While women's soccer junior Midge Purce took home the Athlete of the Week honors, three Harvard athletes finished still managed to stand out as runners-up for Athlete of the Week. The trio each contributed significantly over the weekend, helping their teams emerge victorious.
Kathleen Wallace, Women's Volleyball
The senior outside hitter racked up a total of 13 kills in Harvard’s match against Penn. Wallace’s performance guided the team to its second win in Ivy League play as the Crimson prevailed in straight sets, 3-0. The San Francisco, Calif. native also tallied four digs and four blocks in the contest, and she finished with a .370 hitting percentage.
In the first eight matches of her final year at Harvard, the senior is averaging career highs in kills per set, digs per set, as well as a career-high .251 hitting percentage. As women’s volleyball continues its conference play, Wallace figures to play an important role in the team’s quest to repeat as Ivy League champions.
Jake Freeman, Men's Soccer
In Harvard’s 3-1 victory over Yale on Saturday, it was senior forward Jake Freeman who netted the game-winning goal. With his 63rd minute score—a diving header past the Bulldog keeper—Freeman put the Crimson up for good to lead the team to its second win of the year.
The native of Melville, N.Y. has built on impressive freshman and junior-year campaigns and has already recorded six points in the team’s first eight games. Freeman has impressed in the spotlight, having scored in one of two draws against nationally-ranked opponents and having tallied the game-winner in each of the team’s wins.
Noah Reimers, Football
Reimers ran 15 times for a total of 64 yards on Friday in Harvard’s 45-0 shutout of Georgetown and ended up in the end zone after three of them. The freshman running back now leads the Ivy League with five rushing touchdowns. He is averaging 48.0 all-purpose yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry.
The rookie has seen the field in each of Harvard’s first three games of 2015, and he won Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks for his performances against Brown and Georgetown. With an impressive hurdle of a Georgetown defender on Friday, Reimers earned a spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.