Pictured: (left to right) Dartmouth head coach Christine
Vogt '94, Len Pocius, Eileen Pocius and Harvard head coach Jenny
Photo Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Prior to its Ivy League North Division showdown with Dartmouth Saturday afternoon, the Harvard softball team took a moment to recognize a former member of the Harvard softball program.
Becky Pocius, a catcher for the Crimson during the 1991 and ’92 seasons and teammate of current Dartmouth head coach Christine Vogt ’94, died in a car accident in 1992 between her sophomore and junior year. Pocius and Vogt shared catching duties for Harvard and helped the Crimson to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history.
Before Saturday’s doubleheader, Becky’s parents Len and Eileen were joined in the pitching circle by Vogt and Harvard head coach Jenny Allard as Len threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The softball program dedicated the scoreboard at Soldiers Field in Becky’s honor in 1994 and also named one of the team awards in her memory. The Becky Pocius Award is given annually to the player who embodies the qualities of a true team player – selflessness, diligence, positive attitude, love of the game encouragement of teammates and recognition of outstanding play in teammates and opponents.
Harvard will play for the Ivy League title and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament this weekend against Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y.