ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

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 organization. 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.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. Army senior lacrosse defenseman Scott Rosenshein (Montclair, N.J.) was named a first-team member of the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large squad, as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced Tuesday. He is the first Academic All-America in the history of the Army lacrosse program.

A Chemical Engineering major, Rosenshein is the owner of a 3.99 cumulative grade-point average and ranked 28th out of over 1,000 cadets in the Class of 2009. An eight-time Dean's List member, he has received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence every semester at West Point, which recognizes the top five percent of cadets based on the combination of academic, military and physical grades. He was named the 2008 and 2009 Patriot League Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year and is also a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll honoree.

The Montclair, N.J. native was one of only 30 cadets, including the first-ever lacrosse player, to be accepted into West Point's prestigious Scholarship Program, which prepares students who apply for the nation's most esteemed post-graduate scholarships, including the National Science Foundation Scholarship and the Hertz Fellowship.

Rosenshein was inducted into the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and also was a recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award for academic excellence in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Branching aviation, Rosenshein will head to Fort Rucker, Alabama, for flight school this summer with aspirations of becoming either an Apache or Kiowa helicopter pilot in the Army.

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2009-06-09



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