Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/9/09
From Press Releases
Chrissy Muller Poplawski, a Haverford High graduate and an assistant coach at defending District 1 girls’ lacrosse champion Springfield-Delco, will be inducted into the Temple University Sports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony Oct. 17 at the Owls’ Homecoming football game.
Muller Poplawski will be inducted with baseball star Les Roos and men’s gymnastics champion Jim Van de Zilver and the men’s soccer team from the early 1950s during the Temple game against Army at Lincoln Financial Field.
“We are proud to honor three outstanding individuals and two of the greatest teams in the history of Temple University,” Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw said. “This class truly represents the best of Temple Athletics.”
An outstanding goalkeeper, Muller Poplawski earned Brine/WCLA All-America honors in lacrosse three times during her brilliant Temple career. She was named to the first team in 1985 and 1987, and garnered honorable mention accolades in 1986 as she posted a brilliant mark of 64-7 as a starter.
She still owns the Temple career record for goals against average (4.87) and is second in save percentage (.688). A member of the 1989 USA World Cup gold-medal team, Muller Poplawski also was a three-year member of the Owls field hockey team.
One of the top hitters in Temple history, Roos played baseball for Temple from 1966 through 1968 and helped the Owls to an outstanding 25-6 record and a NCAA Tournament appearance as a senior. The Norfolk, Va. native (Granby HS) finished second nationally with a single season school-record .457 batting average in 1968.
One of the top rings performers in Temple history, Van de Zilver earned All-America honors as a junior in 1990. The Lakewood, N.J. native (Lakewood HS) set the school record on the rings with a near-perfect 9.95 in a home meet against Michigan and Massachusetts on February 16, 1992. It was later tied by Dave Frank at Syracuse in 1994.
Both the 1951 and 1953 National Champion soccer teams were coached by NSCAA Hall of Fame member Dr. William (Pete) Leaness. The 1951 team compiled an 8-0-1 record and defeated San Francisco, 2-0, in the Soccer Bowl. The 1953 team posted a perfect 9-0-0 record and outscored its opponents, 68-8.
Three-time All-America forward Jack Dunn was a member of both squads as was fellow All-America, midfielder Len Oliver. Both are in the Temple Hall of Fame as are Ed Tatoian, who starred on both squads and Al Didriksen, who was part of the 1953 championship club.