DURHAM, N.C. – A tradition of excellence in the classroom has been a staple of Duke women's soccer and Thursday that tradition carried on, as a total of five Blue Devils received College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District III first team honors. The five, which led all Division I programs, will now be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Receiving accolades were seniors Imani Dorsey, Schuyler DeBree and EJ Proctor and juniors Chelsea Burns and Kayla McCoy. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes have to feature a 3.30 grade-point average or higher.
The group of five has been key in one of the most successful seasons in Duke women’s soccer history. Duke has gone 19-2-0 on the year, earning its 23rd NCAA Tournament bid and No. 1 seed in school history (2011). The Blue Devils also put together a perfect 10-0-0 ledger in conference play, capturing their third ACC regular season championship in school history while becoming the first team to finish perfect in league play since Virginia in 2013.
Duke’s 2017 season has featured a number of other impressive marks as well, headlined by a program best 19-game winning streak that stretched from Aug. 20 – Nov. 3.
A native of Elkridge, Md., and a tri-captain on the 2017 DWS squad, Dorsey reeled in her second-straight first team all-district honor and will look to nab her a spot on the CoSIDA All-America squad for the second-consecutive season. The 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year owns 10 goals, seven assists and 27 points on the season and tied a school record with six-straight games with a goal from Aug. 20 – Sept. 8. The environmental science and policy major is also closing in on a number of top 10 categories in the DWS record book, as she is two points from making the career points list and one score from cracking the top 10 in career goals.
The 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, DeBree reeled in the second CoSIDA Academic All-District honor of her career. The Fair Haven, N.J., native has started every match of the year and has been instrumental in Duke posting 13 shutouts, which is tied for the third most in program history. She has played 1,883 minutes and gone the distance in 18 of Duke’s 21 matches this season. DeBree, who majors in environmental science and policy, has also made some noise on the offensive side of the ball, as her game-winning goal from 45-yards out at Boston College (Oct. 19) came in at No. 6 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
Proctor, a tri-captain from Wilson, N.C., is one of the top players between the posts in the country. This is the first all-district honor for the All-ACC First Team honoree who has posted 10 shutouts and leads the ACC with a 0.44 goals against average and .846 save percentage. The visual and media studies major has also made waves in the Duke record book, as her 0.69 career goals against average is tops in school history, while her 31 shutouts stand third and 197 saves come in at sixth.
Duke’s leader on offense, McCoy makes her first appearance on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team with Thursday’s announcement. The cultural anthropology major leads the squad with 11 goals and 28 points on the year, landing her All-ACC First Team laurels. A product of Lincolnwood, Ill., McCoy is one goal and one point away from cracking the single-season lists and has tallied a team-high four game-winning goals throughout the 2017 campaign.
Hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., Burns collected the CoSIDA All-District honor for the first time in her career as well. Burns has been a dual threat option for the Blue Devils this season, starting every match on a Duke backline that has shut out 13 opponents, while also contributing six goals. She has been the Blue Devils’ penalty kick specialist, going 4-for-5 in such situations, while scoring her other two goals off of set plays.
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