BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team had five players named to North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State teams the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Tom Deeley, Nathan Watt, Harvey McMorrow and Pol Vassart all garnered first team honors, while James Morgan earned a spot on the second team.
"I am proud of everything these gentlemen have accomplished," said LMC Head Coach Rich Wall. "The continued recognition is a reflection on how well the entire program performed throughout the fall. This season was all about setting a standard, and it's safe to say that the bar has been set high for the returning squad, and for future Bobcats. I wouldn't want it any other way."
This honor is the latest of several that Deeley has notched over the past several weeks. The senior from Oxford, England has been named the D2CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year, Conference Carolinas Offensive Player and to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. Deeley paced the Bobcats this fall with 13 goals and 34 points.
Fellow senior Nathan Watt has also brought home several awards as of late. Watt was named to the D2CCA Southeast Region Second Team as well as being named to the Conference Carolinas Third Team. The senior midfielder set new career-highs in both goals (4) and assists (14). His 14 assists ranked second in the nation behind only Chahin Aghrim who had 15.
McMorrow made the most of his first year of playing time for the Bobcats. The Maidstone, England native totaled 17 points (2g, 13a) this season on his way to earning D2CCA All-Southeast Region First Team honors as well as a Conference Carolinas First Team nod.
Rounding out the first team honorees for Lees-McRae was Vassart. Vassart was second on the team this fall with 12 goals and 28 points overall. For his efforts, Vassart was named to the Conference Carolinas First Team. Vassart also received acclaim off the pitch in being named to the Academic All-Conference and CoSIDA Academic All-District squads.
Morgan was the lone Bobcat to earn a spot on the second team. He was a Third Team All-Conference Carolinas selection this fall. In his final season in the Green and Gold, Morgan set a new career-high with eight points (2g, 4a). Morgan has been particularly productive down the stretch run of the season with seven of his eight points coming in the last four matches.