Six Bobcats Earn All-American Honors this Fall

BANNER ELK, N.C. - As the fall seasons wrapped up last week there were six Lees-McRae College student-athletes to earn All-American honors from Daktronics, voted on by the SIDs, or their respective organizations such as the NSCAA, soccer coaches, or the AVCA, volleyball coaches, for their efforts in their 2009 seasons.

In men's soccer Berin Boracic earned Second Team NSCAA All-American and Third Team Daktronics All-American. Boracic was also a First Team All-Southeast Region Daktronics and NSCAA selection. The senior had 15 goals and nine assists and 39 total points to lead the Bobcats in all categories. Joining Boracic on Third Team All-America Daktronics was defenders Dale Parker and Luke Duffy. Both were stout leaders on the Bobcat back line this season and earned their first All-American honors. Parker is a senior and Duffy is a sophomore. Sean Paradise earned Honorable Mention All-America from Daktronics and Second Team All-America from the NSCAA. Paradise had a .73 goals against average this season between the pipes for the Bobcats in his senior season - it was his first time in four years earning All-American honors. Paradise, Parker and Duffy all joined Boracic on the All-Southeast Region First Team for the NSCAA. Sophomore midlfeild David Palmer earned Third Team All-Southeast Region and was the only other Bobcat on the list.

On the women's side, sophomore outside midfield, Vickie Rich, earned Third Team All-American from Daktronics. Rich paced the Lady Bobcats with 15 goals and seven assists for 37 totals points. Rich was the first Lady Bobcat to earn All-American honors since Lees-McRae joined the Conference Carolinas. Rich was also First Team All-Southeast Region Daktronics and Thrid Team All-Southeast Region from the NSCAA

In women's volleyball, Whitney Justice took home Honorable Mention All-American Honors from the AVCA. Justice, who was Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, Second Team All-Southeast Region from Daktronics and First Team All-Southeast Region from the AVCA, led the Lady Bobcats with 386 kills for an average of 3.09 kills per set this season. Justice also led the team with .93 blocks per set with 116 total blocks. Justice was the first Lady Bobcat to earn All-American honors since Lacie Smith was an All-American in 2006. Freshman defensive specialist, Luana Rocha, earned First Team All-Southeast Region honors, as well, from the AVCA.