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Christina Gibbons
Gibbons Named NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/15/2016
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DURHAM, N.C. – Following an outstanding career on the pitch as well as in the classroom, Duke University senior Christina Gibbons has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  

Gibbons will be formally acknowledged for her accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on Jan. 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.

Gibbons, who hails from Raleigh, N.C., was a 2016 NSCAA Scholar All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree.  A visual media studies major, she owns a 3.90 grade-point average, has been on the Dean’s List at Duke in five of her six semesters, was a 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team selection and received All-ACC Academic Team honors each of her first three years.  

The 5-6 defender/midfielder was selected 2016 NSCAA First Team All-America and is one of 15 finalists for the Hermann Trophy.  She was named the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year along with First Team All-ACC.  Gibbons was just the third Blue Devil to receive the defensive honor from the league as Duke has registered 11 shutouts on the season.  A steady defender and dynamic offensive threat, Gibbons totaled a team-high eight assists to go along with four goals, including two game-winners.  

Only the third Duke student-athlete in school history to be selected NSCAA First Team All-America, Gibbons helped lead the Blue Devils to a 15-5-3 overall and 7-2-1 league mark and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in 2016.

As a junior, Gibbons helped the Blue Devils to a NCAA College Cup appearance, earning All-Tournament Team honors and was named a Second-Team NSCAA All-America.

Over her career, she started 86-of-87 games played and totaled 10 goals, 19 assists and 39 points.  Her seven career penalty kick goals were a school record.  Gibbons finished her career with 7,794 minutes played, which was the third most in Blue Devil history and the second most by a field player.

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