Radcliffe Alum Lofgren's Boat Up for Crew of the Year

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on December 17, 2010 at 3:11AM

For Radcliffe alum Esther Lofgren '07-'09, 2010 keeps getting better and better. Already a world champion, the rower gained further recognition for her crew's performance when the US national team women's 8+ was nominated for row2k's crew of the year. On Nov. 7 in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand, Lofgren's eight took the competition by storm, winning the world championships by a margin of nearly four seconds. The race capped off a strong year for the women's 8+, which also won at the World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Lofgren stroked the women's eight in Lucerne but moved to the five seat for the World Championships. Meanwhile, the current leaders in the fan voting, the U23 pair of Ashley Kroll and Felice Mueller, were guided by Harvard's own Linda Muri. Muri, coach of the Crimson lightweight freshmen, coached the U23 women's pair, four, and eight this summer, helping all three boats win gold in their respective events. Radcliffe co-captain Olivia Coffey was a member of that women's eight.

Around the Water Cooler: Hibernation Time

Published by Robert S Samuels on December 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

Updated 12/18/10 12:26 a.m.

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, but first we have to slog through what is certainly the least wonderful time. Yes, finals are here. And even worse, Ivy League sports have slowed down too, with many athletes either in the throes of exams or enjoying their first few days of winter break. But that’s okay: we still have some interesting stuff to share with you. So put down your books for a second, and let’s take a timeout around the water cooler.

Yes, we know, it’s been a long time since football season ended. But it’s not our fault the awards keep rolling in.

Columbia tight end Andrew Kennedy and Harvard defensive lineman Josue Ortiz joined the 2010 Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team. Kennedy had a strong year for the Lions, tallying 616 receiving yards and nine touchdowns for the Lions. Meanwhile, Ortiz ripped it up for the Crimson, finishing second in the Ancient Eight with 7.5 sacks.

Additionally, 11 other Ivy League players were named to the FCS All-New England All-Star Team, including the Ivy League Co-Players of the year, Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger and Harvard senior Gino Gordon.


Men's Lacrosse Update: Duboe Drafted, Gibbons and White Named Preseason All-Americans

Published by Catherine E. Coppinger on December 16, 2010 at 3:11AM
Gib And Take

Co-captain Dean Gibbons, along with junior Terry White, was named to the Inside Lacrosse preseason All-America team.

Despite the current temperature in Cambridge, here’s a reminder that warm weather is not so far away. In anticipation of the spring athletic season, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team earned various team and individual accolades this week.

Former Crimson midfielder Jason Duboe ’10 was drafted by the Boston Cannons in the MLL 2011 Supplemental Draft on Tuesday. Boston picked up Duboe in the sixth round with the 34th overall draft pick. Duboe was honored on two Tewaarton Trophy Watch Lists during his time at Harvard and was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS award in his final season. The midfielder is one of 10 former Ivy League standouts to be drafted this week (to see the full results of the draft, click here).

Luckily for the Crimson, despite Duboe’s absence from the roster this season, Harvard still appears to be in good hands. In a Lax News preseason poll, the Crimson was ranked No. 16 nationally. Two returning Harvard standouts earned individual preseason honors as well.


Harvard's Ortiz Named Third-Team All American

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on December 15, 2010 at 3:11AM
Not your average Jo

Junior defensive tackle Josué Ortiz was named a third-team All American this afternoon

Junior defensive tackle Josué Ortiz can bench the more than a sumo wrestler, throw quarterbacks to the ground, and block punts.

This afternoon, the Associated Press acknowledged those abilities and named the Crimson standout a third-team All American. Columbia tight end Andrew Kennedy was the only other Ivy Leaguer to make the cut, notching a second-team award.

The honor comes after a season in which Ortiz finished second in the league in sacks and tied for first in tackles for loss. Ortiz finished the season with 34 tackles, including 14 solo tackles, and 7.5 sacks.

But the stats don't tell the full story of Ortiz's dominance. Offensive lines struggled to contain the dynamic pass rusher all season, and the junior often forced quarterbacks to make hurried throws or opened holes for teammates.

"It makes playing linebacker a lot of fun," rising captain Alex Gedeon has said of playing with Ortiz and graduating senior Chuks Obi. "You know, it opens up a lot of gaps that we can run through and make plays, because they’re taking on double teams and they’re so destructive up front. Those two guys have made my job a lot easier this year."

Prior to his selection as an All American, Ortiz was named All New England and first team All Ivy. Ortiz and graduating captain Collin Zych were the only defensive players in the league to be unanimously named to the first team.


Harvard Recruit Moundou-Missi Named "Player to Watch"

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on December 14, 2010 at 3:11AM

A little heart goes a long way.

That's what Harvard men’s basketball recruit Steve Moundou-Missi found out after his performance at the Hoops with a Heart Classic earned him recognition by ESPN. ESPN Recruiting's Marty Richter named Missi, a senior at Montverde Academy, a "player to watch" and offered the following description:

"Moundou-Missi is a strong bodied, post player with good athleticism who plays with a tremendous amount of energy on both ends of the floor. Moundou-Missi was able to score 18 points down low with drop-step moves to his left shoulder, step through in the post over his left shoulder, spins to finish, rebound put-backs and filling the lane in transition with dunks. Moundou-Missi has good hands and can catch tough passes in traffic. The Harvard commit also rebounds the ball at the highest point, even outside of his area."