Balise, Connolly, Schneider To Play In USILA North-South All-Star Game
May 19, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Star UMass lacrosse seniors Tim Balise, Jim Connolly, and Doc Schneider have been selected to play in the 68th annual USILA North-South All-Star Game to take place on Friday at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. The prestigious game will be held in conjunction with the NCAA Lacrosse Championships that will be returning to Foxboro for a second consecutive year. The Division I/II game is set for 4 p.m. after the Division III game that begins at 2 p.m. A tripleheader of action concludes at 7:30 p.m. when UMass alums Brett Garber, Sean Morris, and Jack Reid lead the MLL's Boston Cannons against the Denver Outlaws.
Balise and Schneider will wear their familiar Nos. 19 and 23 while Connolly will don No. 20.
Last year, Danvers and Sean Krygier played in the game while Garber, Brian Jacovina, and Dan Whipple participated in 2007. Danvers led the North to a 20-11 victory with three goals and two assists, earning him the game's Most Valuable Player.
All three seniors had their best seasons in 2009 to lead the Minutemen to their first ECAC Championship since 2005 and first NCAA Tournament appearance since their freshman campaign in 2006. Balise followed up a 33 goal effort in 2008 with 31 goals and five assists to form an impressive 1-2 punch at attack with Connolly, who led the squad with 44 points and 39 goals.
Balise single-handedly sent UMass back to the tournament with a five goal performance, including the overtime game-winner in the regular season finale at Rutgers. Then in the postseason, Connolly had four goals against a stout Princeton defense to lead UMass' comeback attempt that fell just short.
Schneider was outstanding all season, posting a dazzling 7.43 GAA and a .653 save percentage. Some of his many standout games came against Rutgers (19 saves), Syracuse (17), Georgetown (18), and #12 Loyola (17). He also made a career-high 21 stops in a thrilling overtime win at Hobart, and made 14 saves while only allowing three goals at then 11th ranked Harvard.
All three were recently named All New-England performers as well.