Athlete of the Week: Runners Up

Published by Cordelia F Mendez on October 02, 2012 at 11:46PM

While men’s water polo freshman Ben Zepfel may reign victorious as The Crimson's Athlete of the Week, three other standouts deserve recognition for their excellence this week:


Despite being pulled before the third quarter during Harvard's 52-3 rout of Holy Cross on Friday night, senior quarterback Colton Chapple tallied 260 yards on 13-for-18 passing on Friday night against the Crusaders. Before being relieved by sophomore Connor Hempel, Chapple threw for four touchdowns, ran for one and had a key hand-off to senior running back Rich Zajeski that brought Harvard to lead Holy Cross 49-3 at the half. Chapple helped establish a new program record of 49 points in one half and extended the Crimson's win streak even further to 12 games.


Senior goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulous aided Harvard in its first Ivy win with a 1-0 victory over Brown in Providence on Saturday. The Bears proved pugnacious in their offense in the first half, shooting 10 attempts against the co-captain before senior forward Emma Keller broke through Brown's defense to tally the lone goal in the 65th minute of play. The victory was the second shutout of the season for Tassopoulos, who now has recorded five of them in her career with the Crimson. She posted seven saves in the game and pushed her save percentage to .818, the highest in the Ancient Eight.


After scoreless first and second halves, it was sophomore midfielder Meg Casscells-Hamby who scored the lone goal in overtime for Harvard on Saturday afternoon as the Crimson took down rival Yale, 1-0. Casscells-Hamby's attack, assisted by sophomore midfielder Lauren Urke, prevented the Crimson from falling to 0-2 in the Ivy League and gave new hope to the season. The Bulldogs put up a strong defense, with goalkeeper Rachel Ames making eight saves, but failed to provide any offensive power, recording no shots on target in the contest. The score was Casscell-Hamby's first game-winner and second total of the season.