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Wenger, Belshaw Collect Scholar All-America Awards
Saturday 12/20/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.-The awards continue to come in for members of the Duke University men's soccer team as the duo of juniors Andrew Wenger and James Belshaw captured Scholar All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Wenger earned first team recognition, while Belshaw was picked to the second team.

Wenger is one of four juniors selected to the first team and one of two players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to land on the top squad. Overall, Duke and North Carolina were the lone two ACC schools represented with both programs getting two spots. Belshaw and Wenger were two of the 14 juniors represented on the 33-person list.

After two years of anchoring Duke's defense at center back, Wenger moved forward to headline Duke's offense in 2011. He led the ACC with 17 goals and 42 points overall and ranked fourth nationally in total points and sixth in total goals. A starter in every game for Duke over the past three years, Wenger has reaped nearly every ACC award possible. He was selected as the 2011 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.

Wenger, a three-time All-ACC first team recipient, is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons. His 17 tallies in 2011 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.

In 2011, he registered at least one point in 11 games and twice had a career-best seven points. Wenger netted two hat tricks on the year and had five multiple-goal games.

 Equally as successful in the classroom, Wenger became the second Blue Devil in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors and has earned spots on both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll each of his three seasons.

For his career, Wenger has started all 63 games, played all but 131 minutes in that span and registered 21 goals and 13 assists for 55 points.

Belshaw, Duke's starting goalkeeper for the past three seasons, helped anchor Duke to six shutouts this season. He earned All-ACC first team accolades in 2011 after collecting second team honors in 2010. The Nottingham, England native posted a 1.31 goals against average, a .729 save percentage and had 78 saves for Duke this season and was named to the NSCAA All-South Region second team honors.

He made a season-high eight saves to lead Duke to a 1-0 victory at Furman and has eight games with five-plus stops. For his career, Belshaw has started 60 games and sports a 1.14 goals against average and a .745 save percentage with 13 shutouts.

Duke posted an 11-8-3 record in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third consecutive season.

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