DURHAM — Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw and North Carolina’s Jordan Gafa and Scott Goodwin are among 54 seniors invited to participate in the MLS Player Combine, the league announced Tuesday.
Belshaw, the Blue Devils’ lone senior this season, is among seven goalkeepers and nine ACC players picked to attend the combine.
A committee of NCAA Division I coaches from every conference, as well as MLS representatives, selected the invitees, all of whom completed their college eligibility this season.
Belshaw was also a National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team All-American.
A two-time All-ACC first team pick, Belshaw anchored the Blue Devils’ defense each of the past four seasons.
Gafa started 22 matches at right back for the Tar Heels in 2012, helping to set a new school record in goals against. He also had a pair of goals and distributed four assists.
Goodwin posted one of the top goalkeeping seasons in NCAA history, registering 17 shutouts and to finish with a 0.29 goals against average.
Duke: Redshirt junior cornerback Ross Cockrell and freshman kicker Ross Martin both have received honorable mention All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated.
Cockrell leads the ACC in interceptions with five while ranking third in total passes defended with 17. Nationally, he is tied for ninth in interceptions and tied for 12th in total passes defended.
In 12 games this year, Cockrell has compiled 63 tackles, 4 tackles for losses and 12 pass breakups.
Martin has put together the finest placekicking season in school history by totaling 98 points, making 18-of-20 field goals and hitting all 44 of his PAT attempts.
With one game remaining, he has already set the school single-season record for PATs.
St. Augustine’s: Tyron Laughinghouse was named to the Daktronics Division II All-America first team as a return specialist, by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The recognition comes a day after Laughinghouse made the AFCA Coaches’ All-America squad.
Laughinghouse is the Division II leader in kick return average (40.1 yards per return) and kick return touchdowns (3), which is one short of the Division II season record. Laughinghouse also ranks ninth in Division II in punt return average (15.33) with one punt return for a score this season. Teams repeatedly kicked or punted away from Laughinghouse in fear of a long return.
Track and Field
N.C. State: Redshirt senior Ryan Hill has been named the ACC Indoor Performer of the Week.
Hill made his season debut last Friday, and was victorious in the men’s 5000 meter invitational run at the Hoosier Open at Indiana.
The Hickory native won the event with a time of 13 minutes, 43.52 seconds, which was more than seven seconds faster than any other runner in the event, as well as the fastest time in that event this season.
Hill’s mark was also just four seconds behind Indiana’s all-time track record.