Sullivan, Kerrigan tied for 14th in nation in assists

INDIANAPOLIS --- Lees-McRae College juniors MaryBeth Sullivan (Greensboro, N.C.) and Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) are tied for 14th in the nation in both total assists and helpers per match, announced NCAA officials Wednesday in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II women's soccer statistics.

Lees-McRae (5-3-1, 4-1 Conference Carolinas) enters the week having won four of its opening five matches in conference play, including a pivotal 2-1 win at Belmont Abbey College on Sep. 26. The Bobcats begin the week ranked 39th in the nation in scoring offense (2.33) and 43rd in goals against average (0.772), while also being listed 74th in winning percentage (0.611) and 85th in save percentage (0.806).

Head coach Nick Whiting and his squad cracked the region rankings for the first time this season on Tuesday, entering the week tied with Catawba College for 10th in the NSCAA/Continental Tires NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings.

Sullivan and Kerrigan enter the week tied for 14th in the nation with six total assists each, while also being tied for 14th in assists per match (0.67). Freshman Sarah Mahar (Jacksonville, Fla.) begins the week ranked 52nd in the nation in match-winners with a pair of decisive strikes, as sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) is ranked 55th in goals against average (0.857) and 88th in save percentage (0.800).

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Thursday when the Bobcats travel to Due West, S.C. to take on Erskine College in conference play at 5 p.m.

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