DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University senior forward Brian White garnered his biggest postseason honor yet in being named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America third team Thursday evening as announced by the United Soccer Coaches Association at the College Cup banquet.
White is the 33rd different Blue Devil to earn All-America honors since Sebastien Ibeagha captured third team honors in 2013. He is the first forward to be recognized with an All-America award since Andrew Wenger in 2011 and the ninth forward in program history to receive the accolade. The Flemington, N.J., native is one of seven honorees from the Atlantic Coast Conference and one of 30 first-time recipients.
A two-time All-ACC second-team choice, White earns his first All-America award after leading the Blue Devils in scoring with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. He currently ranks 10th in the ACC in goals and eighth in points and is one of 53 Division I players to record double-digit goals so far this season. Both totals are career-bests for the senior captain as he helped Duke to its best ACC regular season finish since a third-place showing in 2011.
White recorded his first career multiple-goal game against Fordham in August and finished his season with tallies in nine games overall. He netted the game-winning goals against Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Appalachian State. For his career, White has 23 goals and 10 assists for 56 points. He played in 73 games overall with 63 starts.
This year’s NCAA Division I Men’s All-Americans will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention.
The Blue Devils finished the 2017 campaign with a 13-4-3 overall record and took fourth in the ACC regular season standings. The six-game improvement from a year ago matched the best one-year turnaround in Duke history, while the 13 wins are the second-most under head coach John Kerr. Duke, earning a top 16 seed for the first time since 2006, advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 before falling in heartbreaking fashion in penalty kicks to Fordham.