Athlete of the Week: Runners Up

Published by David Freed on October 16, 2012 at 10:12PM

Although sophomore May Cascells-Hamby may have gotten this week’s Athlete of the Week award, plenty of other Harvard athletes submitted excellent performances over the last week that merited recognition of their own.

Colton Chapple, Football

In the Crimson’s 28-0 victory over Bucknell on Saturday, Chapple turned in another four-touchdown performance—marking the third straight week he’s done so. Not coincidentally, Chapple is making his third straight appearance on The Crimson’s AOTW runners-up list in a week where he had a hand in four of five straight touchdowns that broke open a 0-0 stalemate with the Bison. In addition to passing touchdowns to Cameron Brate and Kyle Juszczyk, Chapple had a fifty-nine yard touchdown run that was his season long. He had 120 yards on eight carries and 189 through the air on just 18 attempts, compiling 11.9 yards per touch on the day. With the win, Chapple helped lead the team to its 14th straight victory—currently tops in Division 1.

Zach Hodges, Football

On the other side of the ball, Zach Hodges excelled for the Crimson defensively on Saturday in helping to hold Bucknell to one touchdown. Hodges, who has provided an immediate impact in his sophomore season with five and a half sacks, had three and a half tackles for losses on Saturday to bring his season total up to 10. Hodges began this season with three tackles for losses and two sacks in Harvard’s season-opening 28-13 win against San Diego and has not slowed down since, with at least half a sack and one tackle for loss in every game this year. Hodges helped lead a Crimson defense that held Bucknell to 3.3 yards per offensive snap and the Bison’s leading rusher, Jeremiah Young, to just 1.8 yards a carry.

Taylor Docter, Volleyball

As a senior, Taylor Docter is enjoying her best year as a member of the Harvard women’s volleyball team. Docter had 21 kills against Columbia on Saturday, two below the career high that she set earlier this year in a five-set loss to Dartmouth. She added 12 digs and 23 total points, tying her best score from this year. After seven straight losses, Docter and the rest of the Crimson have rallied to win five of seven to move into third in the Ivy League, with one of the losses being a tight five-setter against second-place Princeton. For the weekend, Docter had 35 kills, 18 digs, and 40 points as the Crimson knocked off the two teams below them in the standings in Cornell and Columbia—dropping only one set in the process and moving from fifth to third in the conference.