|Bobcats Headed To First NCAA Tourmament|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Saturday, 05 November 2011 23:28|
The top-seeded and Conference Carolinas regular season champion Lees-McRae College women's soccer team edged third-seeded Belmont Abbey College in a penalty kick shootout to win the program's second conference tournament title, and punch the school's first-ever ticket to theNCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon on Tate Field.
Lees-McRae (13-4-3) outshot Belmont Abbey (12-7-2) by a 13-8 margin, including a 4-1 edge in the first half, in a defense battle. Lees-McRae's Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) and Belmont Abbey's Hannah Kohls recorded five and three saves, respectively, to each keep a clean sheet.
The match remained scoreless through regulation and each period of extra time, as the teams headed into a decisive penalty kick shootout. Seniors Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.) converted each of their opportunities to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead in the shootout, and after Belmont Abbey took advantage of their third and fourth chances, freshman Ariana Smith (Jackson, N.J.) and senior Jessica O'Leary (Millbury, Mass.) buried their attempts to send the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
Lees-McRae senior defender Mary Dorn (Shallotte, N.C.) earned tournament MVP honors, while Emily Jones (Leonardtown, Md.), O'Leary, Smith, and Santerre were each named to the all-tournament team.
With the result, Lees-McRae earns the Conference Carolinas' automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and now await the announcement of the tournament field via the NCAA Selection Show on Monday night at 7 p.m. The selection show will air via NCAA.com.
Conference Carolinas all-Tournament Team
Mary Dorn (MVP), Lees-McRae
Bobcats ace Saints in straight-set sweep
The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team recorded 15 service aces en route to a straight set sweep over Limestone College on Saturday afternoon, clinching its second consecutive unblemished worksheet in Conference Carolinas play in its regular season finale.
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