Kessler Shines on International Stage

Published by Kate Leist on January 12, 2010 at 11:07PM

Senior goalie Christina Kessler of the Harvard women’s hockey team took another tour on the international circuit last week, backstopping the Canadian U-22 squad to a gold medal at the MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany.

Kessler blanked Switzerland in a 9-0 win in the gold-medal game—the netminder’s fourth shutout with the U-22 team, tying a Canadian record.

The senior was the winner in net in both Canada’s 4-1 preliminary win over Switzerland and a 4-3 overtime nailbiter against Sweden—the defending MLP champions—in the semifinals.

It was the third international appearance for the goaltender, who was part of Canada’s silver-medal squad at the MLP Cup last year and also played in a 2008 series against the American U-22 team.

Though Kessler’s trip overseas yielded a great deal of success, her Crimson teammates stumbled in her absence. Harvard tied Princeton, 3-3, on Friday before losing to Quinnipiac, 1-0, on Saturday despite holding a 22-shot advantage in the contest.

Rookie Laura Bellamy got her first two starts in net for the Crimson, recording a combined 21 saves over the weekend.

Harvard slipped to No. 6 in the national polls this morning, but the team has a chance to rebound against Cornell, which slipped out of the rankings today for the first time since early November, at home on Friday.


Recruiting Spotlight: James Moore

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on January 09, 2010 at 10:10PM

I took the opportunity tonight to watch Harvard men’s basketball recruit (committed to the future class of 2014) James Moore, a senior at Jesuit High (Calif.), as his Marauders took on the Kennedy Cougars at his home gym.

Moore’s coach Greg Harcos had heavily praised the 6′8 forward’s ability to shoot the three ball when Moore announced his commitment to Harvard in early December, and he did not disappoint tonight. Launching the ball with a high, smooth release, Moore knocked down a pair of three pointers on consecutive possessions in the game’s opening minutes. The second and third quarter each found Moore hitting a clean triple, the latter coming off an immediate catch-and-shoot. Moore’s only missed three-pointer was his last attempt, a transition three in the third quarter.

The tallest player on either team, Moore was not very quick in transition or closing out on shooters, but he took advantage of his size to tip multiple jump shots on defense. His main role on offense was as a perimeter player. Moore was unsuccessful on his two inside shots in the first half and did not look comfortable attacking the basket. In the third quarter, he did receive the ball in the post and spin for a layup, adding on the free throw. Overall, Moore spent much more time on the wing than in the post, and his style is not particularly physical.

Moore needs to add weight to his relatively thin frame, and he does not use his body as much as simply relying on his height and long arms to grab rebounds. Though neither Moore nor the Harvard coaching staff has commented on his future role, his skill set appear similar to that of current freshman Jeff Georgatos, who was also touted as a sharpshooter coming out of high school. However, Georgatos has seen limited minutes so far this season for the Crimson.


Previewing Men's Hoops at Georgetown

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on December 22, 2009 at 10:10PM

The Crimson travels to the nation’s capital to take on the No. 13 Hoyas at noon (EST) Wednesday at the Verizon Center.

An excellent Georgetown men’s basketball blog, Casual Hoya, interviews an expert on the opposing side before each game. The victim this time is The Crimson’s own Martin Kessler. The proud Cambridge Rindge and Latin grad discusses recruiting, Jeremy Lin, and gives a shout out to Felipe’s too. Nice work, Martin!

Sleeping With The Enemy: Getting Into Harvard

The Sporting News also has a preview of tomorrow’s game.

Go Crimson preview


Three Alums Make US Olympic Team

Published by Kate Leist on December 20, 2009 at 10:10PM

With the Winter Olympics less than two months away, the US women’s hockey team is set, and three Harvard skaters will be making the trip to Vancouver.

Angela Ruggiero ’02-’04, Julie Chu ’06-’07, and Caitlin Cahow ’07-’08 are among the 21 players on the Olympic roster, which was released Thursday.

The Harvard alums have each been to at least one Games previously, with Ruggiero, a defenseman, a veteran of every American squad since women’s hockey became an Olympic sport in 1998.

Chu, a forward, made the team in 2002 and 2006, while Cahow, a defenseman, played for the US in 2006.

The Vancouver Games begin on Feb. 12 and the American team opens preliminary play on Feb. 14 against China. The US will enter the Olympics with a No. 1 world ranking, having won the last two world titles.

The Americans’ main rival in Vancouver will be Canada, the two-time defending Olympic champion. Jennifer Botterill ’01-’03 and Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-’09, both Olympic veterans, are competing for spots on the Canadian roster.

Ruggiero, Chu and Cahow will face off against the ECAC All-Star team—including Crimson skaters co-captain Cori Bassett, senior Anna McDonald, and junior Kate Buesser—in an exhibition game on Jan. 3 at Quinnipiac.