The Year of Contenders, Not Titles

Twelve Defining Moments in Sports

MAY 4, 1992

The Harvard women's tennis team knew it's luckcouldn't last.

Freshman tennis sensation Erika deLone--far andaway the best female tennis player ever to comethrough Harvard--announced in a team meeting herintentions to leave the College and pursue aprofessional tennis career.

DeLone, who was ranked as high as 95th in theworld last year, made her announcement just as theteam was about to select captains for the 1992-93squad.

"I have decided to do this because it has beendifficult to juggle college tennis, professionaltennis and academics," deLone told The Crimson thenext day.


DeLone's 32-4 singles record was instrumentalin Harvard's Ivy championship season.

"She brought a great team spirit to thisgroup," said Coach Gordon Graham. "I'm one of herbiggest fans.

MAY 17, 1992

The Harvard women's lacrosse team was rankedfirst in the nation since the second week of itsseason.

But it will be forever known as second bestafter star attacker Liz Berkery missed a toughpenalty shot and a chance to tie the game with sixseconds remaining in overtime against Maryland inthe NCAA finals.

The Terrapins escaped with the win, 11-10.

While the Crimson might have been moretalented, the Terps were hungrier. Marylandfinished second in the tournament in both 1990 and1991, and refused to be the bridesmaid for thethird year in a row.

Harvard led, 9-6, with seven minutes to play.

But Maryland fought back and scored the tyinggoal with 52 seconds remaining in regulation.

In overtime, Maryland senior Leigh Frendbergflipped the ball past Harvard senior Sarah Learywith 1:15 remaining for the winning tally.

"We never gave up once," said Marylandsophomore Betsy Elder. "We knew we could do it."

1.0Ted G. Rose and Ishani L. Maitracontributed to this article.