Athlete Of The Week
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By beating his Big Green opponent, Andy Zhou capped off an impressive season on a high note, finishing with a team-best 17-11 record.
This weekend, in a pair of matches against Princeton and NJIT, Harvard experienced what were likely the biggest stages of the year. In both contests, Clemens—who played every second of every point—led decisive sequences that erased deficits.
As Harvard softball begins its Ivy League slate, the team finds itself jostling for position within the league, tied with four other teams with a 2-2 record. One factor in the Crimson’s potential rise to the top of the league will be continued dominance on the mound by junior righthander Taylor Cabe.
This past weekend at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C., Thomas set three new Ivy records, the most notable being a then-NCAA best time of 23.18 seconds in the 200-meter dash—good enough to automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Despite the team finishing the trip with only three victories out of eight contests, junior pitcher Nick Gruener shone for the Crimson. He recorded 11 total strikeouts over his two outings, with seven against Florida and four against Army.