Ince Captures Ivy League Lacrosse Scoring Crown; Nicosia Is Captain Again
It was a dismal season for Harvard's lacrosse team as it finished in a tie for fourth in the Ivy League with Brown. Both teams had 3-3 records. But three Harvard players received individual team honors, and one won a league title.
Attackman Johnny Ince captured the 1968 Ivy League scoring crown, edging Cornell's Mark Webster, 23-22, for the seven-game schedule. Ince is the first Harvard player since 1964 to grab the scoring honors, tallying 11 goals and 12 assists.
Ince, who is well on his way to becoming one of the top ten scorers in Harvard lacrosse history if he can continue his hot pace next season, is the first sophomore since 1960 to lead the team in point production. He racked up 20 goals and 26 assists over the 14-game season.
The smallest man on the squad, Ince scored most of his goals on individual dodges, relying on his size and quickness to carry him past much bigger opposing defensemen. His best performance came against Williams when he notched three goals and four assists. He also had three six-point games.
Midfielder Tom Nicosia, who led Harvard to its first winning lacrosse record in four years, a 9-5 mark, was re-elected captain for the 1969 season. Despite a wrist injury for most of the year, hranked sixth among Crimson scorers with 13 goals and 11 assists.
Nicosia is only the second Harvard athlete in recent history to captain a team in both his junior and senior years "We're going to have a lot of regulars coming back," he said, "and I think we can take the Ivy title." "I'm looking forward to a 13-1 season," he added.
Midfielder Jim Kilkowski took the "Ground-Ball" award for the second consecutive year. Showing the "greatest hustle" of any Crimson player on either offense or defense, Kilkowski snared 41 loose balls in Ivy play.
Senior Marty Cain received the "Class of 1959 Award." The tough midfielder was cited for showing "consistent improvement and the highest degree of sports manship, determination, and team play." Although hampered by a leg injury for most of the season, Cain ranked third in team scoring with 21 goals and seven assists.