DURHAM, N.C.—The accolades continue to roll in for Duke striker Daniele Proch. The junior, two days after garnering All-Region first team honors, was named the Google Cloud Men’s Soccer Division I Academic All-America Third Team as selected by CoSIDA.
Proch is one of 33 player selected to the Division I team and one of six representatives from the ACC. He is the first Blue Devil to garner the award since Duke had a trio selected in 2011. Proch is the eighth different Duke player to earn the prestigious award.
A history major, Proch has excelled on the field and in the classroom since arriving on campus in the fall of 2017. He was named to the Google Cloud All-District III team in his first year of eligibility and is one of 15 non-senior or graduate students represented on the All-America list.
Proch has hauled in a fair few awards in his second season as a Blue Devil. He recently was named a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, the first for a Blue Devil since Andrew Wenger won the award in 2011, and garnered All-ACC first team honors.
Duke’s first All-ACC first-team honoree since 2015, Proch paced the Duke offense with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. The native of Italy got off to a hot start with five goals in his first three games of 2018, matching his total from 20 games in 2017.
He continued to score for the Blue Devils, tallying a goal in six of seven games in the middle of the season. Possessing great instincts on the field overall, he also dished out both assists in Duke’s 2-0 road win over Virginia Tech. His 26 points were the most by a Blue Devil since 2011 Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Wenger had 42.
Proch’s play regularly caught peoples eye as he picked up weekly recognition twice from College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer and was named the John Rennie Invitational Most Valuable Player.
In the classroom, Proch holds a 3.70 grade point average as a history major and was voted to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
For his career at Duke, Proch has played in 40 games with 37 starting assignments. He owns 16 goals and 38 points in those contests.
The Blue Devils finished the year with an 11-7-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAA third round. Duke earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year and advanced to the ACC Semifinals after finishing third in the regular season standings.