NEWBERRY, S.C. – The postseason awards keep rolling in for the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team as three of its student-athletes were named to the D2CCA All-Southeast Region squads Wednesday morning. Senior Tom Deeley earned a spot on the first team and was also tabbed the region's player of the year. Sophomore Harvey McMorrow also was named to the first team, while Nathan Watt rounded out the honorees for Lees-McRae after being named to the second team.
It's been an exciting off-season for the program to continue to receive recognition for our players' hard work," said LMC Head Coach Rich Wall.
Wednesday's honor for Deeley is the latest of several for senior from Oxford, England in his final season in the Green and Gold. Deeley led the Bobcats in goals scored (13) and points (34) on his way to be named the Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year this fall. Deeley has also earned acclaim off the pitch as well being named to both the Academic All-Conference team and CoSIDA Academic All-District squad.
"Tom being named player of the year is a credit to his consistent level of productivity," Wall said of Deeley. "He was sort of our lifeline in a number of games this season. Rollins, Newberry, and King come to mind. If he wasn't going on those days, those are three losses for us. He also goes and gets us the game winner late against a quality team like Carson-Newman. Some will say the sign of a good player is what they do in the biggest moments. But to me it's, more so what they do to help the team arrive at those big moments. Tom did that for us this season, just as he has his junior and sophomore years as well."
McMorrow was named to the All-Southeast Region squad after posting a stellar first season on the active roster for LMC posting 17 points (2g, 13a). The Maidstone, England native was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week on September 18. Additionally, McMorrow scored the game-winning goal at Mount Olive on September 16 and has posted two three-assist performances this fall.
"Harvey put together a season that few players in his role would be able to at this level," said Wall.
Watt saved his best play for his last season as a Bobcat. The senior midfielder set new career-highs in both goals (4) and assists (14). His 14 assists ranked second in the nation behind only Chahin Aghrim who had 15. For his work during the regular season, Watt was named to the Conference Carolinas Third Team.
"Nathan obviously had a career year, and has earned this accolade," said Wall of Watt's play this fall.
With being named to the first team All-Region, both Deeley and McMorrow will be placed on the All-American ballot to be voted on by sports information directors across the country. The announcement of the All-American teams will be made on December 1st.