October 31, 2011

Bobcats place seven on Conference Carolinas all-Academic team

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Seven members of the Lees-McRae College women's soccer team have been named to the Conference Carolinas all-Academic team, announced league officials Monday.

Lees-McRae, Mount Olive College, and Queens University of Charlotte each placed seven student-athletes on the team to lead the conference, as Pfeiffer University had six players meet the criteria for inclusion on the all-academic team. Bobcats Mary Dorn (Shallotte, N.C.), Brooke Santerre (Port Republic, Md.), Vickie Rich (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Emily Jones (Leonardtown, Md.), Jessica O'Leary (Millbury, Mass.), Monica Young (Supply, N.C.), and LeeAnn Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) were each selected to represent Lees-McRae.

Dorn is in the midst of a stellar season with the Bobcats, helping the Lees-McRae backline keep nine clean sheets in conference play en route to the program's first league title since 2000. A native of Shallotte, N.C., Dorn has posted three goals and one assist this season, while helping the Bobcats hold their opponents to two goals or less in all but one match this fall.

Santerre has put together another solid campaign with the Bobcats this fall, tallying seven goals, four assists, and one match-winner in league play this season. A native of Port Republic, Md., Santerre strung together a three-match goal-scoring streak earlier this fall, finding the back of the net four times against Barton, Converse and Queens.

Rich became the eighth player in program history to breach the 100-point plateau earlier this season, entering the conference tournament ranked eighth on the school's all-time list with 102 markers in her career. A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Rich is also tied for sixth in goals (38) and seventh in assists (26), while entering Monday's conference quarterfinal against Erskine two match-winners shy of tying the program's all-time record.

Jones is enjoying another fine season for the Bobcats, tying a career-high with four assists this fall in 14 appearances. A native of Leonardtown, Md., Jones posted a season-high three points against Barton on Homecoming, tallying one goal and one assist to pace the Bobcats to a 6-2 victory over the Bulldogs.

O'Leary has put together a solid campaign this fall, recording two goals, three assists, and seven points in 14 appearances. A native of Millbury, Mass., O'Leary scored a career-high two goals on Sep. 10 against St. Andrews, converting from the spot and sending a tremendous strike into the back of the net from distance to lead the Bobcats to a 10-0 win over the Knights.

Young has been unable to take the pitch with the Bobcats this season, battling several injuries after a career season in 2010. The Supply, N.C. native enjoyed a pair of personal highlights last fall, scoring her first collegiate goal against Converse before tallying the first assist of her career against Coker.

Sullivan has performed well in her first season of competition with the Bobcats, tallying one goal and two assists in 17 appearances on the backline. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Sullivan has helped the Bobcat defense keep nine clean sheets in conference play this season, while scoring her first collegiate goal against Coker to cap a three-match points streak.

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Monday when the top-seeded Bobcats host eighth-seeded Erskine College in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament at 7 p.m. on Tate Field.

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