By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 10/14/11
Smithtown East junior goalie Brian Balkam has committed to play Division I lacrosse at University of North Carolina.
Brian Balkam log:
High School: Smithtown High School East
Graduation Year: 2013
College Choice: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Club Affiliation: Team Smithtown
Major lacrosse honors: Nassau vs. Suffolk Rising Sophomore/Junior games; Top 205 all star game; Hotbeds all star game; 2011 Suffolk County Class A All League; Inside Lacrosse top 50 rising junior.
Academic honors: 2010/2011 New York State Student Athlete; DECA regionals finalist; National Junior Honor Society.
What will you major in/study? Business
Why did you choose UNC? “UNC is one of the best academic and athletic establishments in the country. With the best facilities, the best coaches, and a chance to win a national championship year after year, UNC was an easy choice in the end.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “Though we will be young offensively, we return our entire defense. Being that we have only 2 seniors who will start, the juniors will have to lead the team.”
Additional comments: “I would have to thank my Mom and Dad for standing behind me through the entire recruiting process and being at all my games. Especially my Dad who started me off as a goalie in second grade, partially in hope that I would follow in his footsteps as an All American goalie.”
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