Weekend Preview: 2010 Slate Begins to Wrap Up

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on December 04, 2010 at 3:11AM

With Reading Period starting, the semester is winding down for most students, but for a few teams, the seasons are just starting to heat up.

The men’s basketball team is on a roll this season. After losing its opening matchup to George Mason, the squad is on a five-game winning streak. On Wednesday, Harvard dominated Fordham, 80-57, at home. The Crimson faces off against Michigan in another road game today at 1 p.m. Harvard and Michigan have met three times before, with the Wolverines holding the slight edge, 2-1, in the series. In the last meeting, Harvard earned its first victory over Michigan, 62-51 at Lavietes in the 2007-08 season.


Former Basketball Captain Glenn Fine Retires from Department of Justice

Published by Timothy J. Walsh on December 04, 2010 at 3:11AM

A box score from Dec. 17, 1978, shows that Boston College beat the Harvard men’s basketball team, 86-83, at the Boston Garden. But the game meant much more than the score for one player.

Glenn Fine ’79 started the day in Baltimore, where he met with the Rhodes Scholarship committee. In the afternoon, he boarded a private plane donated by a Harvard alumnus to fly back to Boston. Upon landing, he received a police escort to the Boston Garden and then played the full 40 minutes as the Crimson took on undefeated Boston College.

Nine of Harvard’s 12 players did not have any varsity experience before the season, but they still managed to take the Eagles down to the wire, thanks in large part to Fine’s play. The co-captain tallied 10 points, seven assists, and four steals in the opening half, and the Crimson went into intermission trailing just 48-45.


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.