Bobcats place three on Daktronics all-Southeast Region teams

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- A trio of players from the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team were named to the 2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region teams, announced region officials Tuesday.

Senior Luke Duffy (Wakefield, England), sophomore James Galvani (High Wycombe, England), and freshman James Smith (Eastbourne, England) each earned a spot on the second team, as Duffy and Galvani garnered their third and second consecutive all-region honors, respectively.

Duffy nets his third straight all-region recognition from the Daktronics All-America program, earning second team honors after being named to the first team in each of the previous two seasons. A native of Wakefield, England, Duffy recently became the second player in program history to earn all-Conference Carolinas honors in four consecutive seasons, earning first-team recognition for the third straight year. The senior defender helped the Bobcat backline keep five clean sheets, while tallying one goal and two assists this season.

Galvani garners all-region honors from Daktronics for the second straight season, earning a spot on the second team after leading the Bobcats in goals (11), points (26) and match-winners (three). A native of High Wycombe, England, Galvani also earned all-conference first team honors earlier this season, and currently ranks 39th in the nation in total goals and 44th in total points.

Smith put together a strong freshman campaign with the Bobcats, leading Lees-McRae with eight assists while also scoring six goals to finish the season ranked second on the team with 20 points. The Eastbourne, England native also garnered all-conference second team honors this season, and currently ranks 24th in the nation in total assists and 59th in helpers per match (0.36).

Lees-McRae is expected to return 17 letter-winners from this year's Conference Carolinas Western Division Champion squad, including all-conference selections Smith, Galvani, and Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England).

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2011 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Men's Soccer Team

First Team

Pos. Name Yr. School
F Lasse Sohrweide* Sr. Anderson (S.C.)
F Erik Pajunk So. Barton
F Carlos Recinos Jr. Coker
F Tom Winspear* Sr. King
MF Johan Bergfeld Sr. Flagler
MF Joseph Toby Jr. Flagler
MF Pol Berenguer Sr. Flagler
MF Janny Rivera Sr. Clayton State
D Kevin Butler Sr. Anderson (S.C.)
D Kevin Keenan So. Flagler
D Frenando Bedoya Fr. Coker
D Chris Klute So. Clayton State
GK James Sweeney Jr. Coker


Region Player of the Year: Lasse Sohrweide, Anderson University (S.C.)

Second Team

Pos. Name Yr. School
F Mario Pinto Fr. Lincoln Memorial
F Sam Miles Fr. UNC Pembroke
F Mack Hough Sr. Flagler
F James Galvani So. Lees-McRae
MF Mark Smith Sr. Anderson (S.C.)
MF James Smith Fr. Lees-McRae
MF Larry Mahon So. Limestone
MF Shu Ogawa Jr. Anderson (S.C.)
D Troy Chavez Sr. Mars Hill
D Luke Duffy* Sr. Lees-McRae
D Matias Rubio Fr. Tusculum
D Chinedu Arinze Jr. USC Aiken
GK Zac Scott Jr. Mars Hill



*-indicates was a member of the 2010 Daktronics All-Southeast Region Team