Weekend Preview: Back to Work

Published by Kobi Rex on March 25, 2011 at 3:11AM

After a long winter season, three of the four Harvard crew teams will have their first competitions this weekend.

Tomorrow, the men’s lightweight crew and women’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams compete in their first races since the fall season.

The women’s heavyweight crew will have its hands full with Tulsa, as the visitors are coming off a great performance at the Oklahoma Invitational. The Golden Hurricanes swept all three of their varsity races against SMU in a strong start to the spring season.

The men’s lightweight crew team faces off against Delaware at 9:12 am tomorrow. The Blue Hen squad is actually not a varsity sport at Delaware, and so the Crimson will race against the Blue Hen club team this weekend.


Gordon Earns Ring of Honor Accolades

Published by Ralph Haro on March 24, 2011 at 2:07AM

Harvard senior running back Gino Gordon was named to the American Youth Football Alumni Ring of Honor this week after a storied career on the field as a member of the Crimson football team. The AYF recognizes players who are “focused on promoting good sportsmanship, teamwork, high moral and physical standards and the importance of scholarship and academic achievement.”

On the gridiron, Gordon was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice in 2007. He was on the All-Ivy second team as a sophomore and earned a first-team nod in both his junior and senior years. At the end of this past season, Gordon was a co-recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup following his 1,059 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

Gordon was one of six football players inducted into the Ring of Honor this year, including Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes and Rams defensive end Chris Long. Check out the full release here.


Magic of Numbers: Weekend Countdown

Published by Kendra F. Rosario on March 24, 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.


10: Number of teams featured in the Magic of Numbers countdown.

9: Number of groundballs and goals junior midfielder Melanie Baskind has picked up this season. She leads the women’s lacrosse team in groundballs.

8: Number of victories sophomore Thomas Kolasa racked up in the men's sabre competition for Harvard during the first day of the NCAA fencing championship. He led the squad and is currently in ninth place overall.

7: Number of positions Harvard held in the top-15 at NCAA Northeast Region Championship. Freshman Alexandra Kiefer took the top spot in foil while, junior Noam took the title in epee.

6: Number of seniors on lightweight women’s crew.

5: Number of victories men’s lacrosse has attained so far this season.


Top Recruit Chooses Harvard

Published by Kendra F. Rosario on March 24, 2011 at 3:11AM

At the tender age of 14, Temi Fagbenle swapped her tennis racket for basketball shoes in order to increase her chances of gaining admission to a top university. So, she relocated for the fourth time—having previously moved to London from Baltimore and Nigeria—to Blairstown, New Jersey to attend Blair Academy and focus on her on-court game.

Almost four years later, the current high school senior’s sacrifices paid off: Fagbenle has attracted her fair share of Division I offers from the likes of Duke, Boston College and Georgetown, but settled on Harvard with ease.

"Well it's Harvard," she said during her athlete of the week interview for SportsIllustrated.com. "There really wasn't much competition."

The 6’4” forward averages 16.6 points and 9.3 rebounds, and is known to be defensive threat too. Along with her current SportsIllustrated.com Athlete of the week honor, Fagbenle earned a variety of other accolades including the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year, McDonald's All-American honors, and an invitation to train with England for the European Championships.

Now that she’s committed to Harvard, Fagbenle looks forward to maintaining solid grades—like her 3.4 GPA in high school—, and a close relationship with her 11 siblings, but also looks forward to the opportunity to help the women’s basketball team to their first Ivy League title since 2007.


Baseball's Perlman Finds the Bright Side

Published by Cameron Dowd on March 24, 2011 at 3:11AM

Despite the Harvard baseball team’s 1-13 start to the season, not all is lost with the Crimson able to ride the strong play of senior pitcher Max Perlman.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound right-hander heads into the weekend with a 1.40 ERA and 19 strikeouts in just over 19 innings.

Perlman pointed out his offseason dedication as the key for his impressive start.

“[I] worked very hard in the offseason and had a good experience this past summer when I got to play with some guys that were very good and will definitely play professional baseball,” Perlman said. “I definitely learned from them.”