DURHAM, N.C.—The honors continue to roll in for Duke forward Daniele Proch following his breakout season. The junior striker was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top men and women’s soccer player, as announced by the United Soccer Coaches.
Proch had a breakout season as Duke’s leading scorer with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points en route to leading the Blue Devils to an 11-7-2 overall record and the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championship. He is one of four representatives from the ACC.
In only his second season as a Blue Devil, Proch was named to the All-ACC first team this year, Duke’s first such honoree since 2015. Proch, a native of Italy, got off to a hot start with five goals in his first three games, 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. He currently ranks third in the ACC in goals and fourth in points, while his 26 points are the most by a Blue Devil since 2011 Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Wenger had 42.
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.
Duke has had six Hermann Trophy winners in history tied for the most with Indiana. The last Blue Devil winner was Andrew Wenger in 2011. Included in the list is current head coach John Kerr in 1986.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967. Three men’s finalists and three women’s finalists will be named on December 14 at the conclusion of voting by NCAA Division I soccer coaches.
The Blue Devils finished the 2018 season 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.