GREENSBORO, NC--Six members of the Lees-McRae Bobcats men's soccer team were selected to the fifth annual North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State soccer team as released Monday. The Bobcats finished a storybook season with a 21-2-1 record reaching the NCAA Elite Eight, the first time the Bobcats have qualified for the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships in program history.
Leading the way for the Bobcats was 2007 Conference Carolinas and Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) who earned NCCSIA All State honors for the second straight season.
The team consists of students from NCAA Division II and Division III colleges and universities throughout the state. North Carolina sports information professionals submitted nominees and NCCSIA members selected the teams. The all-state unit consists of one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards. Students involved with ties in the voting are included on the squad.
Founded in 2002, NCCSIA is comprised of sports information
professionals from North Carolina's NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA
and independent institutions for the purpose of promoting college
athletics in the state. Membership is open to anyone affiliated
with a college, university or
conference located in North Carolina whose responsibilities include sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the university (NCAA Division I) and college (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball and baseball. Over 500 student-athletes have been recognized on all-state teams since 2003.
2007 NCCSIA All-State Men's Soccer Team (College Division)
(Listed by Position, Name, School, Class, Hometown)
GK Sean Paradise Lees-McRae Sophomore North Point,
D Jason Botani N.C. Wesleyan Senior Pompton Lakes, N.J.
D Tom Brailsford Lees-McRae Freshman Rotherham, England
D Ben Clark Wingate Senior Chesterfield, England
D Ryne Nichols Greensboro Senior Greensboro, N.C.
D Dale Parker Lees-McRae Sophomore Worksop, England
MF Robert Fricke# Greensboro Senior Greensboro, N.C.
MF Justin Garton St. Andrews Junior Germantown, Md.
MF Marco Kirsch N.C. Wesleyan Freshman Celle, Germany
MF Matt Lacey Lees-McRae Sophomore Norwich, England
MF Ryan Villaird Catawba Senior Holiday, Fla.
F Berin Boracic# Lees-McRae Junior Orlando, Fla.
F Eric Hatchett Greensboro Senior Gibsonville, N.C.
F Lee Squires Lees-McRae Freshman Sheffield, England
# - 2006 NCCSIA College Division Men's Soccer Team selection
PICTURED TOP LEFT: Berin Boracic