get over and so we can’t get over it unless we keep playing, so that’s what we’ll do.”

Wheaton Plans To Improve: Kiablick admitted there were some positives from her team’s fifth setback of the season, but she also eyed some areas the Lyons needs to improve prior to their conference tilt against Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

“We absolutely will build off this,” said Kiablick. “We’ve done a really good job all season of looking at parts (of our team’s game) and focusing on what aspects we really need to improve and for us it was really the opening 10 minutes and we were just playing a little scared coming out of the back and on attack, so that’s what we’ll talk about and that’s what we’ll focus on tomorrow.”

Prior to today’s game, Wheaton defeated Wellesley on Tuesday, 17-4, and according to their coach, there were a lot of positives from that game she plans to build on, too.

“There were some positive things to build off the Wellesley game, so we won’t get bogged down by this, but we’ll just talk about it, address it and move on.”

Tufts Returns To NESCAC Play On Saturday: With their final non-conference game in the books, the Jumbos will return to conference play on Saturday when they welcome Amherst College to Medford for a 12 p.m. face-off.

Tufts, who is 2-4 in a very competitive conference, plans to build off their 15-8 loss to Middlebury last Sunday against the Lord Jeffs, who’re 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference.

“I thought that the first half against Middlebury was terrific,” said Rappolli. “We could have been a little bit closer then we were, but you’ve got a young team against a very experienced team and we’re down 8-5 at the half, and then their experience came through and we were a little bit sloppier with the ball in the second half, but I would like to play that team again because I think that we can beat that team in a NESCAC tournament situation, I really do.

“If our kids played like they did on Saturday (against Williams College) and really the first half on Sunday – that was a good weekend for us even though we were just 1-1.”

The Jumbos lost to Amherst last season, 12-4, but beat them the prior year, 14-13.

Leila Mills Continues To Fuel Wheaton’s Attack: Mills, who ranks first on her team in goals (24), netted only one of two shots this afternoon, but despite a quiet day, the junior attack has been an important asset to Wheaton’s success this season.

“Leila was probably the best player coming out of Maine her senior year, so we knew she had it in her, but she’s certainly not the type to force a situation, she’s just going to wait until the opportunity is there and that’s what makes her so strong,” said Kiablick.

“She’s catching more and shooting better, and all the freshmen that she’s playing with love passing to her because they know it’s an assist on the (stat sheet) because she’s going to take a smart shot”

Mills’ best game of the season occurred two days ago against Wellesley as she netted five strikes. She’s recorded at least two or more goals in 11 contests this season, and is on part to match her goal total from last year of 28.