Athlete Of The Week

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.

Zhou Can Do
Men's Tennis

Athlete of the Week: Zhou Has Made a Habit of Winning Big Matches

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.

Senior Sendoff
Men's Volleyball

Athlete of the Week: Clemens' Performance Helps Extend Men's Volleyball's Season

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.

Complete Cabe

Athlete of the Week: Cabe Surrenders One Run Against Two Ivy Foes

​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.

Track and Cross Country

Athlete of the Week: Thomas Qualifies for 2016 Olympic Trials in 200-Meter Dash

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.