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TWO NAMED TO SOCCER ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Muhlenberg soccer players Jennie Vroman and David Vassilaros have been named to the 2001 Verizon/CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America Soccer Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Vroman was a second-team selection, while Vassilaros made the third team.

The Verizon Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon the national level.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Verizon Academic All-America program, which was founded by CoSIDA in 1952 to recognize collegiate student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field. Over the past 50 years, the Verizon Academic All-America program has grown into one of the most recognized and prestigious collegiate scholar-athlete awards nationwide, honoring student-athletes from all NCAA championship sports.

Jennie Vroman Vroman, a senior English major with a 3.976 GPA, was a first-team All-Centennial Conference midfielder for Muhlenberg in 2001. She recorded 11 points on three goals and five assists and was the only senior on a team that set school records for wins (19) and consecutive wins (17), won the CC championship and reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. A three-time All-CC selection, Vroman finished her career eighth in team history with 35 career points. She received the William M. French Award in 2001 for having the highest GPA in the education department.

Vroman is the second Academic All-American in Muhlenberg women’s soccer history. Celina Boer was selected to the prestigious team twice, earning first-team honors as a senior in 1998.

David Vassilaros Vassilaros, a junior economics major with a 3.975 GPA, tied for the Mules’ team lead with six goals last fall despite being hampered by injuries. Three of his goals were game-winners. Vassilaros has 12 goals and five assists in his two years at Muhlenberg since transferring from Brigham Young, where he played on the national club championship team. In addition to his excellence on the field and in the classroom, Vassilaros is a full-time volunteer for the Church of Latter-day Saints in Allentown, where he works with teenagers in their homes and in church.

Vassilaros is the fourth Academic All-American for the men’s team, the first since Jacob Schmidt was a third-team selection in 1996.


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Last updated February 7, 2002