Sports Commencement 2016
On the Break
Nov. 7, 2015: In a 5-2 home win over Brown, Vesey scored twice, including on this shorthanded breakaway in the first period.
New Coach on the Block
Meanwhile, Paul Pearl has spent the last two seasons on the Harvard sideline.
Getting Better Together
Though the team's merit and relevance have been challenged in the past, its journey to the NCAA Tournament the past two years has cemented a place for Harvard Hockey on campus.
Nov. 1, 2015: Vesey opened the year with two goals and three assists in back-to-back wins over Dartmouth.
Four's a Crowd
May 9: After becoming Harvard's fourth Hobey Baker Award winner in program history, Vesey (second from the left) was honored alongside the Crimson's first three winners at a reception in Downtown Boston.
Jan. 15: With the Crimson facing a 1-0 third-period deficit against St. Lawrence, Vesey, shown in later action, scored three times in less than five minutes to give the Crimson a win and the senior his first career hat trick.
Over the course of the last few years, the team has come together on and off the ice to bring a stronger core of leadership to Harvard Hockey and establish a connection with the Harvard community.
Patrick McNally (8) was one of three key contributors to leave the Crimson in the fall of 2012 in the midst of the Gov. 1310 investigation.
Ted Donato gets animated during a 2013 Beanpot semifinal loss to Boston College.
Jimmy Vesey's double-overtime winner in Game 3 of the ECAC Quarterfinals against Yale launched Harvard on a path towards the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
March 12: Vesey's final career goal at the Bright Center pushed the Crimson's lead to 6-2 over RPI in Game 2 of the ECAC Quarterfinals, helping Harvard punch its ticket to Lake Placid.
On To The Final
March 18: Vesey celebrates after opening the scoring in the ECAC Semifinals against St. Lawrence in Lake Placid. He also assisted on Kyle Criscuolo's overtime winner.
Male Athlete of the Year: Jimmy Vesey
Men's hockey senior forward Jimmy Vesey was dubbed the top collegiate hockey player in the nation as the recipient of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award, capping a decorated career with the Crimson.
Feb. 20: With Harvard and Colgate even at four, Vesey set up Kyle Criscuolo for this game-winner with 2:47 left on Senior Night at the Bright Center.
Who to Trust?
Sophomore goaltender Merrick Madsen earned the start in Harvard's final 11 games of the 2015-2016 season.
Senior forward Kyle Criscuolo takes a shot on goal with classmate Jimmy Vesey (19) in the background. The co-captains were two of the biggest contributors to the rejuvenated success of the program.
Donato's Up and Down Ride
Harvard coach Ted Donato, seen behind the bench during a game against RPI, has overseen the ups and downs of the program during his 12-year tenure with Harvard.
Ted Donato (left) and Jimmy Vesey (right) speak during an emotional final press conference in Worcester after being eliminated by BC.
Down and Out
When Jimmy Vesey (19) was a freshman, Harvard won just 10 games, leading the media to take aim at Ted Donato's coaching performance.
Since being one of the Crimson's top recruits, Vesey has developed into the nation's best player, winning the Hobey Baker Award this season.
Male Breakout Athlete of the Year: Zena Edosomwan
After being one of the most sought after recruits in history for the Crimson, Edosomwan put up less than impressive numbers his first two years with the team, though he turned his game around this season and averaged 13.1 points a game.
Upset Game of the Year: Men's Lacrosse Defeats No. 2 Brown
By the time the rain had stopped on the damp Friday night showdown at Stevenson-Pincince Field, in Providence, R.I., it was Harvard who had emerged with a nailbiting, 13-12 victory.
Male Comeback Athlete of the Year: Patrick Steeves
Sitting out due to injury his first three years on the team, Steeves roared back senior year, becoming a leader on the court and averaged over 12 points and three rebounds a game.
Team of the Year: Women's Track and Field, a Crimson Dynasty
Under coach Jason Saretsky, the Harvard women's track and field has established itself as an Ivy League and national powerhouse, building an impressive reign over the top of the standings in the past five years.