The Lees-McRae College women's soccer team has been selected to participate in the program's first-ever NCAA Division II women's soccer championship, announced NCAA officials Monday evening.
regular season championship. The Bobcats also won the conference tournament title in dramatic fashion to earn the league's automatic bid, capturing the trophy after edging Belmont Abbey College in a penalty kick shootout.
This fall has been a season of program-firsts for Lees-McRae (13-4-3), as the Bobcats are fresh off capturing the school's first outright Conference Carolinas
Lees-McRae enters the tournament as the sixth seed in the Southeast Region and will face third-seeded Columbus State University (15-4-2) on Friday evening at 6 p.m. on the campus of second-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne University (17-2-0) in Hickory, N.C. The winner of Friday's match will advance to Sunday's second round contest against Lenoir-Rhyne.
North Georgia College & State University (15-2-3) is the fourth seed, and will square off against fifth-seeded Wingate University (16-3-0) on Friday on the campus of top-seeded Armstrong Atlantic State University (15-2-3). The winner of the North Georgia/Wingate matchup will advance to Sunday's second round contest against Armstrong Atlantic.
Lees-McRae has put together one of the best seasons in program history, posting an 11-1 record in league play to capture the Conference Carolinas regular championship for the first time since 2000. The Bobcats boost a potent offensive attack, entering the tournament ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense, led by Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.), sophomore MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.), and seniors Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.).
The Bobcats will return to the pitch on Friday when they take on third-seeded Columbus State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus at 6 p.m. in Hickory, N.C.
Friday, November 11, 2011 (Lenoir-Rhyne University - Hickory, N.C.)
No. 6 Lees-McRae vs. No. 3 Columbus State, 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 13, 2011 (Lenoir-Rhyne University- Hickory, N.C.)
Lees-McRae/Columbus State vs. No. 2 Lenoir-Rhyne, 2 p.m.
Bobcats Earn NCAA Bid Will Face Anderson Wednesday
The Lees-McRae College men's soccer team has been selected to participate in its fifth-straight NCAA Division II men's soccer championship, announced NCAA officials Monday evening.
Lees-McRae (14-5-1) advanced to the championship match of the Conference Carolinas Tournament this past weekend, dropping a narrow 1-0 decision to regular season and tournament champion Coker College (18-2). The Bobcats are the sixth seed in the Southeast Region, drawing an opening round matchup with Anderson University (17-3), who defeated LMC by a 4-0 score line earlier this season.
Coker is the top overall seed in the region tournament, earning a first round bye and a matchup with the winner of the opening tilt between fourth-seeded Mars Hill College (11-5-1) and fifth-seeded University of Montevallo (12-4-4). The winner of the Lees-McRae/Anderson matchup will take on second-seeded Flagler College (15-3-2) in the second round.
The Bobcats sport a balanced offense attack this season, led by sophomore James Galvani (High Wycombe, England), and freshmen James Smith (Eastbourne, England) and Scott Alford (Hillsborough, N.C.). Galvani enters the tournament with a team-leading 10 goals and 24 points this season, while Smith and Alford have posted 16 and 14 tallies, respectively.
Lees-McRae will take on Anderson in its opening round match on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. in Anderson, S.C. The Bobcats will look to avenge a 4-0 loss to the Trojans earlier this season.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (Anderson University - Anderson, S.C.)
No. 6 Lees-McRae vs. No. 3 Anderson, 2 p.m.
Friday, November 11, 2011 (Flagler College - St. Augustine, Fla.)
Lees-McRae/Anderson vs. No. 2 Flagler, 4:30 p.m.
Bobcats Fall At UNC-Asheville
J.P. Primm scored 24 points, while Matt Dickey added 18 points as UNC Asheville downed Lees-McRae 98-67 in an exhibition game Monday night at the Bulldogs brand new Kimmel Arena.
The defending Big South Conference champions shook off a sluggish first half and steadily built on the lead throughout the night as Asheville prepared for the regular season with its only exhibition game.
Chris Stephenson added 14 points, while Jason Lane finished with 12 points.
The Bobcats were led by Daniel Sepokas with 17 points. B.J. Battle contributed 11 points, while Jeremiah Henry chipped in 10 points.
Both teams shot a lot of free throws in the foul-filled contest as 46 fouls were called. Asheville went 31-of-36 from the charity stripe, while Lees-McRae went 19-of-35.
The Bulldogs forced 23 turnovers and had 13 steals in the game. Freshman Trent Meyer had four steals for Asheville.
Primm, a first-team pre-season Big South All-Conference selection, was 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. He also pulled down six rebounds.
Dickey, the Big South's Preseason Player of the Year, had a tough night shooting as he went 4-of-11 from the field and did not make a three-point attempt as he went 0-for-6. However, the senior guard went 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, dished out six assists and pulled down five rebounds.
A free throw from Will Lopez gave the Bobcats a 17-16 lead midway through the first half before Asheville went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good at 24-17. Dickey had six points during the run.
The Bulldogs had good balanced scoring in the final eight minutes as they scored 20 points to lead 44-30 at halftime. Seven different Asheville players scored during the run.
The Bulldogs led by 14 at halftime despite shooting just 38.2 percent (13-of-34) from the field and making 11 turnovers. However, Asheville's defense forced 14 turnovers that gave the home team a 19-5 advantage. Dickey scored 13 points in the opening half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs continued to build on the lead as Primm scored 15 of his points after intermission. The senior guard went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs were 15-of-17 from the foul line in the second half.