Balise Named ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American
June 9, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. -- UMass men's lacrosse senior attackman Tim Balise (Wilbraham, Mass.) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American First-Team, At-Large. Balise is the first-ever men's lacrosse player from UMass named to the team and is just the second ever to be honored by the oragnization. Last year, Balise was a second-team honoree joining 1998 second-teammer Harold Drumm. Balise joins men's soccer goalkeeper Zack Simmons as UMass' only other first-team selection in 2008-09.
The At-Large team is made up of the best athletes from sports not represented by their own individual teams. Michigan State senior hockey goalie Lerg is one of only two repeat selections on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Men's At-Large University Division first team along with senior golfer Drew Allenspach of Indiana University. A trio of second team picks in 2008, senior lacrosse player Tim Balise of Massachusetts, senior gymnast Jake Bateman of Ohio State and senior ice hockey player Jordan Pearce of Notre Dame, moved up to the first team this year.
Balise was named a USILA Scholar All-American in late May. Balise was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Men's At-Large First-Team for the second year in a row. He graduated from UMass with a perfect 4.0 GPA in Psychology.
Balise has won an endless number of academic awards in his career. He was recently named a UMass Spring Scholar Athlete and the UMass Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was also named to the NEILA Scholar-Athlete Team in addition to being an NEILA First-Team playing selection. He was also named to the All-ECAC First Team.
Balise followed up a 33-goal effort in 2008 with 31 goals and five assists as a senior. 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.