Men's Club Ice Hockey continues to grow as a team
Posted on November 10, 2011
Facing a small returning roster and several questions surrounding the team's remaining players, the Wheaton Lyons faced an uphill battle entering the 2011 campaign. Despite these limitations, the men's ice hockey team has banded together to produce one of the more successful squads in school history
Off the ice, the club is led by President Andrew Samel and Vice President Ian Casey. Through their hard work and leadership, wheaton has developed one of the strongest and largest squads to ever play for the school. The team, a combination of returning starters and several new players, has bonded well and has surpassed any expectations they may have had entering the season. Insprired by the recent growth of the program, VP Ian Casey stated " Now half-way through the season, the team is looking to the rest of the season as an opportunity to bring Wheaton Club Hockey to a new level." With Casey's vision for the future and Samel's overall efforts throughout the year to improve the club in every aspect, the team has been provided the opportunity to achieve increased success on the ice as well.
Despite only having a few practices before the start of the season, the Lyons began the season on a high note by defeating Clark University by scoring 9 goals during their first contest. This convincing win over a strong Clark program has helped to propel Wheaton to a 3-2 record behing the strong in-game play of several players on the team. Leading the team with 6 goals, Will Compton's vision and finesse on the ice has helped to solidify the team's offense. Along with Compton, Ian Casey has been an offensive force and is currently the team leader in points, thanks in large part to his 9 assists he has already provided this year. Anchoring the defense has been Dave Schroeder, who has made several defensive plays to aid his goalies and to set up his teammates with easy scoring opportunities.
With six games remaining in the season, the Lyons anticipate a strong end to their season as they face off against rival Babson College and encounter a rematch with UMass Lowell, who they lost to in controversial fashion in their previous game. Regardless of the success the rest of the way, the Wheaton College Men's Club Ice Hockey team has already experienced a successful season and looks forward to advancing the program in the coming years.