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Five Blue Devils Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/10/2010
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James Belshaw and Andrew Wenger Were First Team Selections
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DURHAM, N.C.-Five members of the Duke University men's soccer team were selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region teams the organization announced recently. The Blue Devils landed three first team selections and one on both the second and third teams.

The sophomore trio of James Belshaw, Ryan Finley and Andrew Wenger all were voted to the first team, while senior Cole Grossman garnered second team honors and freshman Sebastien Ibeagha was a third team selection.  Duke led all schools with five honorees, while the three first team choices were the second most. Ibeagha was the lone freshman to be picked among the 33 players.

A goalkeeper, Belshaw earned his second All-South Region award after picking up third team honors as a rookie. He anchored Duke's backline to six shutouts in 2010, finishing with a 0.79 goals against average, a .814 save percent and four shutouts on the year. Selected to the All-ACC second team in 2010, the native of Nottingham, England registered five-plus saves in six games, including a season-best 15 against current No. 1 Louisville. His 15 save versus the Cardinals were the most by an individual goalkeeper in the ACC this season. Starting in 39 games for his career, Belshaw owns a 22-13-4 overall record, a 1.04 goals against average, a .756 save percentage and seven shutouts.

Finley led all Blue Devils in scoring in 2010 with 17 goals and 37 points overall. His 17 tallies are the most in the ACC, while his 0.94 goals per game remain tops in the nation. He posted three hat tricks on the year and had five multiple goal games en route to earning the ACC Offensive Player of the Year award. His 17 goals are tied for the Duke single season record, while his 37 points are tied for ninth in a single season at Duke. This is Finley's second time on the All-South Region teams, earning second team honors in 2009. For his career the native of Lumberton, N.J., has 28 goals and eight assists for 64 points.

Wenger captured his second All-South Region first team honor in as many seasons after anchoring Duke's defense as a center back. Selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the native of Lititz, Pa., became the first player since Jay Heaps in 1995 and 1996 to earn All-ACC first team recognition in his first two seasons.  Wenger, also the 2009 ACC Freshman of the Year, has been at the heart of Duke's defense the past two seasons. He led the team in minutes played in 2010 and helped lead the Blue Devils to six shutouts. Selected as a Hermann Trophy semifinalist, Wenger also provided two assists in 2010 to push his career points total to 15. He has started every game in his career and owns four goals and five assists for 13 points.

Grossman, a midfielder, picks up second team recognition for the second consecutive season after pacing the Blue Devil midfield for the previous three seasons. He garnered All-ACC first team recognition in 2010 for the first time after taking home second team honors in 2009.  He finished his senior season ranked second on the team in scoring with 28 points off of 10 goals and eight assists. A native of St. Louis, Mo.,  Grossman had a hand in 18 of Duke's 34 goals in 2010 and netted two game-winning goals, including the winning goal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Grossman completed his career with 25 goals and 24 assists for 74 points in 70 games played. He recently was invited to the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine in preparation of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft in January.

A defensive stalwart at center back, Ibeagha has been outstanding for the Blue Devils in his 16 games played. Coming back from an early season injury, Ibeagha started 16 games overall and went the distance in 11 games overall to earn ACC All-Freshmen Team honors. Paired with Wenger as a central defender, he helped Duke post six shutouts this season. Ibeagha is also a threat on the offensive end on set pieces. The native of Houston, Texas tallied his first career point with an assist against Furman.

The Blue Devils finished the 2010 season with a 10-6-4 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament second round for the second straight year.


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