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Henning Named to District Academic Team
Two Volleyball Players Earn All-CC Honors
Henning to Go on Academic All-America Ballot

Soccer senior Justin Henning been elected to the 2003 Academic All-District II College Division Team, chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her team.

Henning was a first-team selection and will go on the ballot for the Academic All-America team. The District II College Division consists of all non-Division I colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Henning is the Mules’ captain and starting right back. The Muhlenberg defense has allowed only 10 goals in 19 games and just three goals in nine Centennial Conference matches this season. Henning has two goals and an assist this season to give him four goals and five assists for his career. The biology major has been named to the CC Academic Honor Roll each of the past two seasons.


Sophomore Julie Lauro and freshman Kate Haggerty of the Muhlenberg volleyball team have been voted to the All-Centennial Conference team.

Lauro is the fourth sophomore in CC history to earn first-team honors each of her first two years. The outside hitter led the conference in kills and kills per game and led the Mules in hitting percentage. She was second on the squad in digs and third in aces and blocks.

Her 507 kills were the second best season total in ’Berg history. She also holds the third-highest mark in that category and ranks fourth in career kills.

Haggerty received honorable mention after finishing seventh in the conference in aces per game and second on the Mules in kills, hitting percentage and blocks. She was third on the squad in digs. Haggerty was one of only two freshman to receive All-CC honors.

Sophomore James Henshaw scored two second-half goals to lead the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team to a 3-0 win against Gettysburg in a semifinal game of the Centennial Conference championship.

The Mules will face Johns Hopkins, a 3-1 comeback winner against McDaniel, for the CC championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

“I’m so happy right now,” said Henshaw. “I’ve scored some other goals that were just goals, but this keeps us moving to the next round.”

Despite a 9-3 advantage in shots in the first half, Muhlenberg did not dent the scoreboard until midway through the second half. With 23:56 on the game clock, Henshaw took a pass from Scott Clausen in the middle of the field, dribbled around a Bullet defender and beat goalie Nick Wells-Bundtzen, who had relieved injured starter John Ward early in the second half.

In the 75th minute, Henshaw one-timed a cross from Evan Smallwood into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season.

The Mules closed out the scoring with just 3:23 remaining when Smallwood headed a free kick from younger brother Ryan Smallwood across the box to Clausen, who banged the ball home for his third goal.

The defense was stellar in recording Muhlenberg’s 12th shutout of the season, allowing only two shots on goal.

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In the first semifinal, Johns Hopkins scored three second-half goals to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit. Jeremy Jacobson scored the game-winner at the 59:49 mark with a long, high floater that drifted to the far post and bounced in.

The Mules take a six-game winning streak into the title match against the defending CC champion Blue Jays (15-2-1). Muhlenberg won the regular-season meeting, 3-1. The teams last met for a championship on Varsity Field in 1999, when Hopkins scored a 1-0 victory in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament.

“Tomorrow’s the big test,” said Henshaw. “That’s all that matters. If we don’t win tomorrow, today was just another game.”

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Last updated November 7, 2003