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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Duke Soccer Teams Earn Team Academic Award
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/13/2011
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DURHAM, N.C.-The Duke University men and women's soccer teams recently were honored for their stellar work in the classroom, earning the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award. Duke is one of 159 schools across all divisions to have both their men and women's team represented.

The team must carry at least a 3.0 grade point average to be eligible for the award. Duke was one of two programs from the ACC to have both teams capture the award. Overall, eight ACC women's teams earned recognitions and two men's teams garnered the honor.

On the men's side, Duke made program history this season as it placed three players on the Capital One Academic All-America teams for the first time. Andrew Wenger and Christopher Tweed-Kent were just the second and third players to win first team recognitions, while Daniel Tweed-Kent took second team honors.

For the women, Duke had three players earned Capital One Academic All-District III accolades. Maddy Haller was a first team choice, while Kaitlyn Kerr and Mollie Pathman were voted to the second team. Pathman also went on to win the Elite 89 Award as the player who advanced to the College Cup with the highest GPA.

The Duke men's squad finished the year with an 11-8-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third consecutive season.

The women had a record-setting season, finishing the year with a 22-4-1 overall record and advancing to the national title game. The Blue Devils fell to Stanford 1-0 in the championship match. It was the first appearance for Duke in the NCAA College Cup since 1992 and the first under head coach Robbie Church.