Bobcats honored with second straight NSCAA Team Academic Award

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the second straight season, posting a combined grade point average of 3.27 during the 2012-2013 academic year, announced NSCAA officials Thursday.

Lees-McRae (9-7-1, 5-3 Conference Carolinas) is one of three conference schools to earn this award, and one of two members to have both the men's and women's programs receive the honor. The Bobcats made a triumphant return to the top half of the league table this season, posting a 5-3 record against conference opponents to earn the fourth seed in the conference tournament. Lees-McRae was one of the best defensive teams in league play this fall, allowing six goals in eight matches while keeping five clean sheets.

The Bobcats had the highest GPA of all NCAA Division II Southeast Region and Conference Carolinas teams last season, improving on their mark of 3.16 in 2011-2012 with a GPA of 3.27 this past year. Barton College was second with a 3.07 GPA, narrowly edging Limestone College's combined mark 3.07.

Lees-McRae is expected to return 21 letter-winners from this season's squad which posted a 5-3 record in conference play, while limiting opponents to just six goals in league action. The Bobcats will bring a talented and seasoned corps into the 2014 campaign, led by rising seniors James Smith (Eastbourne, England), James Galvani (High Wycombe, England), Brandon Meade (Mocksville, N.C.), Andrew Shoemaker (Raleigh, N.C.), and Alford.

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