September 21, 2010

Jones listed third in nation in assists

INDIANAPOLIS --- Freshman midfielder Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C.) is ranked among the top five players in the nation in assists for the second straight week, announced NCAA officials Tuesday with the release of the latest edition of the NCAA Division II men's soccer statistics.

Jones is off to a flying start in his collegiate career, entering the week listed first in Conference Carolinas and third in the nation with five assists while ranking fifth in the NCAA II in helpers per match (0.83). The 5-7, 160-pound halfback has notched at least two assists on two separate occasions, including a pair of helpers against Belmont Abbey last Tuesday.

The Bobcats, fresh off a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Mount Olive on Saturday, enter the week ranked 34th in total goals (13.0), 45th in scoring offense (2.17), and 57th in winning percentage (0.667). Lees-McRae is also ranked 92nd in teams goals against average (1.45).

Senior forward Lee Squires (Sheffield, U.K.) continues to climb in the rankings, entering the week ranked 11th in total goals (five), 12th in total points (12), 24th in points per match (2.0), and 26th in goals per contest (0.83) after tallying two goals and one assist against Mount Olive on Saturday. The 2008 Daktronics All-American is also tied with teammate James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) for 84th in the nation with two assists. Junior David Palmer (Gateshead, U.K.) also enters the week ranked 24th in the nation in total assists (3.0) and 48th in helpers per match (0.5).

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Bobcats host Carson-Newman at Tate Field. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m., with "Church Night" following shortly after the conclusion of the contest.

- LMC -