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Athlete of the Week: Runners Up

Published by Jacob W. Lynch on September 25, 2012 at 3:12AM

Although many Harvard athletes excelled this past week, only one top performer can be The Crimson's Athlete of the Week. (Well, actually this week there were five—but you get the gist). Here are the best of the rest:

BEN ZEPFEL, MEN'S WATER POLO

The freshman led the Crimson in a sweep of weekend games, posting three hat tricks, including a four goal, four steal game against MIT. Harvard won the contest, 13-12, after losing to the Engineers on Sept. 1, 19-17. The team is in the midst of a six-game winning streak—its longest in a decade.

TAYLOR DOCTER, WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Against Dartmouth, Docter posted a double-double, tallying 24 kills and 15 digs. The captain outside hitter helped the Crimson get within two match points of a win before succumbing to the Big Green in a disappoint five-set loss, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 28-26, 15-10.

COLTON CHAPPLE, FOOTBALL

Senior quarterback Colton Chapple threw for 351 yards on 30-for-40 passing, including a 30-yard gem to Seitu Smith II. The senior also ran for 43 yards, scampering in from six yards out at a crucial juncture early in the fourth quarter to put the No. 24 Crimson up, 31-17, on their way to a 45-31 victory over Brown.

TREAVOR SCALES, FOOTBALL

Scales powered his way to four touchdowns on 18 carries for 138 yards. The four touchdowns were a career high for the senior running back after a career high in rushing yards the week before. Scales has been dominant in the first two games of the season, rushing for over 300 yards and reaching the end zone six times.

JOE FESTA, MEN'S SOCCER

In a match against No. 3 UC Santa Barbara, the freshman goaltender came up big in a 1-0 defeat, posting eight saves, including a dive that left teammates and Santa Barbara fans in disbelief. After allowing a goal in the 14th minute, Festa, shut down the potent offense, which had averaged 3.1 goals per game.