Soccer Match for a Good Cause

Published by Kenny A. Lee on April 04, 2011 at 3:11AM
Roger That

Sophomore forward Brian Rogers will lead the attack against the Haiti men's national soccer team.

It’s not every day that a college team gets to play a country’s national team, but the Harvard men’s soccer squad will have a chance to play against a competitive international opponent while supporting a great cause.

The Haiti national soccer team, ranked 99th in the world out of 202 FIFA teams, is traveling on a five-day tour through the Northeast to help raise money for relief efforts in the country. Harvard and Haiti are working with Partners in Health to help Haiti rebuild after the devastating 7.0 M earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. Though new crises have struck the world, the Caribbean nation is still in a reconstruction phase one year later.

The earthquake had lasting effects for the squad; during 2010, the Haitians lost 30 people close to the soccer team. Even so, the Haitian team looks to build its soccer program back to its glory almost 40 years ago, qualifying for the World Cup in 1974.

The Crimson (5-7-5, 2-3-2 Ivy) finished the season under .500, but the game will be a good exhibition for the returning players before season play picks up next fall.

The match will take place on April 10 at 5 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. It is part of a series of games against the Ivy League, as the national team will have played Dartmouth on Friday. Tickets will be $10 for the general public and free to undergraduates, but donations will be accepted. All should attend to watch high-caliber soccer while supporting the Haitians and their recuperation efforts. For those who cannot make it, there will be live video stream online.

See the YouTube video for a preview of the match. It's interesting to note that graduated Crimson forward Andre Akpan '10 is featured on the game's poster—hopefully, the Haiti national team's game plan does not involve having to account for the Colorado Rapids forward's prolific scoring.

A Brief History of Harvard and the MLB

Published by Alexander Koenig on April 01, 2011 at 3:11AM

With the Major League Baseball season officially starting today, and Harvard’s own baseball team toiling at 3-16, it’s a fair question to ask what—if any—relationship the Crimson and the big leagues have had over the years.

In February, we discussed Frank Hermann ’06 and his foray into the majors, pitching for the Cleveland Indians.

Hermann is the first Harvard baseball player to reach the majors since Jeff Musselman ’85 suited up for the Blue Jays and Mets between 1985 and 1990. But before Musselman, the Crimson had a pretty extensive history of major leaguers.

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Magic of Numbers: Standout Performances

Published by Saira Khanna on April 01, 2011 at 3:11AM

Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.

125: The number of points Dean Gibbons has scored in his career so far as a  Harvard lacrosse player. He is 24 points away from making Harvard’s top ten list for scoring.

62: The number of bouts freshman fencer Alex Kiefer has won this year, culminating in her 2011 NCAA foil title.

21: The number of games that Jennifer VanderMeulen has scored in—every game of her career as a Crimson lacrosse player.

147: The number of strikeouts Harvard softball pitcher Rachel Brown has thrown this season. She currently leads the Ivy League in this category.

4: The number of consecutive matches the Crimson men’s tennis team has won. Harvard will play its first Ivy League matchup on Friday.

4: The number of women’s squash athletes that earned All-American honors.

Women's Hockey Holds Awards Banquet

Published by Claire K. Dailey on April 01, 2011 at 3:11AM
KATE THE GREAT

Women's hockey senior tri-captain Kate Buesser ended her career with the John Dooley Award for sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and devotion to hockey.

It was awards season for the Harvard women’s ice hockey team this past Saturday, where the squad’s best were honored at its annual banquet.

After ending the season 17-11-4, the Crimson notched second place in the ECAC standings in 2010-11.

After senior tri-captain Kate Buesser ended her career by receiving the John Dooley Award for sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and devotion to hockey, the reigns were turned over to junior Alisa Baumgartner. The only junior on the team, Baumgartner scored nine points and had six assists during the regular season.

Sophomore goalie Laura Bellamy won both the Joe Bertagna Most Improved Award and the title of assistant captain for the 2011-12 team. She will share the captainship with her classmate, defender Josephine Pucci. Pucci shined this past season, receiving All-Ivy first team and all All-ECAC second team honors, to go with a spot on the New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Stars.

The Most Valuable Player award went to sophomore forward Jillian Dempsey. Gaining spots on the the All-Ivy League and All-ECAC teams, Dempsey scored 22 points over the course of the season, ninth best in the league.

Even with the loss of the team’s seniors, Harvard is looking strong for the year ahead, with 15 players from the sophomore and freshmen classes returning.

 

KATE THE GREAT Women's hockey senior tri-captain Kate Buesser ended her career with the John Dooley Award for sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and devotion to hockey.