ACC women go pro in soccer draft

News ReleasesJanuary 18, 2013 

Ten ACC soccer players were among the 32 chosen in the inaugural 2013 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft held Friday in Indianapolis.

Florida State forward Tiffany McCarty was the first ACC player selected as she went second overall to the Washington Spirit. McCarty, a three-time All-American and All-ACC selection, scored a team-high 17 goals to help the Seminoles reach the College Cup for the second straight season in 2012. She is the highest drafted player to come out of the Florid State soccer program.

FC Kansas City chose Boston College midfielder Kristen Mewis with the third overall pick. Mewis, a three-time All-ACC First Team selection and a 2012 NSCAA First Team honoree, finished her career at Boston College as the Eagles’ career record holder in points (116) and goals (39).

Florida State’s Casey Short went fifth to the Boston Breakers to round out the ACC’s first round selections. She started in 23 games in 2012 and helped the Seminoles defensive unit to be one of the best in the nation.

MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year Caroline Miller of Virginia was selected in the second round with the 10th overall pick by the Washington Spirit. Miller led the ACC in scoring with 20 goals.

Four ACC student-athletes were selected in the third round as Florida State goalkeeper Taylor Vancil was selected by Chicago Red Stars with the first pick in the third round, 17th overall, Boston College forward Victoria DiMartino was the 22nd pick of the Western New York Flash, Wake Forest midfielder Kristen Meier followed at No. 23 to Seattle Reign FC, and North Carolina midfielder Amber Brooks was selected with the last pick in the third round, 24th overall, to the Portland Thorns FC.

The fourth and final round of the NWSL Draft saw Maryland forward Becky Kaplan selected by Sky Blue FC with the 28th pick, and Wake Forest defender Jackie Logue selected by the Western New York Flash with the 30th pick.

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DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt senior quarterback Sean Renfree was named the recipient of the Carmen Falcone Most Valuable Player Award at Duke University’s annual football banquet held on Friday evening in Durham, N.C.

In 2012, Renfree led the Blue Devils to the program’s first bowl appearance since 1994 and finished the year having completed 297-of-441 (.673) passes for 3,113 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The two-year Duke captain also received recognition for his off-field accomplishments this season by being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and the recipient of both the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award and the Pop Warner National College Football Award. In addition, he was named to the AFCA’s Good Works Team and is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Tyron Laughinghouse (Sr./Greenville, N.C.) of Saint Augustine’s University was named to two All-America football teams this week.

Laughinghouse was selected to the 2012 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America second team as a return specialist on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. He was a D2football.com All-America first-team selection as an all-purpose player on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

A 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver and return specialist, Laughinghouse has been named to eight All-America teams and two all-region teams after the 2012 season ended. He was a Don Hansen All-Super Region One pick as a first-team return specialist and third-team wide receiver in early January.

Laughinghouse has also won three individual accolades as a senior in the postseason. He was named the Don Hansen All-Super Region One Special Teams Player of the Year, the Beyond Sports Network Division II Special Teams Player of the Year and the CIAA Special Teams Player of the Year.

An All-CIAA pick at three positions, Laughinghouse led all Division II players in kick return yards per game (40.1). He ranked ninth in Division II in punt return yards per game (15.3) and 19th in Division II in all-purpose yards per game (156.8). His three kick returns for touchdowns led the nation.

As a wide receiver, Laughinghouse had 59 receptions for 801 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 16 overall touchdowns and 96 points led the CIAA. Laughinghouse finished his four-year career at St. Aug as the university leader in receptions (139), receiving yards (2,286) and touchdown catches (32).

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NC State Wrestling Falls to American, 24-16

Nereim records fall for Pack at 157 pounds

RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite a fall from Matt Nereim at 157 pounds and a major decision by Tyler Hunt at 141 pounds, the NC State wrestling team fell to American Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum, 24-16. The dual meet was the first at home for the Pack this season, after NC State opened with three wins on the road last week.

The dual started at 285 pounds with American’s Blake Herrin picking up a 10-3 decision over the Pack’s Mike Kosoy. The Eagles then notched a victory at 125 pounds, when David Terao defeated Joe DeAngelo, 3-1, and American started the meet with a 6-0 lead.

NC State freshman Sam Speno got the Pack on the scoreboard at 133 pounds. He led from start to finish and scored an 8-6 win over Esteban Gomez-Rivera.

Another Pack freshman gave the Pack a 7-6 lead at 141 pounds, as Tyler Hunt earned a major decision over John Boyle, 10-1, to give NC State its first lead of the evening.

Both Speno and Hunt improved to a perfect 4-0 in duals this season.

The Eagles would regain the lead at 149 pounds, as Kevin Tao picked up a 7-3 decision over sophomore Thomas Gantt to give American a 9-7 advantage after five matches.

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CAROLINA DROPS ACC OPENER TO NO. 19 VIRGINIA, 24-9

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina dropped its first ACC dual of the season Friday night as No. 19 Virginia downed the Tar Heels, 24-9 at Carmichael Arena.

Freshman Nathan Kraisser (125) opened the dual with an upset win as Kraisser knocked off Matt Snyder of Virginia. Snyder entered the dual ranked No. 7 in the country but the No. 13 Kraisser was able to claim an 8-5 decision.

Kraisser jumped out to a 5-2 lead after the first period thanks to a takedown and a three-point near fall before Snyder executed a reversal. A scoreless second period preceded another Kraisser takedown as the freshman held off Snyder and won 8-5.

The Cavaliers evened the dual at 3-3 when No. 13 George DiCamillo (133) posted a 9-3 decision over No. 18 Joey Ward. DiCamillo held a 3-2 lead after the first before tallying an escape and a takedown in the second period and another in the third.

No. 7 Evan Henderson (141) held Virginia’s Jimmy Nehls to a single point on an escape in the first period en route to a 6-1 decision. Henderson led 4-1 after the first before adding single points in the second and third.

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