Coach of the Year, Runner-Up: Tommy Amaker
Managing expectations is a skill in coaching just like any other, and Tommy Amaker did that expertly, calmly guiding his team to a program-best 13-1 conference record and another bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Beauty of FIFA
As I reflect on the last four years, I realize now that my greatest competitive battles at Harvard have come not at the MAC or in an Ec 10 lecture hall, but with my rear planted firmly on some species of futon and my hands wrapped around a small video remote.
The End of the Race: One Final Recap
So as I prepare to leave the Harvard bubble and enter the real world, I’ll take both the large and small memories with me. The late-night study sessions and the parties, the basketball games and the Sports Board meetings, and all of the hilarious, miserable, debaucherous, and unforgettable moments in between.
The Reason I Wrote
Often times, things turn out exactly as planned. But sometimes, the unexpected or, to paraphrase Vin Scully, the impossible happens. The hero becomes the goat, or the goat the hero; the heavily-favored defending champion allows 29 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and, inexplicably, loses.
Male Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Zachary Hodges
Junior defensive end Zachary Hodges continued to be a threat to opposing offenses from all over the Ivy League this season.
Male Breakout Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Paul Stanton
In a position of need, the Harvard football team turned to sophomore Paul Stanton, and the running back more than just stepped up.
Female Rookie of the Year, Runner-Up: Anne Cheng
While you may never guess it from her outward behavior, Anne Cheng has the killer instincts and skills on the course that have enabled her to gain the respect of her teammates and competitors.
Game of the Year, Runner-Up: Football v. Princeton
On Oct. 26, the undefeated Harvard and Princeton football teams faced off in Cambridge, with the winner earning the driver’s seat in the race for an Ivy League championship. The showdown featured nearly a thousand yards of offense, close to 100 total points scored, and lasted just under four hours.
Game of the Year, Runner-Up: Women's Ice Hockey vs. Yale
Looking for a spot in the next round of the ECAC playoffs, the Harvard women's ice hockey team took to the ice against Yale for 241 minutes of game time that spanned three contests from Feb. 28 to March 2.
Male Breakout Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Jake Gambitsky
After back surgery in the August prior to his junior year, Jake Gambitsky returned to the Harvard men’s lacrosse team before the 2014 season as a better goaltender and a better leader.
Male Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Devin Dwyer
Sophomore Devin Dwyer of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team came into the 2014 campaign as the reigning All-New England Rookie of the Year. Despite the target on his back, the attackman only gotten better this season, despite teams focusing their defenses on stopping him.
Team of the Year, Runner-Up: Women's Ice Hockey
A team depleted by graduation, the Olympics, and health-related departures contended for the ECAC title and finished the season 23-7-4, just one win short of its 2012-2013 total.
Team of the Year, Runner-Up: Men's Squash
The Harvard men’s squash team executed a nearly flawless season: not only did the No. 1 Crimson (18-0, 7-0 Ivy) go undefeated in the regular season and go on to secure the national title with three 9-0 wins, but senior Ali Farag also captured the individual national crown.
Upset Game of the Year: Men's Lacrosse vs. Cornell
At halftime against Cornell, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team was tied, 6-6, with the then-No. 2 Big Red. But this was not just halftime for the game. This was the halftime for the season.
Female Breakout Player of the Year: Miye D'Oench
Heading into its 2013-2014 season, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team was already facing an uphill battle. The Crimson had graduated its leading scorer, Jillian Dempsey ’13, and had lost three other key players along with long-tenured coach, Katey Stone, to the Olympic roster.
Female Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Amanda Sobhy
For the third straight year, Amanda Sobhy cruised through the CSA Individual National Championships on her way to a Ramsay Cup victory. With the triumph, Sobhy became the first player in Harvard history to win the Ramsay Cup three times.
Comeback Player of the Year: Laura Ricciardone
Instead of staring down opposing teams’ batters from the mound, Laura Ricciardone was facing a much bigger challenge. Then a rising junior, she made the decision not to return to campus for the academic year in order to stay home and take care of her mother after she received a cancer diagnosis.
Male Rookie of the Year, Runner-Up: Dylan Murray
Dylan Murray already had a decorated squash career before he ever stepped onto a Harvard court. The five-time U.S. Junior National Champion and three-time Boy’s U19 U.S. National title-holder was also a 2013 WSF Men’s World Team Championship member.
Female Career Achievement Award: Peyton Johnson, Women's Soccer
Peyton’s tangible contributions to helping our team win games can be looked up in statistical archives and box scores, but what I think is even more worth mentioning are the intangibles that have made her a great leader in our program and in athletics in general at Harvard.
Female Rookie of the Year: Midge Purce
Naturally, Harvard coach Ray Leone hoped Midge Purce would make an immediate impact upon her arrival in Cambridge, as the Crimson looked to rebound from a fourth-place finish in the Ivy League in 2012. Purce, on the other hand, had only one expectation for herself and all of her teammates.
Female Player of the Year: Adrienne Jarocki
Freshman Adrienne Jarocki won the national title for women's sabré this year, the first time that crown has been won by a Harvard fencer. Jarocki’s NCAA individual trophy is also the first since outgoing senior Alexandra Kiefer won the women’s foil event three years ago.
Comeback Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Todd Preston
Harvard wrestling’s Todd Preston has seen no shortage of tough competition. The sophomore has matched up against some of the top wrestlers in the country in several tournaments. However, even with this experience under his belt, the toughest match of Preston’s career took place entirely off the mats.
Male Rookie of the Year: Eric Ronda
He may have been one of the youngest members of the Harvard men’s swimming and diving team but that didn’t stop freshman Eric Ronda from making a splash in his rookie year. In his inaugural season for the Crimson, Ronda quickly adjusted to the fast-paced tempo of collegiate swimming.
Male Career Achievement Award: Laurent Rivard, Men's Basketball
Harvard basketball fans have gotten very accustomed to the phrase “Three-pointer. Laurent Rivard” in Lavietes Pavilion over the past four years. But how could they not?
Female Breakout Player of the Year, Runner-Up: Xanni Brown
Among rugby's senior standouts was co-captain Xanni Brown, who spearheaded the Crimson’s offensive charge as the team’s leading scorer.
Male Individual Performance of the Year: Maksim Korolev at NCAA Championships
After finishing near the back of the pack in 2012, Harvard men's cross country co-captain Maksim Korolev made Ivy League history by finishing third at NCAAs.
Coach of the Year, Runner-Up: Chris Wojcik
Thanks to his ability to empathize with the players and his talent for recruiting, coach Chris Wojcik ’96 led the Harvard lacrosse program to new heights in the 2014 season.
Comeback Game of the Year: Brandon McLaughlin
When co-captain Brandon McLaughlin stepped onto the exhibition squash court at the CSA Team Championships, the Harvard men’s squash team only needed one more match to claim the national title.
Male Breakout Player of the Year: Steve Mondou-Missi
Junior forward Steve Moundou-Missi of the Harvard men's basketball team says he has always preferred to sit back and observe, to figure out where things are going.
Finding Something We Can Believe In
What would you put on your bucket list if you found out you only had a few months left to live? It’s a question people love to speculate about, but I don’t think you could possibly know the answer until you are actually faced with your own mortality.