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Mitch Belisle

School

Cornell

Position
Defense
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Mitch Belisle

Classroom

Mitch is an outstanding student, majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations. He holds an overall cumulative GPA of 3.8 and has a reached a perfect 4.0 GPA in three of the past four semesters, including an unbelievable mark of 4.12 this past fall. He was named Academic All-Ivy last spring and earned the team’s C.F. Morse Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. He is on course to graduate this spring and hopes to work in the finance or real estate industries.

Character

Mitch was chosen to serve as the team’s co-captain this season and has served his team with a tremendous amount of character and leadership. In addition to being the captain of the men’s lacrosse team, he has also served as the President of his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega. He is a consummate leader on and off the field, as a student, as an athlete, and as a student of the game. He’s meticulous in his leadership and preparation, and he provides the coaching staff with a well-rounded field captain. His coaches praise him for demonstrating respect to those around him and exemplifying the highest level of sportsmanship.

Community

Mitch has shown a great deal of his character through his involvement in community service. He was a founding member of the Mario St. George Boiardi ’04 Literacy Corporation, established to honor the memory of the late Mario St. George Boiardi ’04, a teammate who tragically passed away during a lacrosse game. Mitch was instrumental in establishing this non-profit corporation as it moved forward on its mission to battle children’s illiteracy in the Ithaca area. In addition to being a founding member and serving as Secretary, Mitch has been an active participant in the “Big Red Readers,” which partners with the MSGB Literacy Corporation to send Cornell athletes to Ithaca area elementary schools to promote reading.

In addition, Mitch is the Co-Publicity Chair for the 21 Run, an annual 5k run organized by the Cornell men’s lacrosse team, in conjunction with Alpha Tau Omega. Last year, the 21 Run raised more than $10,000 to support and promote children’s literacy in the Ithaca community through the Family Reading Partnership. He is also a member of the Sphinx Head Honor Society, a group that recognizes members of the Cornell senior class who have given their time and passion to the university during their undergraduate years.

Competition

Mitch was a named a preseason All-American prior to the 2007 lacrosse campaign after earning an honorable mention All-America selection, and being named first-team All-Ivy, following his junior season. He is regularly assigned the opponent’s most dangerous offensive threat and has proved to be one of the best defenseman in the nation. A converted midfielder, Belisle made the unselfish move to the defense and has turned into a three-year starter for the Big Red.