Three Bobcats Earn NSCAA/adidas All America Awards

KANSAS CITY, MO--Three members of the nationally ranked Lees-McRae College men's soccer team were honored as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the NSCAA/adidas All America Team. The Bobcats finished the year ranked as the number seven team in the country after falling in the NCAA Elite Eight, the first time the Bobcats have qualified for the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship in program history.

Sophomore captain Matt Lacey (Norwich, England), freshman Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) and junior Berin Boracic (Orlando, FL) were all named All Americans, the first All America honors by a member of the Bobcats soccer program since current Major League Soccer star Khano Smith '02 claimed back to back honors in 2001 and 2002. The threesome was also named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's All State team.

"As a Coaching Staff, we are extremely pleased that the boys have been recognized with such a high achievement," stated third year Head Coach Chris Whalley, himself honored as the NSCAA/adidas Southeast Region Coach of the Year and currently a finalist for National Coach of the Year. "We could not be prouder of the guys; they put in a great deal of hard work and effort this season. Lacey, Squige, (Squires) and Bora, (Boracic) were obviously a big part of our success this season; I am sure they join me in thanking their teammates for their contributions."

After claiming NSCAA/adidas Second Team All Region honors as a freshman in 2006, Lacey adds NSCAA/adidas First Team All America accolades to his First Team All Region honor for his third NSCAA award in just two seasons. The sophomore from Norwich, England, set career highs in assists (7), and points (23) in 2007 while scoring eight goals, one shy of matching his career high. A team captain, Lacey started all 21 games he played in, and is the epitome of a centre midfielder. Contributing at both ends of the field and acting as a general on the field, Lacey's influence can be seen in both the defensive and offensive halves of the field; assisting his defenders protect the goal while also creating opportunities offensively for himself as well as his forwards, Boracic and Squires. Lacey was also honored with First Team All Conference Carolinas, Daktronics Second Team All Region and both Conference Carolinas All Tournament Team and NCAA Southeast Regional All Tournament Team accolades in 2007.

Joining Lacey on the NSCAA/adidas All America First Team is Lee Squires. The Sheffield, England native's first season of collegiate soccer has been a memorable one, setting school records in single season goals scored with 24, breaking Smith's previous record of 19, while also establishing the single season record for game winning goals with nine. The two time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honoree also added six assists to lead Conference Carolinas with 54 points. Both Squires' 2.25 points per game average as well as his goal per game pace ranked seventh best in the nation in 2007. Squires' play during the Conference Carolinas Tournament earned the freshman forward the Tournament MVP award while he also garnered NSCAA/adidas First Team All Region, First Team All Conference Carolinas, Daktronics First Team All Region, Daktronics Second Team All America and Conference Carolinas All Tournament Team awards.

Another dual All American this season, Boracic was named to the NSCAA/adidas All America Second Team after earning Third Team honors on the Daktronics All America Team. The junior forward has claimed his fair share of hardware in 2007, earning Conference Carolinas and Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year honors helping guide the Bobcats to the program's best season in history. Finishing second to Squires in team and conference scoring, Boracic established new career highs in goals (18), assists (11), and points (47). Boracic' 11 assists led Conference Carolinas and placed 14th nationally in assists per game while his 47 points ranked 16th nationally in points per game and 18 goals were good enough for 20th nationally in goals per game. A three time Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honoree, Boracic registered six multi-goal games this season while also earning First Team All Conference Carolinas, NSCAA/adidas First Team All Region and First Team Daktronic All Region awards.

"As a program we are honored to achieve such praise and success," concluded Whalley. "However we understand that there is still much work to be done in order for us to achieve some of our team goals. I know the players as well as the coaching staff are looking forward to our spring season; we'll be working hard to ensure we give ourselves the best possible opportunity to achieve those goals."

2007 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-America Teams

(Listed by Position, Name, Class, School, Hometown)

First Team
K, James Thorpe **, Sr., Franklin Pierce University, East Longmeadow, Mass.
D, Andy Bacon, Sr., Northern Kentucky University, Middletown Ohio
D, Bisharra Ettienne *, Sr., Franklin Pierce University, East Elmhurst, N.Y.
D, Ancil Farrier, Jr., Southern Connecticut State University, Los Bajos, Trinidad
M, Anthony Capurro *, Sr., Northern Kentucky University, Cincinnati, Ohio
M, John Fishbaugher, Sr., Seattle University, Redmond, Wash.
M, Matias Pietropinto, Jr., University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Leominster, Mass.
M, Matthew Lacey, So., Lees-McRae College, Norwich, England
F, Andrew Bailey *, Jr., Sonoma State University, Davis, Calif.
F, Braden Bishop, So., Northern Kentucky University, Centerville, Ohio
F, Jimmy McHenry, Sr., University of West Florida, Tallahassee, Fla.
F, Sammy Rivas, Sr., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Long Beach, Calif.
F, Lee Squires, So., Lees-McRae College, Sheffield, England

Second Team
K, Greg Crook, Sr., SIU-Edwardsville, Columbia, Ill.
D, Ben Clark, Sr., Wingate University, Chesterfield, England
D, Adam Frazer, Sr., University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala.
D, Jamie Ramm, So., Lander University, Scarborough, England
M, Edens Chery, Sr., University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Brockton, Mass.
M, Ahmad Ihmeidan, Jr., Midwestern State University, Fort Smith, Ark.
M, Randy Roy, So., SIU-Edwardsville, St. Louis, Mo.
F, Dustin Attarian, Jr., SIU-Edwardsville, St. Louis, Mo.
F, Berin Boracic, Jr., Lees-McRae College, Orlando, FL
F, David Clifton, Sr., Franklin Pierce University, London, England
F, Tommy Heinemann, So., Rockhurst University, St. Louis, Mo.

Third Team
K, Juan Garcia, Jr., University of West Florida, Bogota, Colombia
D, Lee Porter, Jr., Lynn University, Repton, England
D, Nick Evans *, Sr., University of the Incarnate Word, Aberaeron, Wales
D, Kevin Gallaugher, So., Cal State Dominguez Hills, Walnut, Calif.
D, Thomas Ostvold, So., Carson-Newman College, Stavanger, Norway
M, Kyle Cupid, Sr., New York Institute of Technology, Chaguanas, Trinidad
M, Nestor Hernandez, So., Lewis University, Chicago, Ill.
M, Carl Rydin, So., Dowling College, Gothenburg, Sweden
F, Dwight Barnett, Sr., Lynn University, Jamaica, N.Y.
F, Jonathan Maloney, Jr., University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Ala.
F, Leandro Pereira, So., Lincoln Memorial University, Brasilia, Brazil

* - indicates previous All America awards


PICTURED BELOW: Berin Boracic bends a ball past an unidentified defender

PICTURED SECOND BELOW: Lee Squires puts a ball over Belmont Abbey goalkeeper in Conference Tournament action.