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Proch Named to Scholar All-America 1st Team
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/11/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.—For just the ninth time in Duke men’s soccer history a Blue Devil has been selected to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team. Junior Daniele Proch garnered first-team accolades, adding yet another award to a long list of postseason honors for the Riva Del Garda, Italy native.

Proch, one of two ACC representatives on the teams, is one of 28 selections overall and one of three juniors on the first team and one of eight juniors overall to be chosen. Only four players on the Scholar All-America list also earned All-America recognition, with Proch being the only non-senior of the quartet.

The third-year striker joins a list of seven other Blue Devils – Jay Heaps, Jordan Cila, Michael Videira, Joe Germanese, Tim Jepson, Andrew Wenger and James Belshaw – to have garnered the prestigious honor since 1998. Belshaw is the lone two-time representative from Duke.

Duke’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2011, earning third team recognition a week ago, Proch has reaped virtually every award possible this postseason. In addition to his All-America honor and Google Cloud Academic All-America award, he also recently was named a Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, the first for a Blue Devil since Andrew Wenger won the award in 2011, and garnered All-ACC first team honors. His second team All-America honors were the highest for a Blue Devil wince Wenger was a first-team choice in 2011.

A history major, Proch has excelled on the field and in the classroom since arriving on campus in the fall of 2017. He was named to the Google Cloud All-District III team in his first year of eligibility and is one of two ACC players represented on the USC Scholar All-South Region first team. Overall, only four ACC players were voted to Scholar All-Region with Duke, Clemson, Louisville and Notre Dame being represented.

Duke’s first All-ACC first-team honoree since 2015, Proch paced the Duke offense with 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. The native of Italy got off to a hot start with five goals in his first three games of 2018, 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. His 26 points were the most by a Blue Devil since 2011 Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Wenger had 42.

Proch’s play regularly caught peoples eye as he picked up weekly recognition twice from College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer and was named the John Rennie Invitational Most Valuable Player.

In the classroom, Proch holds a 3.70 grade point average as a history major and was voted to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

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.

The Blue Devils finished the year 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.