DURHAM, N.C. – Another set of academic accolades rolled in Thursday for the Duke women’s soccer program, as a school record and nation best four Blue Devils were tabbed United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans, the organization announced.
Imani Dorsey and Schuyler DeBree were tabbed UCS Scholar First Team All-America, while EJ Proctor and Kayla McCoy were named to the second team. This marks the most selections for Duke in a single season and the first time having multiple players land USC Scholar All-America honors. The four join Christina Gibbons (2015-16), Christie McDonald (2007-08) and Carolyn Ford (2005) as Scholar All-Americans in program history.
The group of four was a major key in one of the most successful seasons in Duke women’s soccer history. Duke posted a 23-2-1 record on the year, earning its 23rd NCAA Tournament bid, second No. 1 seed and fourth trip to the College Cup. The Blue Devils also put together a perfect 10-0-0 ledger in conference play, capturing their third ACC regular season championship in school history.
Duke’s 2017 season has featured a number of other impressive marks as well, headlined by a program best 19-game winning streak that stretched from Aug. 20 – Nov. 3.
Dorsey, the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, was the senior leader of a dominant Duke attack in 2017. An environmental science and policy major with a 3.70 GPA, Dorsey paced a Blue Devil offense that finished second nationally in points (171) and third in goals (60). Dorsey’s 14 scores finished 12th nationally, helping a Duke offense that has produced the nation’s ninth-best scoring offense with 2.31 goals per game. The Elkridge, Md., native was also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy.
Commanding one of the best backlines in the country was DeBree, the 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. The Fair Haven, N.J., native led a defensive unit that has shut out a school-record 18 opponents this season, including a program best eight ACC foes. DeBree, who holds a 3.85 GPA as an environmental science and policy major, also contributed a goal as she scored the first of her career off a 45-yard free kick at Boston College (Oct. 19). The game-winning score landed at No. 6 on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
An All-ACC First Team honoree, Proctor capped a standout senior year by leading a Duke defense that was top 10 nationally in goals against average (0.38) and with a school record 18 shutouts while also etching her name throughout the school record book. On the career side, Proctor posted a school best 35 shutouts, 0.65 GAA and nine shutouts in NCAA Tournament play. The Wilson, N.C. native also owns three of the top four spots in single-season shutouts and GAA, setting the school records this season with 14 clean sheets and a 0.35 average. The visual and media studies major also excelled in the classroom, sporting a 3.58 GPA and earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Rounding out Duke’s list is McCoy, a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree that joined Dorsey in pacing Duke’s attack in 2017 to create the second-highest scoring tandem in school history with 28 combined goals. McCoy also stood 12th nationally with 14 goals scored, capping a comeback season after missing the final 14 matches of the 2016 season due to an Achilles injury. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native set career highs across the board with her 14 scores, seven assists and 35 points and also topped the team with a pair of multi-goal contests and is tied for second in the Duke record book with four such contests in her career. McCoy sports a 3.80 GPA and majors in cultural anthropology.
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