Sept. 18, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Long Beach State defender Alex Balcer has been selected as one of 30 women's soccer candidates for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award.
To be eligible for the national honor, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A three-time team captain, Balcer was a 2011 NCAA Division I All-West Region selection. As a junior, she was also named the Big West Tournament MVP and earned first-team all-conference honors. In 2010, the Tucson, Ariz., native garnered second-team All-Big West recognition.
In her three-plus years as a starting center back, the 49ers have posted a 1.09 goals against average. Last year, Balcer anchored a defense that had a Big West-leading 0.79 GAA and 12 shutouts. That squad went on to win the program's second consecutive Big West Tournament title and advanced to the Elite Eight in its third NCAA Tournament appearance.
In 2012, Balcer has continued her dominance on the back line, while also contributing on the offensive end with two goals on 10 shots. She was named the Big West Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 27.
Balcer, a biology-physiology major, has excelled in the classroom as well. She is a two-time Big West All-Academic selection and was named to the 2011 NSCAA Scholar All-America Team. In addition, Balcer garnered CoSIDA/ESPN All-Academic District 8 Third Team honors in 2010.
In the community, Balcer has volunteered at the Thomas House Temporary Shelter and at Kettering Elementary School, while also serving as a counselor/instructor for the Arizona Rush Soccer Club, Beach Club Soccer Camp, Tucson Country Day School and 49er Camp.
On campus, Balcer is a representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the NCAA Apple Conference.
The 30 Senior CLASS Award candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
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