2010-11 COOP Harvard Athlete of the Week
May 16, 2011
Harvard heavyweight crew captain Anthony Locke and lightweight captain Will Newell have been selected as the COOP Athletes of the Week for May 16, 2011, representing their teams, which each captured varsity, team and Ivy championships at Eastern Sprints. Harvard won both lightweight and heavyweight varsity gold for the 13th time. Only four other schools have accomplished that feat, once each. The Crimson won six grand finals on the day, including five of the six divisions that count toward the team competitions. The winners were: the heavyweight and lightweight varsity eights, heavyweight and lightweight second varsity eights, heavyweight freshman eight and heavyweight fourth varsity eight. The heavyweight crew, anchored by Locke, sat atop the team standings Sunday evening with 41 points, seven more than Ancient Eight foe Princeton. The lightweight crew, led by Newell, took the title with 33 points, two ahead of rival Yale.
May 9, 2011
After providing the Crimson with a win, a save and 17 strikeouts and propelling it to the Ivy League crown, Rachel Brown has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for May 9, 2011. In Game 1 of the Ivy League Softball Championship Series Brown tallied 12 strikeouts while only allowing three hits in complete game, 5-0, shutout of the Big Red. Brown tallied five of her strikeouts in the first two innings, taking down the side in the top of the second. Pitching in a relief role in Game 2 on Sunday, Brown faced 10 batters and struck out five, including three in the top of the sixth. The save gave the Crimson the its first Ivy League title since 2007 and the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. Brown, who currently holds a 21-6 record with two saves, has a 1.90 earned run average, while accruing 11.51 strikeouts per game. In 177 innings pitched, Brown has recorded 291 stikeouts.
May 2, 2011
For her role in leading the Harvard women's water polo team to a sixth-place finish at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championship, Devan Kennifer has been named COOP Athlete of the Week for May 2, 2011. Kennifer amassed seven goals, 11 steals and one assist over four games to earn first-team all-tournament honors and guide the Crimson to its best Eastern showing in six years. The junior scored twice and added an assist and a pair of steals in a 17-3 opening-round win over Gannon. Kennifer followed that effort later Saturday with one score and two takeaways against No. 13 Indiana, a 7-6 quarterfinal loss to the tournament host and eventual champion. On Sunday, the Monterey, Calif., native paced Harvard with three tallies and four steals in a 13-8 consolation-bracket victory over Bucknell. She scored a goal and led the team with three steals in an 11-8 loss to No. 20 Princeton in the fifth-place game.
Apr 25, 2011
After tallying six points on three goals and three assists at Princeton, Dean Gibbons has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 25, 2011. In a critical game for the Crimson to remain in contention to participate in the Ivy League tournament, Gibbons recorded a point on two-thirds of the Crimson’s goals in the 9-8 win over the Tigers. Gibbons got Harvard on the board with his first tally to cut the Tigers lead to 3-1. He opened the second quarter with his second goal to even the score at 3-3. Gibbons picked up his first assist on a Matt Hull buzz-beater at the half to give Harvard a 6-3 lead and then set up Jack Doyle and Kevin Vaughan in the third quarter for scores. Gibbons completed his own hat trick with 7:47 remaining in the contest. That goal would prove to be the game-winner, as the Tigers closed the gap to 9-8 with about four minutes left, but the Crimson held off the Tigers late charge. The win allows Harvard to control its own path to the Ivy League tournament as a win over Yale this weekend gives them a spot in the bracket.
Apr 18, 2011
Following a week in which she tallied seven goals and helped the Crimson secure two victories, Jennifer VanderMeulen has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 18, 2011. Visiting Holy Cross on Wednesday, VanderMeulen netted three goals, while dishing out two helpers in a 10-6 Crimson win. She followed that performance with four goals and one assist in a critical 9-8 win over No. 12 Princeton. VanderMeulen is currently riding a 26-game scoring streak through the first 26 games of her career. Between the two games she also secured three ground balls, caused two turnovers and won one draw control. The win over Princeton gives the Crimson a 4-1 conference mark, good for a tie for second with Dartmouth. Harvard and the Big Green sit just one game back of Penn for a share of the conference title.
Apr 11, 2011
After batting .471 in Ivy League games this week and driving in six runs in a twinbill against Cornell Sunday, Jeff Reynolds has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 11, 2011. Reynolds’ bat came alive Sunday, going 6-for-10 with four extra-base hits and six RBI in a doubleheader against the Big Red. In the first game, Reynolds gave Harvard an early 3-2 lead with a bases-clearing triple. He would add two doubles later in the game, an 11-8 Harvard victory. In game two, Reynolds blasted a three-run shot to go with a pair of singles, batting 3-for-5 in each contest. Reynolds is batting .326 this season with two home runs and 12 RBI for the Crimson.
Apr 4, 2011
Following a week in which she drove in nine runs to help the Crimson go 6-0 for the week, Kasey Lange has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for April 4, 2011. Lange began the week with a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI and two runs scored against Rhode Island in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. In the second game against URI, Lange crossed the plate three more times. On Saturday, Lange added another 2-for-4 game with a run and RBI against Penn. In Sunday’s doubleheader against Columbia, she had six RBI, while nailing a grand slam and hitting three doubles. For the week, Lange batted .529, slugged .882, had a .600 OBP with nine hits, nine RBI, three doubles, a homer and two steals as Harvard improved to 18-10 overall and 4-0 in Ivy League play.
Mar 28, 2011
Freshman Alexandra Kiefer has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for March 28, 2011, after capturing the NCAA Fencing Championship in the women’s foil event. Kiefer tallied 18 wins over the two-day round-robin portion of the event. She notched 103 recorded touches and a +42 scoring index to enter the medal round as the No. 2 seed. In her semifinal match, Kiefer earned a tough 15-12 victory over Evgeniya Kipicheva of St. John’s to advance to the Championship bout. In the final, Kiefer jumped out to a commanding 10-4 lead on Princeton’s Eve Levin and never looked backed. Kiefer would score the clinching touch with 14 seconds remaining on the clock and win the national championship, 15-7. This is the third individual fencing title for Harvard since the 2005 season.
Mar 21, 2011
After helping the Crimson to wins over Holy Cross and Brown by stopping a total of 25 shots, while only allowing 11 goals, Harry Krieger has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for March 21, 2011. On Tuesday, Krieger faced 16 Holy Cross’ shots and stopped 12 of them as the Crimson cruised to a 10-4 victory. Krieger did not allow a Crusaders goal over the final 44:55 of the game. In Harvard’s Ivy League opener Saturday, Krieger turned away 13-of-20 shots as Harvard downed Brown, 11-7. Krieger’s .694 save percentage in Harvard’s two victories last week pushed his season save percentage to .500 with a win percentage of .833, having started all six games of Harvard’s 5-1 start to the 2011 campaign.
Mar 14, 2011
Harvard earned three victories, while dropping only one game over the weekend at the UC Riverside tournament, led by senior co-captain Ellen Macadam who went 8-for-15 over the weekend, crossed the plate six times for the Crimson and drove in three more runs. For her efforts, Macadam has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for March 14, 2011. In the first two games of the tournament, Macadam scored a run in each as Harvard downed UC Riverside, 7-4, and St. Louis, 2-1. Macadam bat lit up in the third game as she went 3-for-4 with a triple, scored three runs, and stole home in Harvard’s 6-1 win over North Dakota. She repeated her 3-for-4 effort at the plate Sunday against St. Louis, driving in three runs, slamming a home run, and scoring another run. Through the first nine games of Harvard’s 6-3 start, Macadam in batting .515 and slugging .909 with three home runs and six RBI.
Mar 7, 2011
Following a weekend in which he recorded back-to-back double-doubles in two wins that helped Harvard secure a share of its first ever Ivy League title in men’s basketball, Brandyn Curry has been selected as COOP Athlete of the Week for March 7, 2011. During the Crimson’s 79-64 victory over Penn Friday, Curry contributed 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field, while going a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. But it was the 14 assists, a new career-high for Curry that stole the show. Curry followed Friday’s effort with another double-double Saturday in Harvard’s 79-67 win over Princeton to ensure a share of the program’s first Ancient Eight title. Curry dished out 10 more assists, while adding 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Curry finished the weekend with a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Feb 28, 2011
Senior Kate Mills captured the career high point swimmer at the Ivy League Championship, while also winning two events to earn COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Feb. 28. Mills compiled 330 points over four years at the Ivy Championship and was honored in a post-meet ceremony, garnering career high swimmer accolades. The award goes to the senior who scored the most point over her career at the event. She also contributed to the Crimson’s second-place finish at the event, winning two races. As an individual, Mills took home first in the 400-yard Individual Medley and was a member of the 800 freestyle relay team that captured first. She also placed second in the 200 butterfly and as a part of the 400 freestyle relay team, to go along with a third in the 200 IM.
Feb 22, 2011
Danny Biega registered seven points on three key goals and four assists in a 2-1-0 week for the Crimson to earn COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Feb. 21. He scored the game-winning goal to break a 3-3 tie in the third period Friday at Cornell and also logged two assists in the win. He also had three points, including the tying goal with 4:03 left to play, in Harvard’s 5-4 comeback win against No. 15 Boston University Monday at the Beanpot. Biega gave Harvard a first-period lead with his goal Saturday at Colgate. The tally moved him into ties for first place among ECAC defensemen in league goals (eight) and league points (19). Four of Biega’s seven points in the week came on the power play, and one came shorthanded.
Feb 14, 2011
Michael Raynis went 12-3, earned first-team All-Ivy League honors and clinched the Ivy League title for the Crimson, earning COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Feb. 14. With the Ivy League Championship tied at 13 against Yale, Raynis squared off against Peter Cohen. The matches was tied at four touches apiece with 16 seconds left when Raynis scored on Cohen to give Harvard the Ancient Eight title. Raynis was part of the Crimson’s epee squad that went 5-0 on the weekend. His personal 12-3 record over the weekend was the second best in the entire event.
Feb 7, 2011
After scoring 17 points and eight assists in back-to-back games against Princeton and Penn, Brogan Berry has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Feb. 7. Berry tallied her 17 points against the Tigers on 7-of-10 shooting, while dishing out eight helpers. She also grabbed four rebounds in the win that put Harvard atop the Ivy League standings by itself. Berry followed that performance with an identical 17-point, eight-assist game in Harvard’s double-overtime game against Penn. She went 4-of-7 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. Berry also snagged six boards and ensured Harvard would remain unbeaten in the Ivy League at 5-0. Berry leads the Crimson in points per game, averaging 14.4. Her 16 assists moved her into sixth place on Harvard’s all-time list. She is now 45 points shy of 1,000.
Jan 31, 2011
After sweeping the one- and three-meter boards, and helping the Crimson capture wins over Princeton and Yale at the HYP meet, sophomore Michael Stanton has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Jan. 31. Stanton helped Harvard jump out to an early lead as he won the three-meter competition with a score of 336.05. He would follow that with a dominant performance on the one-meter board, earning the victory and the sweep with a score of 305.8. Stanton’s wins helped the Crimson defeat Princeton and Yale to complete an undefeated regular season in the Ivy League. It is the first time since the 2007-08 season that Harvard finished the season 7-0 against Ancient Eight opponents.
Jan 24, 2011
Alexandra Kiefer went 15-0 in the foil, including a victory over 2008 Olympian and two-time national champion Doris Willette of Penn State, at the St. John's Super Cup to earn COOP Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 24. Kiefer, along with the other members of the Harvard foil squad, led the third-ranked Crimson to a 2-3 record Sunday, beating defending national champion No. 2 Penn State for the second time this season, 15-12, and the host No. 5 Red Storm, 16-11.
Jan 17, 2011
Walter Peppelman won all three of his matches, including a victory over the sixth ranked wrestler in the country, at the Lone Star Duals to earn COOP Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 17. Peppelman, No. 11 in the country at 157, tallied wins over wrestlers from Appalachian State, Stanford and Oklahoma. He won each match by bonus points, including a dominating 17-0 victory over Chase Nelson, the No. 6 wrestler in the country at 157 lbs. from Oklahoma. Peppelman leads the Crimson with 16 wins this season.
Jan 10, 2011
Michael Biega recorded a natural hat trick to rally the Harvard men’s hockey team from a two-goal deficit against Brown Friday night to earn COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Jan. 10, 2011. The Bears took a 2-0 lead eight minutes into the second period. Biega then scored the games next three goals, all in the second period. Just 32 seconds after Brown’s second goal, Biega blasted a one-timer over the Bears goalie’s shoulder to get the Crimson within one. Just 76 seconds later, Biega found the back of the net again on an Alex Killorn feed and tied the game at 2-2. Biega’s third goal came on the power play when he scored on a rebound from the bottom of the right circle. The hat trick was the second of his career. Biega also added an assist in Saturday’s game against No. 1 Yale and finished the weekend with a +1 rating. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 11 points and six goals.
Jan 3, 2011
Victoria Lippert scored a season-high 22 points on Thursday and followed that up with a 17-point performance on Sunday to earn COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Jan. 3, 2011. Lippert led all scorers in the Crimson’s loss to Dayton on Thursday. She also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists, a career-high, in the game. Harvard bounced back with a victory over Massachusetts on Sunday with Lippert dropping 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers. She also grabbed six boards, dished out two assists, tallied one steal and rejected one UMass shot. Lippert is currently second on the team with scoring at 13.5 points per game and third on the team in shooting percentage, converting 52.2 percent of her attempts. She leads the Crimson in 3-point percentage, making 45.2 percent of her attempts from behind the arc.
Dec 13, 2010
In a week in which he dropped 17 and 18 points in back-to-back Harvard wins, Christian Webster has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 13. In a 69-54 victory over WPI Tuesday, Webster netted 17 points, including 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Webster also contributed two rebounds, two steals and one assist in the Crimson’s win. Webster followed that performance by leading all Harvard scorers with 18 points in an 87-71 downing of local rival Boston University. He knocked down two3-pointers and went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. Webster also grabbed five boards, dished out three assists and secured a steal, helping the Crimson improve to 7-2 overall, and 5-0 at home this season.
Dec 6, 2010
After breaking two school records at the Georgia Invitational, Meghan Leddy has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Dec. 6. Leddy first broke the 100-yard backstroke record, posting a time of 55.18, eclipsing the previous school mark by .05. During the next day of competition, Leddy set the school mark in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.60, good for fourth overall at the meet. Leddy surpassed the school record in the event that she set last year by 1.81 seconds.
Nov 29, 2010
After a week in which he scored 24 and 19 points to help Harvard secure two victories, Keith Wright has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 29. In a midweek matchup at Bryant, Wright lit up the scorebook with 24 points, a career-high, and 10 boards. He also assisted on Christian Webster’s game-winning three-pointer over the Bulldogs. Wright followed that performance with 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks as the Crimson toppled Colorado on Sunday. The victory is the first for Harvard over a BCS opponent at home since Dec. 1, 2007, when Harvard beat Michigan. Wright already has two double-doubles this season and leads all Crimson scorers, averaging 17.2 points per game. Wright also leads Harvard in rebounds per game, tallying 8.8 per contest and blocks, swatting away 10 shots already this season.
Nov 22, 2010
After tying the Harvard single-game record for tackles in a game, Nick Hasselberg has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 22. Hasselberg, playing in his final game for the Crimson, recorded 10 tackles in each half to total 20 against archrival Yale and tie Isaiah Kacybenski ’00, who accomplished the feat twice in 1999 (Colgate, Fordham). One of Hasselberg’s most important tackles came on a Yale fourth-and-one from the Harvard 10. Hasselberg and teammate Alexander Norman broke through the offensive line to drop Yale running back Morecai Cargill for a one-yard loss and keep the score tied at 7-7. Hasselberg also added a quarterback hurry to his stat line from The Game. He finishes the season tied as team leader in tackles with Collin Zych. Both finished their senior seasons with 79. Hasselberg also had two sacks, five tackles for losses and three pass breakups on the season.
Nov 15, 2010
Following a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Northeast Regional Meet, Daniel Chenoweth has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 15. Chenoweth paced the Crimson runners with a time of 29:51.2 on the 10k course at Hammonasett Beach State Park. In a meet featuring 229 runners, Chenoweth finished just 14 seconds behind the meet winner and three seconds behind the second-place finisher. This marks the fourth time this season that Chenoweth has finished in the top three, including a win at the dual meet against Yale and a runner-up finish at the Heptagonal Championship. Chenoweth has also been selected as one of four runners from the Northeast region to compete in the NCAA Championships on Nov. 22 at Terre Haute, Ind. This will be the third time he competes at the NCAA Championships.
Nov 8, 2010
Kyle Richter earned his sixth career shutout Saturday against Renssalaer and has been selected COOP Athlete of the Week for Nov. 8. Richter stopped 52 of the 54 shots to come his way in the first two games of the season. The Crimson need each of his 19 saves in Saturday’s 1-0 shutout of No. 18 Rensselaer, a game that was tied at 0-0 for 59 minutes and 51 seconds. Richter was perhaps even better Friday, making 33 saves to hold No. 15 Union’s high-powered offense in check and giving Harvard a chance to win in an eventual 2-1 loss. One of his two goals against came from Union’s top-ranked power play. The big weekend gave Richter the early Division I lead in save percentage (.963) and goals-against average (.963).
Nov 1, 2010
Liza Ryabkina scored three goals in the first two games on the season for Harvard and has garnered COOP Athlete of the Week honors for Nov. 1. In the season-opening rivalry game against Yale, Ryabkina scored the Crimson’s second and third goals, both knotting the score. The game-tying-goal came with 14 seconds left in the third period on a blue line to blue line pass from Leanna Coskren where Ryabkina took it to the left point and fired in the equalizer. Midway through the second period Saturday, in Harvard's 4-2 win over Brown, Ryabkina one-timed a pass from Kaitlin Spurling to give the Crimson a 2-0 lead over the Bears. On the weekend, Ryabkina registered a +1 rating.
Oct 25, 2010
After a career rushing day against Princeton, Gino Gordon has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 25. Gordon rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 20 carries (10.2 ypc) in the Crimson’s 45-28 defeat of the Tigers. Gordon wasted no time tallying the yards as his first carry of the game went for 56. Gordon evened the score, 7-7, in the first quarter on a 26-yard touchdown scamper that capped a four-play, 94-yard Crimson scoring drive. Gordon would finish the first half with 134 yards on nine carries. Gordon also caught four balls for 30 yards in the game. His 234 all-purpose yards accounted for just over 40 percent of Harvard’s 583 total yards of offense in the game. The senior currently leads the Crimson with 711 rushing yards and is averaging an Ivy League best 7.8 yards per carry this season.
Oct 18, 2010
After a week in which he was recognized by US Sailing as the Sailor of the Week, Alan Palmer helped the Crimson capture the Captain Hurst Bowl, earning him COOP Athlete of the Week honors. Skippering all 14 races in the A division, Palmer’s led the Crimson to seven top-three finishes, totaling 80 points, tops in the division. Harvard won the 20-team intersectional regatta thanks to the consistent sailing and low scoring registered by Palmer and his boat mates, Ryan Byrne and Quincy Bock. The victory at the Captain Hurst Bowl is the third this fall in which Palmer has been sailing for Harvard.
Oct 11, 2010
After leading her team to two Ivy League victories this past week, Taylor Docter, of the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week. Docter propelled the Crimson to a come-from-behind win over Columbia Friday night, tallying a team-leading 17 kills, just one shy of her career high. She also added five clutch service aces and four digs to her stat line. Docter continued her solid play in Saturday’s home defeat of Cornell, leading Harvard with 13 kills. She also contributed two blocks and six digs in that match. Docter is currently the team leader in kills (122), kills per set (2.14), points (149.5), points per set (2.6) and service aces (18). She is also second on the team in digs, registering 111 this season.
Oct 4, 2010
Following a ninth-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday, Claire Richardson has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week for Oct. 4. In a field of 202 runners and 20 teams, six of which are currently nationally ranked by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Richardson raced to a ninth-place finish, helping Harvard secure sixth as a team. Richardson’s time of 20:27.5 was only 14 seconds behind the meet’s top finisher and six seconds back of a top-five finish. Of the eight runners finishing in front of Richardson, six are competitors from nationally ranked schools. This is Richardson’s second top-10 performance of the season after capturing second at the H-Y-P meet on September 24.
Sep 27, 2010
After a three goal and seven-point weekend, Melanie Baskind of the womens soccer team has been selected as the COOP Athlete of the Week and the Ivy League Player of the Week for Sept. 27. Though the Crimson fell 4-3 at Penn Friday, Baskind scored twice, the first goal put Harvard up, 2-1, and the second evened the score at three. In continuing her solid play, Baskind would strike again on Sunday against UMass redirecting a cross from Elizabeth Weisman into the back of the net. The goal would stand as the gamewinner for the Crimson who is currently 3-4-1. Baskind also tallied an assist on Katherine Sheeleighs goal that put Harvard up 1-0. Baskind currently leads the team with five goals this season and is second in points with 11, one behind Sheeleigh. She is also currently only one of three Crimson to start all eight games this season.
Sep 20, 2010
Katherine Sheeleigh netted the game-winning goal Friday to give the Crimson a victory over Rhode Island. The goal came just 38-seconds after URI had knotted the game at one. Sheeleigh dribbled the ball into URI territory and fired a shot that found the back of the net to swing the momentum back in Harvards favor. Due to Sheeleighs goal, Harvard went 1-1-0 this week. Sheeleigh, a senior co-captain, currently leads the team with six points this season, two assists and two goals, both of which were game-winners. She has started four games this season and also leads the team in shots taken with 23.
Sep 13, 2010
Mens water polo senior co-captain Bret Voith had a solid weekend in the pool at the Princeton Invitational, leading the Crimson to thrilling, 9-8, win over George Washington and near upsets of nationally-ranked Cal Baptist and Princeton. Voith totaled five goals, four assists and five steals in four games over the weekend, including three goals against No. 18 Princeton in the Tigers home pool Saturday night in a televised game. Voith tallied one goal, an assist and three takeaways in Harvards 9-8 win against George Washington Sunday afternoon to close out the tournament.
Sep 7, 2010
Rogers gave the 10th-ranked Harvard mens soccer team the lead for good in each of its two victories on the seasons opening weekend. His tie-breaking tally in the 80th minute of Saturdays opener against No. 13 Stanford secured a 2-1 win in head coach Carl Junots first game at the helm and sent the crowd of 3,221 fans home happy. Rogers helped Harvard take control in Mondays win at Massachusetts by scoring in the fourth minute of the second half to break another 1-1 tie.