Cassey Muse Four-Time All-League Honoree, Cipriano Named Top Rookie
NORTON, Mass.- Four Wheaton College women's soccer players were named to a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league team on Tuesday, including four-time all-conference selection in senior Cassey Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) and NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in freshman Julia Cipriano (Middlebury, Conn./Pomperaug).
Cipriano was one of three Lyons voted to the all-league first team, joining first-time honorees in senior Jordan Muse (Candia, N.H./Central) and sophomore Lauren Corigliano (Roselle Park, N.J./Roselle Park). Cassey Muse, who earned second-team laurels, became just the sixth player in program history to have been selected to an all-conference team all four years.
Cassey Muse is ranked third in the league in assists (7), tied for third in points (25) and tied for fifth in goals (9). In conference games, she tied for third in assists (3). Muse recorded at least a point in 10 contests, tallying 15 points in a stretch of seven straight games. She totaled two goals and two assists versus the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Muse became just the ninth player in program history to surpass 100 points, as she ranks fifth in goals (44) and seventh in points (109).
Cipriano leads the league in assists (9), is tied for third in points (25) and tied for eighth in goals (8). In conference games, she tied for the lead in game-winners (3) and tied for third in goals (5) and points (12). Cipriano turned in at least a point in 12 contests, including in eight of her last 10 matches in which she tallied 17 points. In league play, she turned in winning markers against Mount Holyoke College, Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Corigliano paces the NEWMAC in goals (13) and points (32). She posted at least a point in 12 contests, including a stretch of 17 points in eight straight matches. Corigliano notched three game-winning goals against Plymouth State University, Salve Regina University and Wellesley College. She tallied a marker during her team's victory at nationally-ranked Williams College and figured in all three of Wheaton's goals in the team's win at Husson University.
Jordan Muse helped anchor a defense that ranks first in the conference and 48th in the country in goals against average. The Lyons boast a 0.65 GAA with 12 shutouts. Oftentimes marking the opposition's top player, Muse and the Wheaton defense held all but three of its opponents to one goal or less this fall. She also tallied her first collegiate goal during the Lyons' victory at Clark University and assisted a marker in Wheaton's win at Wellesley.
At 16-1-6, Wheaton is preparing for its 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Ranked in a tie for 25th in the country and a tie for fourth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the Lyons advanced to their 11th NEWMAC Tournament championship game while finishing 7-1-1 in league play. Wheaton is set to host Westfield State University in Saturday's NCAA tourney opening round at 11:00 a.m.