Five Bobcats Named to NSCAA/adidas All Region Team

KANSAS CITY, MO--Five members of the 2007 Conference Carolinas Champion Lees-McRae Bobcats were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All Southeast Region Team. After a sweep of both the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament championships, the first time a team has claimed both in the same season in conference history; the Bobcats fell in the NCAA Elite Eight after qualifying for the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships for the first time in program history.

Sophomore Matt Lacey (Norwich, England) makes his second appearance on the NSCAA/adidas All Region Team, earning First Team honors this season after taking home Second Team accolades a season ago. Lacey established new career highs in both points (23), and assists (7), while also contributing eight goals.

Junior forward Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) adds his second NSCAA/adidas All Region honor also to the long list of awards already earned this season. After claiming Second Team honors in 2006, this season's Conference Carolinas and Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year adds First Team NSCAA/adidas All Region his First Team Daktronics All Region and Third Team Daktronics All America selections. Boracic led Conference Carolinas in assists this season with 11, a new career high while also establishing new career highs in both goals (18) and points (47).

The Conference Carolinas Scoring Champion and Tournament MVP, Lee Squires burst onto the collegiate soccer season in his first season. The freshman forward joins Lacey and Boracic on the NSCAA/adidas First Team after scoring 24 goals and adding 6 assists for 54 points. Squires 24 goals this season breaks the previous Lees-McRae single season record of 19 held by two time NSCAA/adidas All American and current MLS star Khano Smith '02. Of Squires' 24 goals, nine were game winners, also a new Lees-McRae record. A native of Sheffield, England, Squires has also earned First Team All Conference Carolinas, First Team Daktronics All Region and Second Team Daktronics All America honors this season.

After starting his collegiate career on the injured reserve, Dale Parker has become a key cog in the Bobcats back line, earning his third First Team recognition of the season, and first career NSCAA/adidas All Region award. After seeing action in just ten games a year ago and starting one, the sophomore defender helped the Bobcats to Conference Carolinas best goals against average, (0.65), while starting all 24 games in 2007. The Worksop, England native has also chipped in on the offensive side of the ball, scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists to set his career season high at eight points. Parker was also named First Team All Conference Carolinas, First Team Daktronics All Region, and a Daktronics Honorable Mention All American.

Sophomore goaltender Sean Paradise rounds out the handful of Bobcats earning NSCAA/adidas All Southeast Region honors being named to the Second Team. A native of North Point, FL, Paradise led Conference Carolinas in both goals against average (0.60) and save percentage (.845) and ranking sixth and ninth nationally in each respective category. Paradise also set the Lees-McRae single season record for shutouts with 11, while also sharing two other clean sheets with fellow keeper Tom Courtney (Newcastle, England), on his way to earning First Team All Conference Carolinas and Daktronics Second Team All Region.

"It's a tremendous honor for these student-athletes to be recognized with All Region accolades," stated third year Head Coach Chris Whalley. "The awards are well deserved as each of them has worked very hard since preseason and throughout the year."

Losing just four players to graduation, the Bobcats will return all four of their NSCAA/adidas All Region Team members and will no doubt have high expectations for 2008.

2007 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division II Men All-Southeast Region

First Team
Pos. Name Year School Hometown
K Garrett Daum Sr. Lander Bartonville, Texas
D Dale Parker So. Lees-McRae Worksop, U.K.
D Chad Pinnick Jr. Queens(N.C.) Charlotte, N.C.
D Jamie Ramm So. Lander Scarborough, Ontario
M Tom Beattie Jr. Limestone East Riding, U.K.
M Sean Boyle Jr. Limestone Galway, Ireland
M Matthew Lacey So. Lees-McRae Northwich, Cheshire, U.K.
F Berin Boracic Jr. Lees-McRae Orlando, Fla.
F Jamal Geathers Fr. Clayton State Morrow, Ga.
F Tonny Madegwa Sr. Clayton State Morrow, Ga.
F Lee Squires So. Lees-McRae Sheffield, England

Second Team
Pos. Name Year School Hometown
K Sean Paradise So. Lees-McRae North Port, Fla.
D Adam Ennis Jr. Limestone Lanarkshire, England
D Brian Endres So. Erskine Newnan, Ga.
D Dirk Jansson Sr. Belmont Abbey Belmont, N.C.
D Lahnden Onger Jr. Anderson (S.C.) Abilene, Texas
M Renato Barbosa Jr. Pfeiffer University (N.C.) Charlotte, N.C.
M Andrew Brown Jr. North Carolina-Pembroke Charlotte, N.C.
M Ikenna Ogbuke Jr. South Carolina-Aiken Aiken, S.C.
F Kofi Akyere Jr. South Carolina-Aiken Union, Ga.
F Alistair Benson So. Limestone Cottingham, England
F Nick Cooke Sr. Lander Chesterfield, England
F Matthew Harris Sr. Pfeiffer Elgin, S.C.

Third Team
Pos. Name Year School Hometown
K Dan Williams So. Queens(N.C.) Charlotte, N.C.
D Kyle Fenner Jr. Belmont Abbey Belmont, N.C.
D Kirk Peterson Fr. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C.
D BradlySisk Jr. Pfeiffer Pfafftown, N.C.
M Nicholas Brindley Jr. Pfeiffer Crick, England
M Biagio Galle Sr. Francis Marion Toronto, Ontario
M Paul Goding Jr. Belmont Abbey Belmont, N.C.
F Luis Arrieta Sr. Belmont Abbey Belmont, N.C.
F Miguel Ferrer Jr. North Carolina-Pembroke Miami, Fla
F Justin Garton Jr. St. Andrews Presbyterian Germantown, Md.
F Michael McEmerson Fr. Limestone Glasgow, Scotland

PICTURED TOP LEFT: Lee Squires

PICTURED BELOW TOP: Sean Paradise

PICTURED BELOW BOTTOM: Dale Parker