Allar, Jackson Earn Prestigious National Academic Honors

AMHERST, MA – Two Amherst College senior student-athletes have added to already-impressive resume by earning prestigious national academic honors this week. While T.J. Jackson (Haverford, PA) has been named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-America Team, Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, IN) has earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Third Team honors.

Jackson joins a distinguished list, as the USILA Scholar All-America Team consists of 61 student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III, including three players that took part in this past weekend's NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Final Four. The Amherst tri-captain is one of only four NESCAC student-athletes to earn USILA Scholar All-America honors, as he joins Tucker Merrigan (Tufts), Max Key (Bowdoin), Brian Ford (Connecticut) and Grayson Connors (Wesleyan) on the prestigious team.

The USILA honor is a nice addition to Jackson's list of postseason accolades, which includes selections to the NESCAC All-Academic Team and All-Conference First Team, as well as New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Region Second Team recognition.

In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americans are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.

As one of 91 student-athletes to earn ESPN the MagazineAcademic All-District First Team honors earlier this month, Allar was one of 33 Division III student-athletes to be named to an All-America team today. Allar is the only NESCAC baseball player to earn the All-America honor, as he and teammate Mike Neff (New York, NY) were the conference's only two All-District First Team selections.

The Academic All-America teams are comprised of student-athletes who excel in the classroom and also on the playing field, thus honoring a group of some of the most well-rounded students in the country. Allar joins a distinguished list of student-athletes, as the average GPA for the All-America First, Second and Third teams is 3.84. Allar held a 3.72 grade point average as a double-major in English and French and helped lead the Amherst baseball team to a successful 2008 season as a co-captain.

As a .350 lifetime hitter, Allar's senior campaign includes selection to the All-NESCAC First Team, NEIBA All-New England Third Team and NESCAC All-Academic Team to go along with his pair of ESPN the Magazine academic awards. Allar is just the second baseball player and 15th student-athlete in Amherst College history to earn ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors.