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While each position may serve a unique purpose, if a different-colored jersey ends up with the ball at the end of the play, it’s a good sign for the defense. But there are, on every play, five players whose job will always be the exact opposite. They are the offensive linemen and, for Harvard football, they are a critical component of the team’s current 15-game winning streak.
As Harvard football enters 2015, it will rely on its defense once more as the program seeks its fourth Ancient Eight title in five years.
The continuity is staggering: seven of the eight leading receivers from last year return and the Crimson bring back the players responsible for 79 percent of its rushing yards.
When opponents look across the ball and see Crimson helmets staring back, a new level of intensity emerges. It is no understatement to say that, for nearly every team in the Ivy League, Harvard is the game circled in red on the schedule.
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.