DURHAM, N.C.— A trio of Blue Devils was honored for their excellence in the classroom and on the soccer field, earning spots on the Men’s Soccer All-ACC Academic Team as announced by Commissioner John Swofford Tuesday. It was the first honor for all three Blue Devils.
Cody Brinkman, Max Moser and Brian White all represented Duke on the 40-person squad. Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
White, a political science major, garnered All-ACC second team honors in 2016 after leading Duke in points with 14. A native of Flemington, N.J., White started all 17 games for the Blue Devils and ranked fourth overall in minutes played. He led all scorers with five goals and four assists for a career-best 14 points, ranking tied for 10th in the ACC. In his 17 outings, White tallied three game-winning goals, including the 90th minute strike that lifted the Blue Devils over No. 9 UCLA 1-0 in Los Angeles.
An electrical and computer engineering major, Brinkman has been a mainstay in the Duke midfield during his career. A starter in all 17 games, Brinkman ranked sixth on the team in minutes played and was second among midfielders. The junior is equally as steady in the classroom, earning Dean’s List honors in each of his semesters at Duke.
Moser, voted the team’s Rookie of the Year, led all Blue Devils with seven assists in 2016 to earn ACC All-Freshman Team recognition. His total ranked third in the ACC and is tied for third among all freshmen nationally. Only eight freshmen in Division I soccer had at least seven assists to their names. Moser’s 0.41 assists per game average is second among freshmen and tied for 34th overall nationally. He was one of eight freshman voted to the All-ACC Academic Team.
Duke finished the year with a 7-8-2 overall record and went 2-5-1 in ACC play. The Blue Devils fell to Notre Dame in overtime of the ACC Championship first round, 3-2.