Harvard Alumni Update: Dominic Moore Ends Goal Drought

Published by Ginny Miller on November 24, 2015 at 12:45AM

While most Harvard student-athletes do not pursue careers in professional sports, a select few are able to make the leap. Not only do some of them make the pros, but some of them also shine.

Dominic Moore ’03 (C, New York Rangers - NHL)

Coming off a successful playoff run last year, Moore has been making major contributions for the New York Rangers who currently stand at the top of their division. Moore lines up at center for the Rangers’ fourth line. Moore was the only Ranger on the board, ending a personal 13-game goal drought. Moore then registered 11:50 playing time in New York’s win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Dominic and his two older brothers, Mark and Steve, were the first-ever brother trio to share the rink at the same time for the Crimson. Moore is currently tied for third in game-winning goals and eighth in career goals for the Crimson.

Alex Killorn ’12 (C, Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL)

Another Harvard alum, Alex Killorn faced off against the Rangers this past week for the fist time since Game 7 of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

Killorn, centering the Lightning’s third line, scored in the first quarter to establish a lead early on the game, only the second time this season Tampa has held a lead after the first period. The Lightning win ended the Rangers’ chance to equal the longest winning streak in team history. Tampa then blanked the Florida Panthers 5-0 on Saturday where Killorn had one assist. The Lightning improved to 10-9-3 on the season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick ’04 (QB, New York Jets- NFL)

Fitzpatrick faced his former team this week when the New York Jets visited the Houston Texans. The Jets fell to 5-5 on the season this week with a 24-17 loss to the Texans on Sunday. Dreams of a playoff run are quickly fading for the Jets, who started the season with an impressive 4-1 record.

Fitzpatrick started for the Jets after having thumb surgery last week. The former Crimson Quarterback completed 19 of 39 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and ran in for another touchdown, but two interceptions late in the fourth quarter thwarted any comeback attempt.

Mike Fucito ’09 (F, San Jose Earthquakes- MLS)

Fuctio completed his collegiate career at Harvard ranked fourth in career goals and in assists and led the Crimson to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2006-08. Fucito was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes from the Portland Timbers in 2013. Fucito has appeared in two games this season for the Earthquakes.

#TBT: The Last Time Yale Beat Harvard

Published by Bryan Hu on November 19, 2015 at 10:06PM

As Harvard and Yale get set to play the 132nd edition of The Game this weekend in New Haven (2:30 PM, NBCSN), it’s worth racking our memories for the last time that the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3 Ivy) have defeated the Crimson (8-1, 5-1).

After all, Yale come oh-so-close in last year’s matchup, but ultimately dropped its record-tying eighth straight game to Harvard, 31-24, on a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior Connor Hempel to junior Andrew Fischer late in the fourth quarter.

Perhaps it fared better the year prior? Unfortunately, the Crimson won that one, too. And the one before that. If Yale falls to Harvard again on Saturday, the Crimson will have maintained the longest winning streak by either side in the history of The Game.

In fact, tracing your fingers through the history books to find the last time Yale won brings you to the year 2006, a different world in which Justin Verlander was a rookie and the Edmonton Oilers made the Stanley Cup Final.

On November 18 of that fateful year, Yale (8-2, 6-1) snapped a five-game losing streak to Harvard (7-3, 4-3) with a dominating 34-13 victory at Harvard Stadium. Sophomore running back Mike McLeod ran for three touchdowns and 87 yards on 34 carries. Meanwhile, the Crimson’s starting quarterback, junior Liam O’Hagan, was pulled early in the second half after completing just seven of 15 passes for 53 yards and an interception.

With the win, the Bulldogs clinched a share of the Ivy League title, tying Princeton atop the standings. The 2006 title is the last one Yale has captured to date.

This weekend, Harvard takes the field in position to clinch at least a share of the 2015 Ivy title, even after last weekend’s 35-25 upset loss to Penn. The Crimson sits atop the standings with Penn and Dartmouth and has won or shared the Ivy championship for five of the eight seasons since 2006.

Since 1875, Yale leads the all-time series over Harvard, 65-58-8, but the Crimson’s most recent eight-game winning streak over its most storied rival still looms large.

Columbia By the Numbers: Not Your Typical Lions

Published by Wade G. Player on November 11, 2015 at 11:33PM
Hindering Hosch

Columbia limited the Crimson to just 24 points on Saturday, despite the fact that the Harvard offense has averaged nearly 40 points per game this season.

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There’s not much else to it: the Harvard football team has dominated Columbia over the last 13 years. The last loss to the Columbia football team came in 2003 with the Lions barely edging out the Crimson 16-13. Since then, Columbia hasn’t been able to touch Harvard. The biggest rout came from the 2012 season through last year.

The game this year, played at Robert K. Kraft Field in New York (ironic that the Lions’ home field is named after Boston’s premier sports magnate) was a little different, though. In the season that Columbia won its first game since 2012, the Lions are currently allowing a mere 20.9 points per game to opponents. Statistically, the game this year was a complete turn-around for Columbia.

POINTS 2015: Harvard 24; Columbia 16

POINTS 2012-14: Harvard, 49.3; Columbia 0

Since 2012, the Crimson defense did not let up a single point to the Lions until this year. However, the Lions’ boast the third-ranked defense in the Ivy League. They shut down the Crimson who currently average a league-leading 37.6 points per game. Columbia’s 16 points nearly doubles Harvard’s average of 9.5 points allowed per game.

TOTAL OFFENSE 2015: Harvard, 379 yards; Columbia, 404 yards

TOTAL OFFENSE 2012-14: Harvard, 487.7; Columbia, 206.3

Harvard, having more than doubled Columbia’s total yardage over the previous three contests, was outperformed by the Lion’s offense. The Harvard offense, which averages 475.6 yards per game, put up almost 100 yards less than normal.

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS 2015: Harvard, 3; Columbia, 3

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS 2012-14: Harvard, 24.3; Columbia, 0

Over the past three seasons, the Harvard offense was opportunistic when it came to turnovers by the Columbia offense. Half of the team's’ points came when the Lion’s gave the ball away. The closeness of this game can be directly linked to the lack of turnovers by each offense as well as the few points scored when either did turn the ball over.

Tweets of the Week

Published by Phillip Yu on November 11, 2015 at 9:38PM

With the end of midterm season (a.k.a. the entire fall semester) fast approaching, it’s time to celebrate! …with overdue essays, zero-degree wind chill, and the beginning of the finals grind.

Okay, so maybe it’s not time to kick back, and relax just yet.

But have no fear! There are a few things to look forward to: a Harvard-Yale victory (hopefully), Turkey break, and—as always—an abundance of fine tweets from even finer Crimson athletes. So, please, put down the Economics textbook for a few moments and instead enjoy some of the greatest tweets of the week, courtesy of Harvard Sports:

6. Kent Haeffner, sophomore, men’s swimming and diving

“That moment you get to class after a nap and realize you didn't put your contacts in #blind”

We’ve all had those days, Kent.

5. Jacob Luna, senior, men’s swimming and diving

Today in psychopharmacology: cheese causes autism

Kids, I present to you: Harvard.

4. Gabby Sims, sophomore, women’s swimming and diving

“When you can't decide what donut you want so you get three”

Please donut tempt me with your sweets…

3. Miye D'Oench, senior, women’s ice hockey

It makes no kind of sense that "playwrights" isn't spelled "playwrites"

Coming from a wrighter for the Crimson, I don’t get this either.

2. Molly Tissenbaum, junior, women’s ice hockey

I have a severe distrust of all people who order a small coffee in the morning... #why

So do we, Molly. So do we. #caffeineorbust

1. And finally…Harvard Athletics, with a picture of two bearded, identical-looking men:

“Twins or two great @harvardfootball QBs? Ryan Fitzpatrick congratulates @bshosch on the win over Columbia”

Will the real Fitzpatrick please stand up?

Harvard Alumni Update: Fitzpatrick Continues to Shine

Published by Manav Khandelwal on November 10, 2015 at 12:45AM

It was a successful week for former Harvard athletes this past week across a number of professional leagues. Here are just a few of the former Crimson standouts who featured heavily over the past seven days:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB, New York Jets - NFL)

Ryan Fitzpatrick, who quarterbacked the 2004 Harvard football team to an undefeated, Ancient Eight championship season, has blossomed under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey this season, leading the New York Jets to a 5-3 record through eight games.

Fitzpatrick, dealt from Houston to the Jets this offseason, put in a gritty performance this weekend, leading New York to a 28-23 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars despite playing with a torn ligament in his thumb. He completed 21-of-34 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns, continuing to find chemistry with wideouts Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall.

The former Ivy League MVP will likely have in-season surgery to repair his thumb, but doctors have suggested he may not have to miss any games as a result.

Jeremy Lin (PG, Charlotte Hornets - NBA)

Former Harvard men’s basketball star Jeremy Lin, one of the newest member of the Charlotte Hornets, has found stability in North Carolina after several years in limbo. He signed a two-year deal with the Hornets after playing out the final year of his contract in Los Angeles last season, where he was in and out of the starting lineup for the 25-win Lakers.

After the run in New York that brought Lin national media attention, this campaign has been his most stable to date. He is firmly entrenched as Kemba Walker’s backup at the point guard spot, and the Crimson alum is averaging 24.9 points, 8.0 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per 48 minutes in his new role. He has played a key part in Charlotte’s recent resurgence, as they’ve now won two of three after losing their first three contests.

Cameron Brate (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - NFL)

A two-time All-Ivy League honoree during his time in Cambridge, Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate has featured more heavily on the stat sheet in his second professional season. The Naperville, I.L. native has fiv e receptions for 78 yards this season, including a diving, 17-yard grab this sunday from Jameis Winston to earn the Bucs a key first down. Despite Brate’s effort, Tampa Bay still lost, 32-18, to the New York Giants.

Alexander Killorn (C, Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL)

Former Harvard men’s ice hockey standout Alexander Killorn has carved out a nice role for himself this season with last year’s runner-up Lightning. After notching 32 goals and 47 assists over the last two seasons centering Tampa Bay’s third line, Killorn has two goals and three assists thus far this season.