Muhlenberg College

Allentown, Pa.
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Field Hockey Evens Record

• Billie named player of week: Junior Meaghan Billie of the Muhlenberg volleyball team has been named player of the week by the Meaghan
Billie Centennial Conference. Billie averaged 5.0 kills per game and hit at a .390 percentage to lead the Mules in wins over Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore. She posted 19 kills with only one error against the Garnet and then added 16 kills and 5 blocks in Muhlenberg’s first win against the Blue Jays since 1994. For the season, she leads the Mules with 171 kills.

• Men’s Soccer ranked: The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team dropped to eighth in the Mid-Atlantic regional rankings after losing to Haverford and Johns Hopkins. Six of the 10 ranked teams in the region are from the Centennial Conference:

1. Messiah (10-0)
2. Johns Hopkins (9-1)
3. Drew (9-1)
4. Arcadia (8-0-1)
5. Franklin & Marshall (7-1)
6t. Gettysburg (7-3)
6t. Haverford (6-2)
9t. Carnegie Mellon (4-1)
9t. Western Maryland (7-3)

The Muhlenberg women’s soccer team, which had been ranked eighth in the region, dropped out of the rankings despite going 3-0 during the week. That’s because only seven teams were ranked this week.

The Muhlenberg football team received one vote in the AFCA Division III poll. The Mules had received 10 votes before losing to the 15th-ranked team by three points in overtime.

• Men’s Soccer: Muhlenberg 8, Centenary 0. Eight of the 10 field players in the starting lineup scored goals as Muhlenberg (6-3) snapped its two-game losing skid in a big way against winless Centenary (0-7).

David Vassilaros
Junior David Vassilaros scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season against Centenary.
The eight goals were the most scored by the Mules since a 9-1 victory over Ursinus on Oct. 22, 1990. All eight goals came in the first half, tying the school record for goals in a half, set in the second half against Widener in both 1974 and 1975.

Coincidentally, Muhlenberg’s goalie in those two Widener games was Jon Henning, and his son, Justin Henning, a current sophomore, scored his first career goal against Centenary.

Henning’s goal was part of a three-goal flurry in a 44-second span late in the first half. Sophomore Evan Smallwood opened the floodgates by scoring his first goal of the season at the 17:47 mark. The outburst also featured spectacular goals by juniors Quentin McDowell, whose turnaround shot landed perfectly in the upper right-hand corner of the net, and David Vassilaros, who hit a rocket to the far post from inside the penalty box.

Vassilaros, junior Ben Long and freshman Tim Sparta each finished with a goal and an assist.

“This was a good game for our forwards to get back into a rhythm,” said Long, in reference to the Mules’ recent struggles to get off shots and score in their previous three games, all against regionally ranked Centennial Conference foes. “It’s something to build on.”

Click here for box score.

• Field Hockey: Muhlenberg 2, Haverford 0. Second-half goals by junior Laura Diez and senior Sarah Stitzer propelled Muhlenberg to its third straight win. The victory enabled the Mules to even their record, overall (5-5) and in the Centennial Conference (2-2).

Stitzer has now scored a point in four straight games. Junior Stephanie Harvilla assisted on the first goal for her first career point. Click here for box score.

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Last updated October 2, 2001