Oct. 30, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore/junior goalkeeper Chris Blais (Seattle, Wash./Kennedy Memorial) of the University of Michigan men's soccer team was named to CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team on Thursday (Oct. 29) for his exploits both on and off the soccer field.
Blais, a general studies major, maintains an excellent grade-point average and represents the U-M men's soccer team's tradition of academic excellence. The award is the first of Blais' career and is the fourth CoSIDA Academic All-District honor for the Wolverines. Blais, who is the lone goalkeeper on the team, advances to the Academic All-America ballot.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average, participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games and be of at least sophomore athletic eligibility.
Blais, who is in his first year as U-M's starting goalkeeper, has posted five shutouts on the season and has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week for his achievements during the season. Blais has twice posted a career-best six saves and is second in the Big Ten with 53 saves while ranking fifth in the league in save percentage (.736) and saves per game (3.53). He also boasts a 1.30 goals-against average.
The Wolverines conclude the 2009 home season on Sunday (Nov. 1) when they welcome No. 12 Northwestern to the U-M Soccer Complex for a televised game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network. The Wolverines will also celebrate the 2009 senior class with a brief pre-game ceremony.
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Contact: Jessica Poole (734) 763-4423