Athlete Of The Week

Men's Ice Hockey

Athlete of the Week: Kerfoot Is Making More Plays Than Ever

Remember that hypothesis predicting Harvard’s co-captain might see his production drop without the heroics of Jimmy Vesey and Kyle Criscuolo? That’s now obsolete. Because Kerfoot looks to be on his way to the best season he’s ever had.

Defense First
Women's Basketball

Athlete of the Week: Junior Taylor Rooks Comes Up Big in Win Over Fairfield

On the night where the usually prolific shooting of the Crimson was absent, Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith needed a spark from the bench, and that spark came in the form of Rooks.

Bain Train
Women's Volleyball

Athlete of the Week: Senior Corie Bain Shines in Final Weekend with Women's Volleyball

Corie Bain is one of the best—if not the singular best—player in the history of Harvard women’s volleyball.

Garcia Golazo
Women's Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Garcia's OT Winner Returns Ivy Crown to Cambridge

With a golden goal in the second overtime period, senior forward Rachel Garcia helped the Crimson secure its third Ivy League title in the past four years.

Young the Giant Slayer
Field Hockey

Athlete of the Week: Kathleen Young's Two Goals Leads Field Hockey to First Win Over Princeton in 22 Years

The Crimson knew that someone needed to step up in a big way for the team to overcome such a challenge and stay atop the Ancient Eight table. It turns out that sophomore forward Kathleen Young was that someone.

Two Records Is Better Than One
Field Hockey

Athlete of the Week: Balleza Breaks School Record for Career Goals, Points

In field hockey’s 5-0 win against Cornell on Saturday, Balleza accumulated five points, scoring two goals and providing one assist. Those marks helped Balleza become Harvard field hockey’s all-time career leader in points and goals with 103 points and 44 goals.


Athlete of the Week: Football’s Firkser Hauls In Two Touchdowns In Win

­Two minutes into last Friday night’s showdown between Harvard football and Georgetown, halfback Anthony Firkser lined up to the left of the offensive line.


Athlete of the Week Runners Up: Kebe, Football Defensive Backs

​While freshman standout Bente van Vlijmen earned Athlete of the Week honors for her three-goal weekend performance on the field hockey pitch, other Crimson athletes had solid games of their own.

Field Hockey

Field Hockey Freshman Bente van Vlijmen Nets Three of Five Weekend Scores

Freshman forward Bente van Vlijmen had a stellar weekend, scoring three of Harvard’s five goals to lead the group over Yale by a 2-0 score and No. 19 Maine by a 3-1 count.

Courtney on the Run
Track and Cross Country

Courtney on the Run

While Yale competitors took 2nd through 7th place at the HYP 5K, it was junior Courtney Smith who took the top spot.

Courtney on the Run
Track and Cross Country

Athlete of the Week: Courtney Smith Bests All Competitors in HYP 5K

Competing Saturday in the annual meet, junior Courtney Smith claimed the individual women’s 5K title with a time of 19:07.8. Smith continued her offseason momentum into the collegiate cross country season, edging out two close Yale runners—Frances Schmiede and Emily Waligurski—with times of 19:08.6 and 19:08.9, respectively.

Field Hockey

Athlete of the Week: Balleza Leads Field Hockey to Victory With Overtime Goal

Last week’s nail-biter against University of the Pacific was yet another moment in Balleza’s long history of stealing a win for Harvard. The forward notched both of Harvard’s goals off of a team leading five shots in the double overtime contest.

Still Going Strong
Women's Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Purce Nets Four in Three Games

With 34 goals now to her name, Purce is only three away from tying Naomi Miller ’98 and Emily Stauffer ’99 for third on the all-time Crimson scoring list.

Cheeky Performance
Men's Lacrosse

Athlete of the Week: Cheek Nets Nine Goals in Victory Over No. 2/2 Brown

Sophomore attackman Morgan Cheek lit up then-No. 2/2 Brown, which boasted a defense allowing less than nine goals-per-game, for nine scores and 10 points to lead Harvard to victory. It was only the second time that the Crimson defeated a No. 2 ranked team since coach Chris Wojcik ’96 joined the program in 2011.

Women's Water Polo

Athlete of the Week: Hong and Kendrix Carry Offensive Attack

At the recent CWPA Championships held at Blodgett Pool, both a rookie and an outgoing senior led the Harvard women’s water polo team to a sixth-place finish, stepping up for the team in the wake of a rash of injuries that left several other key players out of the pool.