In hockey, defensemen are often assigned to some of the least glamorous tasks. Though critical to their team's victories, they'll rarely make the highlights.
Even off the field, blue liner Angela Ruggiero '02-'04 works under the radar. But her latest task can hardly be considered unglamorous. As an athlete representative on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Ruggiero is part of a panel evaluating the hosting ability of cities vying to host the 2018 Winter Games.
Co-captain Alexei Chijoff-Evans, the No. 1 player on the men's tennis team, decided to leave the team this week.
Alexei Chijoff-Evans, slated to be the co-captain and No. 1 player on the Harvard men’s tennis team this year, announced to his coach and teammates this week that he was leaving the team.
Chijoff-Evans, who has not yet returned calls for comment, was the Crimson’s only nationally-ranked player. Going 19-21 at No. 1 singles last year, he was tied for the team lead in singles wins.
The news has come as a shock to the Harvard tennis community.
“[The players] were hugely surprised,” said Crimson coach Dave Fish '72. “Anyone would be surprised. But he’s got a lot on his plate right now, and sometimes these things feel like a lot of pressure.”
Some valedictorians spend their free time working on their math or Spanish. Harvard freshmen Bonnie Hu and Seiji Liu spend it working on their golf swings, and they’re now at the top of more than just their high school classes. Both were named as Freshmen to Watch by Golfweek Magazine this week, impressive given the men's and women's lists each named only 20 golfers. Only six other schools in the country had freshmen named to both lists.
New season. New coaches. New shot at the national championship
But the Radcliffe Rugby Football Club is not new to tough competition. After coming one try away from going to Nationals last fall, the squad is entering this year with a definite goal in mind: retribution.
It starts off its season this weekend at the Beantown Tournament in Amherst, Mass. Although Radcliffe plays in Division II during the main season, it will be competing in the Division I bracket for the contest. It is scheduled to play UMass Amherst and Cornell in the first round, two of the best teams in the nation.
Men's soccer, 2-0 on the young season, takes on another ranked opponent tonight—traveling to Storrs, Conn. to face No. 10 Connecticut.
While most students are just finally getting settled back into life on campus, Harvard athletics is hitting the road. In fact, every in-season team with matchups this weekend is playing outside of Cambridge.
No. 6 men’s soccer is looking to extend its winning streak following last Saturday’s electrifying game against Stanford and a mid-week victory over Massachusetts, as it takes on No. 10 Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. tonight.
Meanwhile, the Crimson women’s soccer team has headed down south to Florida for a pair of weekend games. Harvard dropped the first contest to Central Florida, 3-0, last night in its first loss of the season but will try to bounce back and improve on its 1-1-1 record against South Florida tomorrow.