Christina Gibbons being named the ACC Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Duke University featured seven different student-athletes selected to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Women’s Soccer Team, which was released Tuesday by the league office.GREENSBORO, N.C. – Headlined by
Gibbons, a product of Raleigh, N.C., became the first Blue Devil to be named ACC Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year with the honor. The 5-6 defender/midfielder closed her standout career at Duke by earning NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, NSCAA Scholar All-America first team, Senior CLASS Award Winner and was a NSCAA First Team All-America as a senior.
After totaling 10 goals, 19 assists and 39 points, Gibbons was selected No. 5 overall in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City in January. She helped lead Duke to 38 shutouts over her career and finished with a school-record seven penalty kick goals. Gibbons, the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, logged 7,794 minutes, which was the second-most by a field player in Blue Devil history. A 2016 Duke graduate with a degree in visual and media studies, Gibbons registered a 3.909 grade-point average over her career.
As a team, Duke ranked tied first in the ACC with seven selections to the All-ACC Academic Team along with Notre Dame. Clemson added six, while Virginia, Florida State, Miami, NC State and North Carolina each had four selections.
Receiving honors for the Blue Devils were Gibbons, Schuyler DeBree, Imani Dorsey, Toni Payne, EJ Proctor, Lizzy Raben and Ella Stevens.
A native of Fair Haven, N.J., DeBree started all 23 matches on the defensive end for the Blue Devils in 2016. She helped Duke register 11 shutouts on the year and tallied 1,924 minutes played, which ranked third on the squad. DeBree was a CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team selection. She is majoring in environmental science.
Dorsey, who hails from Elkridge, Md., collected seven goals, seven assists and 21 points on the season. She started 22-of-23 matches and earned All-ACC second team accolades. A CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-America, Dorsey ranked seventh in the ACC in points, 10th in points per game (0.91), tied sixth in assists, tied eighth in assists per game (0.30), fourth in shots (70) and eighth in shots per game (3.04). She is majoring in environmental science.
After closing her career with 23 goals, 21 assists and 67 points over four years, Payne earned All-ACC Academic Team honors for the first time in her career. A product of Birmingham, Ala., Payne was a NSCAA All-Southeast Region third team selection and All-ACC first team honoree, after totaling nine goals, six assists and 24 points as a senior. Payne, a political science major, was drafted No. 13 in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City.
Proctor, a product of Wilson, N.C., started all 23 matches in goal for the Blue Devils as a junior. She collected 10 shutouts and a 0.63 goals-against average, which was the second-best ledger in school history. In the ACC stats, Proctor ranked fourth in goals-against average, ninth in saves (59), sixth in save percentage (.797) and tied third in shutouts. A visual and media studies major, Proctor owns 21 career shutouts at Duke and was named to the All-ACC Academic team for the second straight year.
Earning All-ACC Academic Team accolades for the second time in her career, Raben was a key component of Duke’s standout defense a year ago. She started all 23 matches and appeared in 1,812 minutes for the Blue Devils. Raben, who is from Greenwood Village, Colo., was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team selection and is majoring in global cultural studies.
Stevens, a rookie from Grayson, Ga., made an immediate impact with the Blue Devils in 2016 leading the squad with 10 goals to go along with six assists and a team-high 26 points. She earned NSCAA All-Southeast Region Third Team, All-ACC Third Team and All-ACC Freshman team honors for her efforts. Stevens started 17 of the 23 matches she appeared in.
The Blue Devils registered a 15-5-3 overall and 7-2-1 ledger in ACC action, while reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. It marked the seventh time over the last 10 years Duke advanced to the quarterfinals under the direction of head coach Robbie Church.