March 10, 2008

Bobcats Add Attacking Strength

BANNER ELK, NC - Lees-McRae College men's soccer Head Coach Chris Whalley is proud to announce that Grant Elder has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the Bobcats. Elder will enroll at Lees-McRae for the fall 2008 semester.

A native of Clayton, OH and member of the Dayton Warriors, Elder garnered numerous athletic and academic accolades during his prep career. The Northmont High School Class of 2008 graduate has been named All-Conference Special Mention, All-Conference First team, All-Miami Valley Second Team, Best Offensive Player, Miami Valley All-Star, and to the Region II ODP State Team. In the classroom, Elder has excelled as an Honors Student at Northmont and been named a Scholar Athlete.

"Grant is a great addition to the program, his versatility and ability to play on the wing or upfront will be a real asset to our team," commented Whalley.
An intended Business Administration major, Grant is the son of Denise Potter and Craig Elder and has a brother named Brock who also played collegiate soccer at Cleveland State. Grant also has a stepfather named Steve Potter.

"Ohio is a good soccer state, with high school and club ball both being very competitive. After evaluating Grant's abilities, I feel he will be able to adapt quickly to collegiate soccer due to the experiences he has had consistently playing at a high level in his home state," concluded Whalley.

After a record setting season in 2007 where the Bobcats led the nation in scoring offense (3.33 goals per game), and only allowed 16 (0.65 goals against per game), tops in Conference Carolinas and good enough for ninth best in the country, expectations will be high in 2008. The Bobcats finished with a program record 21 wins, (21-2-1), the second highest win total in the country and finished the season ranked seventh in the country after falling in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championships. The Bobcats also set Conference Carolinas history as the only team to claim both the regular season and tournament championships in the same season.

The Conference Championship last season was the Bobcats fourth in program history, with the first three, (1998, 2002, 2003), won under the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference moniker. Current assistant coaches Nick Young '02 and Calvin Dixon '05 each claimed two titles during their playing days in green and gold.

Lees-McRae College is a private four year liberal arts college located in Banner Elk, NC and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America. Known as the Bobcats, Lees-McRae athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II.

PICTURED ABOVE: Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP and NSCAA All American Lees Squires

PICTURED BELOW: Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and NSCAA All American Berin Boracic trys to bend a ball around a Pfeiffer defender in 2007 action