December 14, 2010

Perry finishes season seventh in nation in assists

INDIANAPOLIS --- Sophomore Luke Perry (Cheshire, England) is ranked seventh in total assists, and the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team is listed in 14 individual and team categories in the final edition of the NCAA Division II statistics, announced NCAA officials Tuesday.

Lees-McRae (13-5-3, 7-1-1 CC) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, capturing the program's fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season title and third straight conference tournament championship. The Bobcats concluded the season ranked 25th in total goals (42), 30th in winning percentage (0.690), 34th in team goals against average (0.95), and 47th in scoring offense (2.0). Lees-McRae is also listed 85th in shutout percentage (0.29) and 99th in save percentage (0.747).

Perry closed the season on a tear, recording seven assists over the final eight matches of the campaign to finish the year ranked seventh in the nation with 10 helpers. The 2010 all-Conference Carolinas First Team selection is also ranked 22nd in assists per match (0.48).

Conference Carolinas Player of the Year Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) concludes his final season with the Bobcats ranked 18th in total points (35), 23rd in total goals (14), 27th in markers per match (1.67), and 32nd in goals per contest (0.67). Squires is also ranked 43rd in total assists (seven) and 87th in helpers per match (0.33).

Freshman Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C.) concludes a fine rookie season ranked 28th in the nation in total assists (eight), and 60th in helpers per match (0.38). Fellow rookie James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) is ranked 37th in total points (28), 38th in total goals (11), 60th in markers per match (1.4), 70th in goals per contest (0.55), and 75th in total assists (six).

Rookie goalkeeper Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England) is also listed 32nd in goals against average (0.933) after recording three consecutive shutouts in the conference tournament to earn tournament MVP honors. Junior midfielder David Palmer (Gateshead, England) concludes the season ranked 71st in total goals (nine) and 80th in total points (22).

Lees-McRae ends its season with a 13-5-3 record, having advanced to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance after capturing the program's fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season title. The Bobcats are expected to return 16 lettermen for their Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship squad, including all-Conference Carolinas First Team selections Palmer, Perry, and Luke Duffy (Wakefield, England).

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