The Full-Court Press: Women's Lacrosse

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on November 30, 2010 at 3:11AM
ANYTHING BUT LAX

Women's lacrosse hopes to rack up the wins this year.

In this special edition of the Full Court Press, the Back Page talks to the Harvard women's lacrosse team, which earned its first victory over Princeton since 1992 in April. Now in the midst of offseason training, the Crimson is working to ensure that its play in the upcoming season is reminiscent of a man-eating alligator. But the laxers took some time to reflect on their love of lattes and their fear of mice. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Stats: The women's lacrosse team ended its 2010 campaign on a winning streak, taking four of its last five games to finish the season with an 8-7 overall mark and a 3-4 showing in conference play. Harvard will open its 2011 season in Palo Alto, Calif., where it will take on Stanford on February 26.

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Gordon Nominated for Ivy Player of the Year

Published by Max N. Brondfield on November 30, 2010 at 3:11AM
GINO TIME

Harvard senior running back Gino Gordon was named a finalist for Ivy League Football Player of the Year today.

It looks like Gino Gordon’s peers aren’t the only ones who recognize his value. The senior running back followed up his Greely Crocker Award as Harvard football’s MVP this season—an honor voted on by his teammates—with a nomination for the 2010 Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which goes to the Player of the Year in the Ivy League.

Gordon joins three other finalists, all of whom had significant impacts for their respective teams in 2010. Dartmouth junior tailback Nick Schweiger, Penn sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone, and Princeton senior receiver Trey Peacock round out the standout group.

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Ivy Soccer Eliminated from NCAA Tournament

Published by Madeleine Smith on November 30, 2010 at 3:11AM
Left Out

While the Harvard men's soccer team failed to reach the NCAA tournament, four other Ivy League teams earned postseason berths.

Ivy League soccer has finally come to an end.

Although the regular season ended weeks ago, the Dartmouth and Brown men’s soccer teams played their final games last weekend.

Both Ivy teams lost in their NCAA Championship Sweet Sixteen matchups on Sunday. This year marks the first in over a decade in which two Ancient Eight squads were still standing so late into tournament. Princeton and Penn also made it to the postseason, losing in earlier matchups.

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Sound Off: Amaker Talks Big Men

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on November 30, 2010 at 3:11AM

In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten savvier—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean. 

Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker was pleased but not overly enthusiastic after the Crimson’s victory over Colorado Sunday afternoon. Though the 82-66 blowout represented the program’s first-ever win against a Big 12 school, it is easy to tell that Harvard’s focus remains on the long season ahead and the numerous obstacles in the way of bringing to Cambridge another program “first”: an Ivy League championship. The coach broke down some of those potential stumbling blocks in the post-game media conference.

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Harvard Alum Matt Birk '98 Continues To Make Impact on and off the Field

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on November 29, 2010 at 3:11AM

Undoubtedly the most successful recent alum of the Harvard football team, Matt Birk '98 has continued to raise the bar for Crimson athletes in major professional sports.

Once again, the center is one of the top offensive linemen in the NFL. With Birk at center, the Baltimore Ravens rank fourth in Rush pwr for rushes through the center. Rush pwr records the number of times when a team successfully attains the two or fewer yards needed for a first down or touchdown on third or fourth down or on any goal-to-go scenario. In other words, when his team needs crucial yardage, Birk is one of the best centers in the league at creating holes.

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