Bobcats honored with NSCAA Team Ethics Award

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team has been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for its sportsmanship and ethical play during the 2010 season, announced head coach Cally Morrill Friday.

The NSCAA Team Ethics Award serves to recognize programs that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and follow the Laws of the Game. These teams are chosen according to the number of cautions and red cards they receive throughout the season. Out of all divisions and levels of intercollegiate soccer, just 73 programs across the nation received this prestigious honor.

The Bobcats are one of three programs from the Southeast Region to earn this prestigious award, receiving the Silver version of the honor, which is presented to teams that collect a maximum of five cautions and no red cards over the course of the season. Joining the Bobcats from the Southeast Region are Armstrong Atlantic State University and Brevard College, which each earned the Bronze version of the award, which recognizes programs that received a maximum of 10 cautions and no red cards during the campaign.

"I'm very proud of this team and the award it has received," said Coach Morrill. "This is a very difficult award to receive, and it shows that you can be successful on the field and do it in a way where you can display great sportsmanship. The girls continue to be successful in the classroom, on the field, and in their daily routine of life."

Lees-McRae recently capped one of the best seasons in program history, advancing to the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament and recording the program's highest win total since the 2002 campaign. Several Bobcats garnered individual recognition for their outstanding performance this fall, including Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Second Team selection MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.), who led LMC with 14 goals and 37 points in her freshman campaign.

"This is a great accomplishment for our women's soccer program," said Director of Athletics Craig McPhail. "Anytime you are noted for your sportsmanship and ethics, it distinguishes the program and the people involved for doing a great job while continuing to be successful on and off the field. I am so proud of Coach Morrill, her staff and the young women who make up our women's soccer program at Lees-McRae College."

The Bobcats are one of 49 programs to receive the Silver version of the award, and the only school from Conference Carolinas to earn this honor. Lees-McRae was shown a total of three yellow cards this season, displaying its exceptional sportsmanship and adherence to the Laws of the Game.

Lees-McRae College, a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Being a year-round tourist destination, the area provides the best of a vibrant college community coupled with natural beauty and a rich history. Please see www.lmc.edu for more information.

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