Setting out to build on its first winning season in six years, the Harvard women’s water polo team fought its way to its second straight winning season under the leadership of coach Ted Minnis and co-captains Devan Kennifer and Shannon Purcell.
While the rest of the Harvard student body spent late August migrating back to Cambridge and fighting off the floods and winds of Hurricane Irene, Crimson women’s hockey juniors Jillian Dempsey and Josephine Pucci were battling seven other countries as members of the United States Women’s National Hockey Team.
The Crimson (12-16, 2-5 CWPA) earned third place at the first-ever Ivy Championship and finished the year with a fifth-place finish at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championship.
Although the Harvard men’s volleyball team began the season with a string of victories and earned retribution for some of last year’s losses, the Crimson (9-13, 1-7 EIVA Hay) struggled in league play in the latter stretch of its season, earning its only league victory against NJIT in the last game of the season.
As research increasingly shows that brain trauma has significant neurological implications—and can even induce severe depression—Chris Nowinski '00 has helped the public and professional athletes understand the serious risks posed by damaging blows to the head.