November 4, 2010

Lees-McRae places five on all-Conference Carolinas Team

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Junior Mary Dorn (Shallot, N.C.) has garnered all-conference honors for the second straight season, headlining a group of five players from the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team on the 2010 all-Conference Carolinas team, announced the league office Thursday.

Dorn, freshman MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.), and junior Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.) each earned a spot on the first team, while junior Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and senior Brittany Bolton (Roanoke, Va.) garnered second team recognition. Rich and Dorn each received their second all-conference team honors, while Sullivan, Santerre, and Bolton garnered all-league recognition for the first time in their careers.

Sullivan has been a tremendous part of the Lady Bobcats' success this season, leading the team with 13 goals and 35 points, while posting the second-highest assist total (nine) on the squad. The reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week currently ranks second in the conference in goals and points, while recording the league's third-highest assist total. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Sullivan has posted two goal-scoring streaks of at least four matches, including an active stretch of four straight contests.

Dorn, a defender from Shallot, N.C.), is one of the primary reasons behind Lees-McRae's defensive success in 2010, providing veteran leadership to a youthful backline that as allowed two or more goals just twice this season. The junior fullback has garnered all-conference recognition in each of her two seasons with the Lady Bobcats, earning a spot on the second team in 2009. In two seasons with LMC, Dorn has started 33 matches and scored one goal.

Santerre is in the midst of her best season with the Lady Bobcats, entering the semifinal round of the conference tournament ranked third on the team in goals (eight), assists (seven), and points (23), totals which each rank among the top six players in the league. The junior midfielder made history for Lees-McRae earlier this week, becoming the program's first player to garner ESPN Academic All-District honors with her second-team selection.

Rich garners all-conference recognition for the second time in her career, earning a spot on the second team after being selected to the first team a season ago. The 2009 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America selection has posted 10 goals, seven assists, and 27 points this season, while notching the league's second-highest match-winning goal total (six). A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Rich has tallied 30 goals, 17 assists, 77 points, and 12 match-winners thus far in her career.

Bolton has put together the best season of her career this fall, turning in a personal-low goals against average of 1.04, in addition to five shutouts. The senior goalkeeper has been tremendous in conference play for the Lady Bobcats this season, posting a superb 0.62 goals against average, as well as four clean sheets against league opponents.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Thursday when the fourth-seeded Lady Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on top-seeded and regular season champion Belmont Abbey College in the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The match is slated to kick off at 2 p.m.

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2010 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer All-Conference Team

FIRST TEAM
Forward - Sarah Porter, Mount Olive
Forward - MaryBeth Sullivan, Lees-McRae
Forward - Connie Axiotis, Belmont Abbey
Midfielder - Alyssa Wombwell, Pfeiffer
Midfielder - Nicole Voets, Belmont Abbey
Midfielder - Brooke Santerre, Lees-McRae
Defender - Kristin Voirin, Belmont Abbey
Defender - Carly Kensinger, Belmont Abbey
Defender - Mary Dorn, Lees-McRae
Defender - Sara McCormack, Pfeiffer
Goalkeeper - Anna Donaldson, Belmont Abbey

SECOND TEAM
Forward - Madi Dulisse, Limestone
Forward - Kristen Wright, Queens
Forward - Vickie Rich, Lees-McRae
Midfielder - Kelsey Howard, Queens
Midfielder - Ashley Alderin-Fleagle, Limestone
Midfielder - Megan Reaves, Pfeiffer
Midfielder - Casey Craft, Erskine
Defender - Anna Decker, Queens
Defender - Kristin Foster, Belmont Abbey
Defender - Lauren Vawter, Queens
Goalkeeper - Brittany Bolton, Lees-McRae

THIRD TEAM
Forward - Lindsey Stanley, Mount Olive
Forward - Sami Striano, Queens
Forward - Jana Gentry, Converse
Forward - Rebecca Mateo, Belmont Abbey
Midfielder - Jessica Moulton, Pfeiffer
Midfielder - Cara Paxson, Mount Olive
Midfielder - Vannessa Jarrett, Limestone
Defender - Patrice Clarke, Mount Olive
Defender - Tia Rose, Mount Olive
Defender - Caroline Smith, Mount Olive
Goalkeeper - Kristin Alderin-Fleagle Limestone

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Sarah Porter, Mount Olive
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Anna Donaldson, Belmont Abbey
COACH OF THE YEAR - Robert Lane, Belmont Abbey