December 2, 2008

Lees-McRae Women's Soccer Earns NSCAA Team Academic Award for the Second Straight Year

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2008 academic year for the second straight year for having a team grade point average of 3.22.

The Lady Bobcats joined 366 soccer teams, 104 men's teams and 262 women's teams, from across the nation with a grade point average above a 3.0 to earn the award.

Last season the team goal was a 3.2 gpa, and the team reached their mark with a 3.22 gpa to earn the honors. Serena "Kat" Smith led the team with 3.8392 gpa as a senior last year. Brittany Bolton led the returning Lady Bobcats with a 3.5242 gpa. With higher expectations head coach Renee Lopez has raised the mark to a 3.25 team gpa for the 2008-2009 academic year.

"With many in very challenging science majors, I'm extremely proud of our girls' efforts," head coach Renee Lopez said. "It is great to see us winning on the field, but most importantly, our players are getting the job done in the classroom. I'm even more proud of that!"

The Lady Bobcats earned the award in 2007, making this back-to-back seasons earning NSCAA Team Academic Award.

Lees-McRae, 3.22, and Pfeiffer University, 3.17, are the only two Conference Carolinas teams to earn the award.

Pictured: Head Coach Renee Lopez