The Full Court Press: Liv Coffey '11

Published by Alex Sopko on February 09, 2011 at 3:11AM

Today, February 9th, the sun set at 5:09pm. For most students, this symbolizes the end of those obnoxiously short winter days, but for the members of the women’s rowing team, late sunsets means racing. In this exclusive interview, The Full Court Press meets rowing co-captain Olivia “Liv” Coffey. The Leverett senior, who placed second at the 2009 World Championships, knows that nothing beats the moment when the Charles River melts and racing can start again. Except maybe Cedric Diggory and turtles. Every week The Full Court Press gives you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Liv Coffey

Year: 2011

Stats: Since freshman year, Coffey has been in the top varsity boat. An Olympic hopeful, the senior has raced with the U-23 National Team twice, finishing second in 2009 and winning in 2010. Prior to that, Coffey helped lead the team to second place at the EAWRC Sprints Championships and an NCAA Championships invitation.

Bring on the questions!

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Harvard Faces Uphill Battle in 2011 Hockey Beanpot

Published by Robert S Samuels on February 08, 2011 at 3:11AM

Boston sports fans have grown accustomed to the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s just supposed to happen. But after an early exit by the hometown football team, sports junkies will have to settle for another February Boston tradition: the Beanpot.

A staple of intercollegiate rivalry, the Beanpot features four Boston-area men’s hockey teams: Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, and Northeastern. Historically, Boston University has dominated, winning 29 times since the annual tournament began in 1952.

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Skier Rebecca Nadler Places 21st at World University Games

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on February 08, 2011 at 3:11AM

After marking herself as one of the top skiers in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Rebecca Nadler headed to Erzurum, Turkey to take on a slightly deeper field: the world.

On Saturday, Nadler placed 21st in the women's slalom event at the World University Games.

Given the 30th starting spot in the first run, Nadler posted a 24th place finish in the first run before using a strong second-run to bump herself up three places.

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Squash Teams to Face Tough Contests Against Trinity

Published by Robert S Samuels on February 08, 2011 at 3:11AM

The last time the No. 1 Trinity men’s squash team lost, Bill Clinton was still president, Titanic had just come out, and Google wouldn’t be founded for another seven months.

Since that Feb. 22, 1998 loss to Harvard, the Bantams (14-0, 7-0 NESCAC) have won an unprecedented 238 consecutive matches—the longest streak of any kind in NCAA Division I history—and 12 consecutive national championships.

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Former Harvard Hockey Player Makes Top-50 List

Published by Molly E. Kelly on February 04, 2011 at 3:11AM

Along with the heaps of snow, this winter has brought the 50th anniversary of ECAC Hockey.

And, joining in the celebrations after being named one of the top-50 players in league history is former Olympian and Harvard athlete Lane MacDonald ’88-’89.

The seventh installment of the list made its debut this past Wednesday, and MacDonald made the cut from a pool of no fewer than 145 nominees. His achievement marks the fourth time a Crimson player has nabbed a spot on the list, after Mark Fusco ’83, Joe Cavanagh ’71, and Gene Kinasewich ’64.

During his years donning a Harvard jersey, MacDonald led his squad to a 31-1 record and an NCAA title—the first in Crimson Athletics history. He also racked up numerous accolades, including the Bingham Award (awarded to one Harvard senior male), the Hobey Baker Award (for the honor of college hockey’s top player), and the title of Beanpot MVP, among numerous others.

Outside the college circuit, MacDonald made waves on the U.S. National Team and the Olympic Team in 1988, for which he took a year off from school.

Now, MacDonald sits atop the Crimson leader board for all-time scorers with 111 goals, and he ranks second all-time in points with 225.

Hopefully, the exciting news will breathe some fresh inspiration into the men’s hockey program, which is 1-8 in its last nine games. The crew will need it for its next game against No. 3 Yale—the Bulldogs have only four losses, which match the number of wins for Harvard this season.