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With just 60 ticks left on the game clock, perfection was on the line.
In a season that saw the Harvard men’s ice hockey team return to national prominence, the Crimson offense tallied 3.27 goals per game, the highest mark in the ECAC. In addition to having an eye for the back of the net, Harvard’s five highest-scoring forwards all shared another thing in common: They all played junior hockey prior to arriving in Cambridge.
For some athletes, collegiate competition is not enough. Freshman sabre fencer Eli Dershwitz came to Harvard with the full knowledge that he would be taking a break from the team after his freshman season.
On the ice at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, over 1,100 miles from home, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team had the program’s first NCAA title within reach. But 60 minutes of play later, that same ice was cleared smooth once again, and the Crimson watched another team, hometown favorite Minnesota, hoist the trophy in victory.
During their offseasons, most athletes are able to take a step back and limit their frequent treks across the river, to the Malkin Athletic Center, or to the boathouse. But that is not the case for freshman Candida Janachowski and senior Matt Brown.
After battling back from a traumatic head injury, Josephine Pucci made the U.S. women's ice hockey team and captured silver in Sochi. But upon her return to Harvard, the decision to play a final season was not an easy one.
Former Harvard pitcher Brent Suter '12 was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2012 draft.
Former Harvard hockey star Alexander Killorn '12 has established himself as an important member of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
Former Crimson football player Kyle Juszczyk '13 has established himself in the NFL, playing fullback for the Baltimore Ravens.
Crimson offensive linemen Nick Easton will be fighting to make an NFL roster after signing to the Baltimore Raven's practice squad.
According to Harvard coach Tim Murphy, a large contingent of the football team is able to stay close to Cambridge and train while completing classes or internships.
Rookie Elianna Shwayder is among the athletes who plans on staying on campus, completing organic chemistry while training for cross country.
Staying on the Harvard campus affords athletes the opportunity to pursue normally restricted academic endeavors while training in the Crimson facilities.
Harvard Quasar, the women's ultimate frisbee team, has experienced success over the last few seasons.