ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

"I am thrilled to see Evan receive this honor," Wingate head lacrosse coach Sonny Ziegler says. "He has worked so hard over the past four years to be the best both on the field and in the classroom."

Evan Schaller is the only NCAA Division II lacrosse student-athlete to make the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America college division men's at-large team this year. Schaller completes a rare triple play with this announcement, as he was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association NCAA Division II All-America second team in May. In addition, the USILA picked the four-year Bulldog starter as a member of the organization's 2009 Scholar All-America team.

"NCAA Division II lacrosse is growing," Schaller acknowledges. "I think sometimes Division II lacrosse does not have the best reputation (in national circles). Division III has three times as many schools (playing lacrosse), while Division I is the best of the best. I am honored to represent NCAA Division II lacrosse on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's at-large team."

Schaller is quick to credit his parents (and others) for his academic and athletic success. "I started taking honors classes in middle school," Schaller recalls. "I remember sitting down with my parents...and talking with them about the extra work it would take to achieve high marks. I was looking for a challenge; I wanted to do the very best I could."

On the lacrosse field, Schaller led the 2009 Bulldogs with 63 ground balls. The cornerstone of the Wingate defense also posted one goal and two assists during the 2009 campaign. Schaller is a two-time All-Deep South Conference choice.

In 2008, Schaller had a career-high 96 ground balls as he helped the Bulldogs post an 11-3 overall record. Wingate allowed only 8.20 goals per game in 2008, ninth in the NCAA in scoring defense. He was named to the All-DSC tournament team in 2007 and 2008. During his Bulldog career, Schaller and his teammates won 40 games. Wingate has won or shared the Deep South Conference regular season title in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Bulldogs won the DSC tournament crown in 2007.

Outside the lacrosse arena, Schaller served as a tutor and a manager in Wingate's Academic Resource Center, helping run the center and tutoring students in accounting, production management and religion. A member of the Delta Mu Delta and Alpha Chi honor societies, Schaller spent the fall 2007 semester in London as part of the University's Wingate-in-London program.

"During my time as a tutor in the Academic Resource Center, I wanted to help (fellow students) gain confidence in their accounting classes," Schaller says. "Many times, accounting lingo is similar to a foreign language for newcomers. It feels good when you see a student succeed."

Schaller served as a peer mentor during the fall 2008 semester, assisting Wingate University freshmen as they made the transition from high school to college. Schaller has also participated in the Up 'til Dawn fund-raiser to benefit St. Jude's Hospital.

Since January 1, 2000, Wingate University has produced 32 Academic All-America selections. Wingate is ranked number three among NCAA Division II Academic All-America producing schools in the 2000's with its 32 honorees during this millennium.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. Rising senior Tim Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) of the Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Men's At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced Tuesday.

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2009-06-09



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