Boracic Named Regional Player of the Year
Lees-McRae College junior forward Berin Boracic was named the NCAA Division II Daktronics Southeast Regional Player of the Year Tuesday afternoon, adding to his Conference Carolinas Player of the Year award at last weekend's Conference Carolinas Tournament. Six members of the 2007 Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Champion Bobcats, ranked second in the country, were named to the Daktronics All Region Team.
Berin Boracic - Daktronics Southeast Regional Player of the Year, First Team All Region
After being named the 2007 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and First Team All Conference at Saturday's Conference Carolinas Banquet, Boracic helped guide the Bobcats to their first Conference Tournament Championship since 2002, assisting on the winning goal in 1-0 double overtime win over Queen's University of Charlotte. Boracic currently sits second in Conference Carolinas scoring and 14th in the nation, averaging 2.1 points per game. The Orlando, FL native has set single season career highs in goals (17), assists (10), and points (44). Boracic' ten assists this season are sixth best in the country and lead Conference Carolinas. Boracic has started each game this season, registering six multi-goal games and being held off the score sheet in just ten of the team's 21 games. Through the season, Boracic was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week three times.
Career: 2007 Daktronics Southeast Regional Player of the Year, 2007 Daktronics First Team All Region, 2007 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, 2007 First Team All Conference Carolinas, 2006 NSCAA Second Team All Region, 2006 Daktronics Second Team All Region, 2006 Second Team All-CVAC, 2006 NCCSIA All State
Lee Squires - First Team All Region
Squires first season of collegiate soccer has been a memorable one. The Sheffield, England native has set the single season goal scoring record with 22 so far, breaking the previous record of 19 set by current MLS player Khano Smith. Squires has earned Conference Player of the Week twice the season, and also added six assists to lead Conference Carolinas with 50 points. His 2.38 points per game average is seventh best in the nation while his 1.05 goals per game rank him ninth. Squires' eight game-winning goals is also a Lees-McRae single season record, with the biggest coming in the 107th minute of the Conference Carolinas Championship game, a 1-0 double overtime victory over Queen's University of Charlotte. Squires' play during the Conference Carolinas Tournament earned the freshman forward the Tournament MVP award.
Career: 2007 Daktronics First Team All Region, 2007 First Team All Conference Carolinas, 2007 Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP, 2007 Conference Carolinas All Tournament Team
Dale Parker - First Team All Region
After missing the start of his freshman campaign a year ago, Parker returned to the pitch to play in the Bobcats final ten games in 2006. The sophomore has started each game this season and cemented himself as an anchor of Conference Carolinas best defensive team to a 0.65 goals against average with eleven shutouts this season and conceding only 14 goals in 19 games. A native of Worksop, England, Parker has also chipped in offensively, with three goals and two assists.
Career: 2007 Daktronics First Team All Region, 2007 First Team All Conference Carolinas
Tom Brailsford - First Team All Region
A freshman defender from Rotherham, England, Tom Brailsford has stepped into the backline of the number two team in the country and looked like a seasoned veteran. The left back earns All Conference honors in his first season of collegiate soccer, helping the Bobcats to a Conference best 0.65 goals against average and eleven shutouts, including a streak of more than 340 minutes with three consecutive shutouts. Brailsford has helped out offensively also, scoring once and using great placement of the ball from both his back line position and the corner for eight assists, second best in Conference Carolinas.
Career: 2007 Daktronics Second Team All Region, 2007 Third Team All Conference Carolinas
Matt Lacey - Second Team All Region
Lacey picks up Second Team All Region honors for the second time in his career after earning NSCAA accolades one year ago. Lacey is the epitome of what a centre midfielder should be. The Norwich, England native has started all eighteen games he has played in, influencing the outcome at both ends of the field and acting as a general on the field. Lacey helps out in the defensive end of the field while also creating opportunities offensively for himself as well as his forwards, Boracic and Squires. Offensively, the redshirt sophomore and team captain has set new single season career highs in assists (7) and points (23 - 8 goals, 7 assists).
Career: 2007 Daktronics Second Team All Region, 2007 First Team All Conference Carolinas, 2007 Conference Carolinas All Tournament Team, 2006 NSCAA Second Team All Region, 2006 Second Team All-CVAC
Sean Paradise - Second Team All Region
After earning the starting job out of training camp, Paradise has not looked back. In twenty games, the sophomore has allowed just eleven goals, earned nine shutouts, and two shared shutouts while leading Conference Carolinas in goals against average and save percentage. The North Point, FL native's 0.591 goals against average is also ranked sixth in the nation, while his .855 save percentage is eighth. During the season, Paradise was in goal for more than 504 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. After three straight shutouts, Paradise was relieved after 55 minutes and a 3-0 lead against Coker. Paradise earned one more shutout against North Georgia in his next start to extend the streak to 415 minutes before the Bobcats conceded a goal to St. Andrews in the 89th minute of a 3-1 win. After giving up a goal to Mount Olive in the 75th minute of a 5-1 win, Paradise put together another streak of 295 minutes without allowing a goal, registering back to back shutouts against Belmont Abbey in the Conference finale and Erskine in quarterfinal tournament action, before Abbey found the back of the net in the 80th minute of the Conference Carolinas semifinal. Paradise enters NCAA Tournament action with a 117 minute streak after a 1-0 double overtime victory over Queens in the Conference Carolinas Championship game.
Career: 2007 Daktronics Second Team All Region, 2007 First Team All Conference Carolinas, 2007 Conference Carolinas All Tournament Team
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Berin Boracic
PICTURED BOTTOM LEFT: Lee Squires
PICTURED BOTTOM RIGHT: Tom Brailsford