Chuck Katis pulled out our Athlete of the Week honors with his breaststroke endeavors at the Georgia Invitational this weekend, but several other Crimson athletes also turned in sterling performances this week. Your Athlete of the Week runners-up are…
VICTORIA LIPPERT, Women’s basketball
Lippert commanded the Harvard offense in back-to-back 21 point performances. The Lowell senior led the Crimson to a 63-44 win over New Hampshire on Friday before scoring six points in extra time for a 70-67 OT edging of Hofstra. Lippert now has thirteen career 20-plus point performances.
WES SAUNDERS and JONAH TRAVIS, Men’s basketball
Saunders found his way to the line in Harvard’s 73-64 win over Fordham. The 6'5'' sophomore sunk 13-of-18 free throws to lead the Crimson with 17 points. Classmate Jonah Travis grabbed 12 rebounds and recorded 16 points of his own to record his second collegiate double-double.
LAURA BELLAMY and friends, Women’s hockey
Bellamy and her fellow net-minders did not have to dig the puck out of the net once this weekend, as the ECAC’s stingiest defense shut down its opponents. Bellamy stopped 26 shots in a 6-0 rout of Dartmouth on Friday. On Saturday, the Harvard defense left little work for freshmen goalies Emerance Maschmeyer (who shared AOTW honors with Bellamy in November) and Molly Tissenbaum. The net-minding duo had to stop only 11 shots in a 4-0 shutout of the Russian national team. The Crimson has allowed only six goals in nine games this season and leads the ECAC in goals against average.