Harvard Alum Matt Birk '98 Continues To Make Impact on and off the Field

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on November 29, 2010 at 3:11AM

Undoubtedly the most successful recent alum of the Harvard football team, Matt Birk '98 has continued to raise the bar for Crimson athletes in major professional sports.

Once again, the center is one of the top offensive linemen in the NFL. With Birk at center, the Baltimore Ravens rank fourth in Rush pwr for rushes through the center. Rush pwr records the number of times when a team successfully attains the two or fewer yards needed for a first down or touchdown on third or fourth down or on any goal-to-go scenario. In other words, when his team needs crucial yardage, Birk is one of the best centers in the league at creating holes.


Men's Basketball Seeks First Big 12 Win against Colorado

Published by Martin Kessler on November 27, 2010 at 3:11AM
Case by Case

Sophomore Kyle Casey, back from a broken foot, will look to propel Harvard past Colorado at home.

For the first time since 2007, a BCS-conference team will travel to Lavietes Pavilion when the Harvard men’s basketball team hosts Colorado tomorrow afternoon.

The Crimson (3-1) is looking to pick up a win over a top-conference opponent for the fourth straight season against a talented Buffaloes team (2-2) that returns its top three scorers from last year’s squad that finished eighth in the Big 12.

Colorado is led by a duo of elite guards in senior Cory Higgins and sophomore Alec Burks.

Higgins, the Buffaloes’ leading scorer last season, has not showed signs of slowing up in his senior year, averaging 18.8 points and 5.3 rebounds through four games.

Meanwhile, Burks—a projected first-round pick in this June’s NBA draft—has gotten off to an even hotter start, scoring 23 points per contest.


Harvard Hockey Opponents Show Class off the Ice

Published by Madeleine Smith on November 27, 2010 at 3:11AM

To say the Harvard men’s hockey team faces a number of challenging opponents on the ice is a true statement—but it looks like the Crimson’s competition is making an impact off the ice as well.

Among the group of collegiate men’s hockey players named as candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, four are on teams that will match up against Harvard at some point during the 2010-11 season.

Dartmouth senior defender Evan Stephens and Yale senior forward Broc Little represent the Ivy League, while Union forward Stephane Boileau and Merrimack forward Chris Barton are other Crimson opponents that made the list.

The players are currently part of a group of 20 candidates that will be narrowed down to 10 finalists during the regular season. Those 10 will then make up the final ballot, with the winner being announced in April during the NCAA Division I Men’s Frozen Four.

Although no Harvard hockey players made the cut, Katherine Sheeleigh of Crimson women’s soccer was named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for soccer earlier this year. Results from that voting should be announced in the next few weeks.


Weekend Preview: Men's Basketball Highlights Post-Turkey Slate

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on November 26, 2010 at 3:11AM

Sophomore Christian Webster, shown here in earlier action, looks to help Harvard stay strong in its non-conference slate.

After last weekend’s exciting lineup of matches, including the Crimson football team’s win over Yale on Saturday, there is much less action for Harvard fans this weekend. Only four squads compete in six matchups over the Thanksgiving weekend.

First up is the men’s basketball team against Colorado at home on Sunday at 1 p.m. The men are currently on a three-game winning streak and look to extend this success against the Buffaloes. Though the Crimson has a 3-1 record for the season, the past two matches have been close wins, including a 69-66 victory at Bryant on Wednesday, when sophomore Christian Webster scored the game-winning three with just 23 seconds left. Harvard will have to step up its play to pull out a win in front of its home crowd: Colorado has been triumphant in the only two meetings the squads have had, including a 70-57 victory last year, and the Crimson has never beaten a Big 12 team.


Women's Hockey Drops Contest at No. 7 Minnesota

Published by B. Marjorie Gullick on November 26, 2010 at 3:11AM
Bell of the Ball

Sophomore Laura Bellamy, shown here in earlier action, couldn't keep Harvard from falling to No. 7 Minnesota, 3-0 this week.

Power plays proved to be the Achilles heel for the Harvard women’s hockey team (4-3-2, 4-2-2 ECAC) in its 3-0 loss at No. 7 Minnesota tonight. The match was the first in a two-games series between the No. 9 Crimson and the Golden Gophers (9-5-0, 5-5-0 WCHA) and provided Harvard’s first non-conference loss of the season.

Minnesota struck in the first period, despite the Crimson recording an 11-4 edge in shots, establishing an early lead over Harvard after taking advantage of a power-play opportunity. After sophomore Hilary Hayssen was whistled for slashing, Mira Jalosuo capitalized on the advantage off assists from teammates Amanda Kessel and Becky Kortum.