Athlete of the Week Runners-Up: Women's Basketball's Senior Duo Shines in Final Home Weekend

Published by Patrick J. Anderson on March 03, 2016 at 1:39AM

Harvard softball’s Rhianna Rich earned the honor of Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as well as The Crimson’s Athlete of the Week, for her outstanding performance at the JU Green and Gold Classic last weekend. With a batting average of .563 and four RBIs over a four-game stretch, the freshman infielder helped the Crimson to a 3-1 record to start off its spring season. Along with Rich’s success, three other Harvard athletes had impressive performances this week:

AnnMarie Healy, Women’s Basketball

This senior forward helped the Crimson (14-11, 9-3 Ivy) to back-to-back victories over Yale and Brown this week by scores of 65-63 and 92-79, respectively. In addition to putting 21 points on the board—her 24th time scoring in double-digits this season—against the Bulldogs, Healy clinched the victory, sinking the game-winner off her own rebound at the buzzer.

Shilpa Tummala, Women’s Basketball

Further demonstrating strong senior leadership on the team, Shilpa Tummala also helped Harvard secure victories over Yale and Brown this week. Tummala scored a career-high 24 points against the Bears to go along with 12 assists—her fourth double-double this season.

Riding a six-game winning streak, Tumalla and the rest of the Crimson squad will look to extend the run into this weekend, where Harvard will play its last two games of the season against Princeton and Penn, who both sit 10-1 in conference play.

Devin Dwyer, Men’s Lacrosse

Senior attackman Devin Dwyer capped off his second consecutive seven-point game with an overtime game-winner on Saturday, lifting Harvard (3-0) to a 10-9 victory against UMass. Dwyer’s final score—his fifth of the game—came just 10 seconds into overtime and was assisted by sophomore Morgan Cheek. The Garden City, N.Y., native will look to help the Crimson maintain its perfect record in its upcoming matchup against Duke this Saturday.

Five Women's Ice Hockey Players Honored by Ancient Eight

Published by Stuart Johnson on March 02, 2016 at 10:06AM

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Despite Harvard’s tough loss against No. 9/9 Colgate in the ECAC tournament quarterfinals over the weekend, there was still much for the players to celebrate. Five of the player’s for the Crimson earned postseason honors from the Ivy League.

Co-captain and goalie Emerance Maschmeyer, senior defender Michelle Picard, and junior forward Sydney Daniels were all named to the first team all-Ivy League team. Senior forward Miye D’Oench was named to the second team. Rounding out the list is sophomore forward Karly Heffernan who was named an honorable mention.

Maschmeyer, who was honored as both an All-American and Ivy Rookie of the year after the 2013-2014 season, was named to the first team for the third year in a row. Hailing from Bruderheim, Alberta, Maschmeyer had a record setting senior season. Maschmeyer finishes her college career eclipsing the career saves record set by Erin Villiote (1991-95) with 2,448 saves. Maschmeyer also finishes her college career with the career second best save percentage (.941) and second best goals-against average (1.65).


Tweets of the Week: Inspiration, Shoutouts, and Crimson Pride

Published by Kayla R Hollingsworth on March 01, 2016 at 1:43AM

Harvard’s pride, tradition, and ability to push student athletes to perform at their best were seen in the inspiration and shoutouts that spotlighted Tweets this Week.

The typical start to the week: a movie and some miracles.

5. Ashley Bruce, Harvard alum

“36 years ago today #DoYouBelieveInMiracles”

The inspiration came from the screen to reality when the support for Harvard teams and athletes, on and off the field, were shouted out.

4. Timothy Brown, Harvard alum

“Great to see Coach Cleary at Harvard hockey games. Olympian, star player and coach of the 1989 NCAA Champs, go Billy”

“Last night Harvard hockey played an exceptionally hard fought game against Cornell. Great goals by Sean Malone and Seb Lloyd”

Paying it forward.

3. Seb Lloyd, sophomore, men’s ice hockey

Shoutout to @HarvardLacrosse start the year off right with a big win vs. Nova! #theboys

2. Marisa Romeo, freshman, women’s lacrosse

“Robert Romeo: @HARVARDWLAX congratulations on great game today! And to #20…Long Road Back! We love you!!”

A final shoutout from Harvard Athletics reflects truly the life as and heart of a Harvard Student-Athlete.

1.Harvard Athletics, Harvard Crimson

“@dtrings22 & @HarvardHockey have committed thenselves to bettering the community #AroundTheYard #LifeAsAHarvardStudent-Athlete”

Doses of motivation and a spoonfool of retweets, makes the hardwork worth it. Here’s a few more bonus ones:

4. Katey Stone, head coach for women’s ice hockey

“Winners build on mistakes. Losers dwell on them. -Arnold Mori @Coach Motto”

3. Ashley Murphy, Harvard alum

“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years. -Thomas Jefferson @wwp #GetMoving#MorningMotivation”

2. Chris Roy, Harvard alum

“I’ve always been a strong believer in the mindset in sports and that a lot of games are actually won or lost before you step onto the ice. As coaches we like to talk strategy and style of play. But the game is still based on passion and energy. -Sullivan @NCAAHOCKEYCOACHES”

1. Rob Rassey, Assistant Hockey Coach

“Babcock: ‘Everyone thinks superstars got real good skill, but superstars have more heart, more soul, more drive training than other guys.’ @markhmasters”

Three Things to Watch: Men's Basketball vs. Brown

Published by David Freed on February 28, 2016 at 12:16AM

After losing to archrival Yale on Friday night, the Harvard men’s basketball team (11-16, 3-8 Ivy League) wraps up its final road trip of the year in Providence against the Brown Bears (8-17, 3-8). Staff Writer David Freed picks three things to watch as Harvard tries to secure its third straight weekend split.

1. Which Zena Will Show Up — Junior forward Zena Edosomwan’s campaign to average a double-double took a big hit Friday night. Edosomwan played his worst game of the season in the loss, picking up two quick fouls in the first half and looking lost on offense when he returned, desperately hunting a shot that was not there. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker took Edosomwan out at the 13-minute mark and never put him back in, a benching that had Edosomwan clearly distraught after the contest. Before throwing up a goose egg in New Haven, his previous season low in points was six—in the opening game against MIT.

On Saturday, Edosomwan should have his hands full inside with Brown senior center Cedric Kuakamensah. The last time out against the Bears, the junior had 13 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes, struggling for most of the game with foul trouble. With Harvard missing starting freshman point guard Tommy McCarthy (concussion), the Crimson will need more production from its leading scorer.

2. Filling In For T-Mac — Without its starting point guard, the Harvard offense looked lost for most of its contest against Yale. Junior Corbin Miller had just one turnover in 35 minutes but did not generate any offense off the dribble, leaving seniors Agunwa Okolie and Patrick Steeves (27 combined points) as the only playmakers on the floor for the Crimson. Freshman shooting guard Corey Johnson was locked down without his partner in crime, taking his only two threes of the game in the closing minutes with the outcome already decided. However, Amaker has very little depth at the point guard position after early-season injuries to junior Matt Fraschilla and senior Siyani Chambers, so expect Miller to play heavy minutes again. Whether he can generate offense off the dribble—something he has struggled to do all season—will be a crucial factor deciding if Harvard can pull out the win.

3. Okolie Brothers — In the midst of disappointing seasons for both teams, the play of the Okolie brothers has been a bright spot. Amaker routinely singles out the elder Okolie, Harvard’s best perimeter defender, for his effort and persistency. With Edosomwan and captain Evan Cummins struggling down the stretch, Okolie has carried the offense at times. Given his minimal role in the offense last year, that has been—to say the least—a surprise.

Down in Providence, his younger brother Obi has shouldered a larger and larger load for Mike Martin’s team. The younger Okolie gets to the line a lot more than his Harvard counterpart and shoots more aggressively despite being a bit smaller. He has had 14 or more points in each of Brown’s last five games, including a season-high 23 in a narrow loss in Philadelphia last weekend. Last time out, Amaker had Okolie on Brown guard Tavon Blackmon but in the second matchup, he may rely on the elder Okolie to shut down the his kid brother.

Wesley Saunders '15 Traded for Keith Wright '12 in NBA D-League

Published by David Freed on February 24, 2016 at 10:04AM
Saunders to Spurs

Wesley Saunders '15, shown above in Harvard's 2014 NCAA Tournament victory over Cincinnati, was traded for fellow Harvard alum Keith Wright '12, in the NBA's D-League

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In the first NBA trade ever to feature only Harvard graduates, the D-League’s Westchester Knicks traded Wesley Saunders ’15 to the Austin Spurs Tuesday night for Keith Wright ’12. Saunders had been averaging just 4.4 points in 18 minutes a game for the Knicks, while Wright was mired at the end of the bench in Texas, getting just under nine minutes a game of playing time.

A couple of Saunders’ new teammates are his old college foes. Nick Johnson (Arizona), Keifer Sykes (Green Bay), and Cady Lalanne (UMass) all lined up against Saunders at some point in his college career, with the Harvard star going 2-2 against the trio. A bit bigger than both Sykes and Johnson, Saunders, whom Harvard coach Tommy Amaker called the team’s best player during each of his last three years in Cambridge, should move into a backup shooting guard role for the Spurs.

Wright, like Saunders a former Ivy League Player of the Year, will also have additional opportunities for his new team. He immediately becomes the third-biggest player on the Westchester roster, tied with Damien Inglis behind Jordan Crawford and Gani Lawal. His lackluster performance this year (35.5 percent shooting versus 51.7 percent career) may change with a move back to the Northeast.

Wright’s first action with his new team will likely come on Thursday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, while Saunders will take the court in his new uniform for the first time Saturday against the Oklahoma City Blue.

—Staff writer David Freed can be reached at