Wheaton College Lyons 2014 Preview

Wheaton College Lyons

The Wheaton College Lyons finished the 2013 season with a 7-8 record, including 4-2 in Pilgrim League play. This will be the first season for Wheaton in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Their final Pilgrim League game was a 5-14 loss to Babson in the semi-finals of the Pilgrim League tournament. This will be the third season for head coach Jamie Lockard. The Lyons have high expectations heading into their first season as members of the NEWMAC. According to coach Lockard, “the expectation for our team this season is to win the NEWMAC Championship and to qualify for the NCAA tournament.”

Leading the Lyons in 2014 will be Matthew Hillman. Hillman is a junior attack who was a 2nd team All-Pilgrim League selection in 2013. He scored 37 goals and dished out 12 assists last spring. Defensively Wheaton will look to goalie Harrison Bramhall to sure up the back line. Bramhall is a senior who was a 2nd team All-Pilgrim League selection in 2013, while making 193 saves and having a 62.5 save percentage. According to coach Lockard, Bramhall will be challenged this spring by sophomore goalie Ryan Clair for the starting position. The long returning defensmen for the Lyons will be Alfonse Femnio. Femnio is junior who started 14 games last spring while scooping up 36 groundballs and had 19 caused turnovers. This years squad is a very young team, 73% of the team is either a freshman or a sophomore.

A favorite this spring in the NEWMAC is Springfield. The Pride is the reigning Pilgrim League champions. A dark-horse this spring looks like Clark University. Coach Lockard went on to say, “they have been on the cusp of making the conference playoffs the past few seasons and have a strong group of returning players.” A player this spring that we will keep an eye on is Kevin Freeman. Freeman is a senior midfielder from Springfield College. According to coach Lockard, “he had a great season in 2013 and is a very dangerous offensive player.”

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