Throw together a new head coach, two new captains, and 10 incoming freshmen and you get a Harvard men’s lacrosse team with a very new look.
A new look might be just what the Crimson needs after a statistically disappointing 2010 campaign. Entering last season ranked No. 12 in the nation and boasting the third-ranked recruiting class in the country, Harvard faltered in conference play, finishing 2-4 in the Ivy League.
After the unexpected departure of third-year head coach John Tillman in June to take the Maryland head coaching position, first-year Crimson coach Chris Wojcik ’96, along with new co-captains Dean Gibbons and junior Kevin Vaughan, hope to keep the team moving in the right direction.
It's August, and you know what that means: football season is only one month away. It’s time to start preparing your fantasy football cheat sheets, firing up the grill, and dusting off the old Harvard varsity sweater. The Crimson opens its season against Holy Cross on September 18 under the lights at Harvard Stadium. Sure, that’s 45 days away, but Around the Water Cooler, it's never too early to start discussing Ivy League football—especially when the other option is to talk about the Ivy League’s incoming track and field classes.
It’s hard to believe, but over at Cornell there are apparently other sports played besides basketball. Dempsey Quinn, a senior safety on the Big Red’s football squad, was recently named to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl preseason All-America second team. Last season, Quinn finished with 92 tackles, three forced fumbles, and an interception.
Not many Harvard athletes can match the intensity of Chloe M. Keating when she is on the field hockey pitch—even she likens her style of play to that of a chicken with its head cut off. But in this exclusive interview, Keating reveals some of the method to her madness. 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.
Name: Chloe M. Keating
Stats: As a junior, Keating moved to the forward position and immediately became the Crimson’s strongest offensive weapon. She started in each of Harvard’s 17 contests and led the team in scoring with 10 goals and five assists. Keating also knew how to come through in the clutch, tallying three game-winning goals.
Each Friday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene from the preceding week. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
1.27 - The earned run average of Harvard pitcher Brent M. Suter this summer in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
5.26 - The earned run average of Suter with the Crimson during the 2010 season.
With two of the most promising high school basketball players keeping Harvard on their lists as they narrow down their college choices, the Harvard men’s basketball program has taken another step closer to dramatically improving its roster.
Rising high school seniors Andre Hollins—ranked the 150th best player nationally in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com—and Kenyatta Smith—ranked the 18th best center nationally by in the class of 2011 by ESPN—have both included Harvard among their final college choices.