The Back Page's Athlete of 2011 Results: Kiefer v. Baskind

Published by Robert S Samuels on February 01, 2012 at 3:12AM

2011 was a big year in Harvard athletics. Women’s soccer captured its third Ivy League championship in four years. The men’s basketball team took home a share of the Ancient Eight title and entered the nation’s Top 25, both firsts in program history. Football set a modern-era program record for points in a season, scoring 374 points en route to a 9-1 finish and a league crown. Four other teams—men’s fencing, men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew, and softball—also finished 2011 on top of the Ivy League standings.

There were a number of standout individual performances as well. Women’s fencer Alexandra Kiefer captured the NCAA Foil Individual title. Men’s basketball forward Keith Wright became just the second player in Harvard history to take home Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Women’s soccer and lacrosse captain Melanie Baskind was named to the First Team All-Ivy in two different sports and was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year in soccer.

We at The Back Page have taken on the tall task of determining the best Harvard athlete of 2011. Here’s how it will go down: we’ve selected 16 standout Harvard athletes—eight male and eight female—and set up two single elimination brackets. Each round, Harvard’s finest will square off in head-to-head matchups. And based on their performances in 2011, we will determine who advances and who is eliminated until just one male and one female remain. Then, the two champs will square off to determine the top Harvard athlete of 2011.

Yesterday, we took a look at the women’s semifinal matchups. Now, it's on to the finals: fencing’s Alexandra Kiefer against soccer’s Mel Baskind.

Check back tomorrow when we pit the winners of the men’s and women’s sides to determine The Back Page Athlete of 2011.

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The Back Page's Athlete of 2011 Results: Baskind v. Campbell

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on February 01, 2012 at 3:12AM

2011 was a big year in Harvard athletics. Women’s soccer captured its third Ivy League championship in four years. The men’s basketball team took home a share of the Ancient Eight title and entered the nation’s Top 25, both firsts in program history. Football set a modern-era program record for points in a season, scoring 374 points en route to a 9-1 finish and a league crown. Four other teams—men’s fencing, men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew, and softball—also finished 2011 on top of the Ivy League standings.

There were a number of standout individual performances as well. Women’s fencer Alexandra Kiefer captured the NCAA Foil Individual title. Men’s basketball forward Keith Wright became just the second player in Harvard history to take home Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Women’s soccer and lacrosse captain Melanie Baskind was named to the First Team All-Ivy in two different sports and was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year in soccer.

We at The Back Page have taken on the tall task of determining the best Harvard athlete of 2011. Here’s how it will go down: we’ve selected 16 standout Harvard athletes—eight male and eight female—and set up two single elimination brackets. Each round, Harvard’s finest will square off in head-to-head matchups. And based on their performances in 2011, we will determine who advances and who is eliminated until just one male and one female remain. Then, the two champs will square off to determine the top Harvard athlete of 2011.

After crowning the champion of the women’s bracket yesterday, it’s the moment we've all been waiting for: Andrew Campbell of the rowing team and Mel Baskind of the lacrosse and soccer teams meet in the overall final to determine The Back Page Athlete of 2011.

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The Back Page's Athlete of 2011 Results: Hu v. VanderMuelen, Tassopoulos v. Baskind

Published by Catherine E. Coppinger and Peter G. Cornick on January 27, 2012 at 3:12AM

2011 was a big year in Harvard athletics. Women’s soccer captured its third Ivy League championship in four years. The men’s basketball team took home a share of the Ancient Eight title and entered the nation’s Top 25, both firsts in program history. Football set a modern-era program record for points in a season, scoring 374 points en route to a 9-1 finish and a league crown. Four other teams—men’s fencing, men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew, and softball—also finished 2011 on top of the Ivy League standings.

There were a number of standout individual performances as well. Women’s fencer Alexandra Kiefer captured the NCAA Foil Individual title. Men’s basketball forward Keith Wright became just the second player in Harvard history to take home Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Women’s soccer and lacrosse captain Melanie Baskind was named to the First Team All-Ivy in two different sports and was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year in soccer.

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The Back Page's Athlete of 2011, Round 1: VanderMeulen v. Hu

Published by Martin Kessler and Robert S Samuels on January 13, 2012 at 3:12AM

2011 was a big year in Harvard athletics. Women’s soccer captured its third Ivy League championship in four years. The men’s basketball team took home a share of the Ancient Eight title and entered the nation’s Top 25, both firsts in program history. Football set a modern-era program record for points in a season, scoring 374 points en route to a 9-1 finish and a league crown. Four other teams—men’s fencing, men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew, and softball—also finished 2011 on top of the Ivy League standings.

There were a number of standout individual performances as well. Women’s fencer Alexandra Kiefer captured the NCAA Foil Individual title. Men’s basketball forward Keith Wright became just the second player in Harvard history to take home Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Women’s soccer and lacrosse captain Melanie Baskind was named to the First Team All-Ivy in two different sports and was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year in soccer.

We at The Back Page have taken on the tall task of determining the best Harvard athlete of 2011. Here’s how it will go down: we’ve selected 16 standout Harvard athletes—eight male and eight female—and set up two single elimination brackets. Each round, Harvard’s finest will square off in head-to-head matchups. And based on their performances in 2011, we will determine who advances and who is eliminated until just one male and one female remain. Then, the two champs will square off to determine the top Harvard athlete of 2011.

Yesterday we took a look at the matchup between Alexandra Kiefer and Josephine Pucci. Now, we turn our attention to our third showdown on the women’s side: lacrosse's Jennifer VanderMeulen v. golf's Bonnie Hu.

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Weekend Preview: Championship Season

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on May 07, 2011 at 3:11AM

As the school year comes to a close, many Harvard athletic teams are competing in some of their most important events of the season.

The softball squad faces off against Cornell today and tomorrow in a best-of-three series, with the winner claiming the Ivy League Championship. The championship is a rematch of last year in which Cornell defeated the Crimson by one run in the third game. Despite the loss to the Big Red last season, Harvard has been improving, racking up a 34-10 season record and setting multiple program records this year. The two teams split their two-game matchup earlier this year. The Crimson seeks its fifth Ivy League Championship and its first since 2007.

The men’s lacrosse team is also looking to claim the Ivy League Championship tomorrow at noon against Cornell. After defeating Penn yesterday, 12-8, in the semifinals, the Crimson moved even closer to an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Harvard enters the matchup with three straight wins, but Cornell comes in with even more momentum from nine straight victories and a 12-2 record. The Big Red has walked away victorious in the last 13 games against the Crimson, but Harvard still has a fighting chance. Cornell has only won by one goal in each of the last three seasons.

The women’s lacrosse team is the final team seeking an Ivy League Championship title this weekend. Harvard edged Dartmouth in the semifinals yesterday, 11-10, and will now face Princeton tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Last season, the women emerged victorious over the Tigers with an 11-9 win.

With all of the championships taking place this weekend, the track and field teams are getting in on the action with an important race of their own. The men and women’s squads travel to New Haven, Conn., for the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. Both the men and women’s squads finished seventh at Heps last year and will look to improve on those records.

Finally, the sailing team travels to Dartmouth this weekend to compete for the Fowle Trophy in the 62nd New England Team Race. Last year, the both the men and women’s squads placed seventh.