Orthopedic Innovations from Former Footballer

Published by Madeleine Smith on December 03, 2010 at 3:11AM

For many athletes, an ACL tear can mean the end of a career. But for Dr. Mark Drakos ’98 it was just the beginning.

Drakos, a former four-year varsity wide receiver for the Crimson, saw his fair share of injuries while in uniform. He also noticed that he and his teammates would be especially sore after games and practices held on different surfaces.

Now an orthopedic surgeon, Drakos has turned these observations into one of the field’s most progressive and unique research programs.


Around the Water Cooler: Change We Can Believe In

Published by Patrick Galvin on December 02, 2010 at 3:11AM

These days, it seems like we’re all stuck in transition. With the end of Thanksgiving feasting, Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere and the Holiday Spirit is taking over. Classes may be ending tomorrow, but reading period and finals are just around the corner. Similarly, fall sports are winding down, but that just means winter sports are picking up. Let’s huddle around the water cooler and see what's happening around the Ivy League this week.

The Penn women’s volleyball team earned the League’s NCAA bid last week, defeating Yale, 3-2, in a win that had Quakers fans yelling the familiar chant: “Just like football!” Now, Penn (17-10) will head down to Durham, N.C., to play against Ohio (22-12) in its second-straight NCAA appearance on Friday. The Quakers won their first NCAA match last year in a 3-1 victory over Army and hope to repeat their success this weekend.


ECAC Women's Hockey Power Rankings

Published by Kate Leist on December 02, 2010 at 3:11AM

December has arrived, and the ECAC women’s hockey season is in full swing. The conference has a clear frontrunner—the top team in the nation, no less—but besides Cornell, the league’s having a rough opening to the season. The Back Page takes a look at who’s trending up and who’s crashing down in the first edition of ECAC power rankings.

1. Cornell (11-1-0, 6-0-0 ECAC, 1st in conference)

This one’s a no-brainer. After blanking Niagara by a combined 12-0 score in last weekend’s two-game set, the Big Red rose to No. 1 in the national polls, and Cornell kept its seven-game win streak going with a 4-1 win over Syracuse last night. The Big Red is far and away the best team in the ECAC, and it should have no problem handling Clarkson and St. Lawrence at home this weekend.


Casey Coming Back Strong from Injury

Published by Martin Kessler on December 02, 2010 at 3:11AM

For the first time this season, Harvard men’s basketball fans caught a glimpse of the Kyle Casey of old. In his third game back since suffering a broken foot during the preseason, Casey finished with a season-high 13 points and six rebounds.

“He came up to me before the game and said he was feeling really good and that he was loose,” junior co-captain Oliver McNally said. “I was like, ‘Oh man, this guy’s about to put some shots up.’”


The Full-Court Press: Women's Lacrosse

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

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.