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Duke Trio Captures Academic All-America Awards
Saturday 12/02/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.-For the first time in Duke men's soccer history, the Blue Devils landed three players on the Capital One Academic All-America Men's Division I Soccer Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Senior Christopher Tweed-Kent and junior Andrew Wenger both garnered first team recognition, while senior Daniel Tweed-Kent collected second team honors.

Duke is the lone program to have two players represented on the first team and one of two schools to have three players among the three teams. This marks the first time in program history Duke has played more than one player on the Academic All-America list by CoSIDA, and just the second time a player has earned first team accolades.

Wenger, a history major, paced the Blue Devils offense this season with 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points. His 17 tallies are tied for the most in Duke single-season history, while the 42 points are fifth and the most since Brian Kelley had 43 in 1995. He was selected as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, completing the trifecta of ACC major awards after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons. Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons. For his career, the Lititz, Pa., native has started all 58 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and scored 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.

Chris earned Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive season after being named to the second team in 2010. The Pittsfield, Mass., native led the ACC in assists for the second consecutive season with 12. A mechanical engineering major, Chris started all 22 games this season and compiled 24 points from six goals and 12 assists. He registered at least one point in 12 games and had a career-high two goals in the win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 25. He has earned a spot on the Dean's List every semester at Duke and is heavily involved in the Duke and Durham communities. Chris currently serves as the Co-President of ChangEducate, a program to help at-risk teens and inspire social change, and is the outreach chair of Habitat for Humanity. He has been named to the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll in each of the two previous seasons. For his career, Chris has played in 63 games with 60 starts and scored nine goals and 27 assists for 45 points.

Daniel, also a mechanical engineering major, helped to anchor the Duke defense this season at left back. A starter in 17 games, the Pittsfield, Mass., native was instrumental in the Blue Devils posting six shutouts this season. He has earned a spot on the Dean's List all six semesters as a mechanical engineering major and is a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree. Daniel is an executive board member and Chief Financial Officer for ChangEducate, which aims to educate high school students about poverty and encourage them to become entrepreneurs to lead social change. He also is equally active in DukeEngage and is a Co-President of Engineering World Health. For his career he has played in 60 games and started 28 with three goals and two assists for eight points.

Duke finished the season with an 11-8-3 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round before falling to top-ranked New Mexico, 2-1 in overtime.


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