WOMEN’S GOLF TAKE SECOND CONSECUTIVE IVY CROWN
For the second consecutive season, the Harvard women’s golf team captured the Ivy League crown at the Ivy League Championships this past weekend (April 24-26). The Crimson, who just edged Yale by just two strokes, were led by junior Claire Sheldon, who finished in third place, followed by fourth-place finishers Christine Cho ’12 and Emily Balmert ’09. While Sheldon and Balmert were named to this year’s All-Ivy League team, and Cho was named to the All-Ivy League team as well as named Ivy Rookie of the Year.
As league champion, Harvard earns an automatic berth in to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship Regionals at Ohio State University (May 7-9), and will compete in the Central Region. The top eight teams and two individuals from the region will advance to the championship finals (May 10-22).
WOMEN’S TENNIS CLAIM IVY TITLE
With a 6-1 victory over Dartmouth on April 22, the No. 64 Harvard women’s tennis team claimed a share of this year’s Ivy League Championship with Princeton, finishing the season with a 13-8 (6-1 Ivy League) record. The Crimson, who now own 18 of the league’s 34 titles, complete the regular season with one of the largest turnarounds in program history. In 2008, the Crimson finished in seventh place with a 2-17 (2-5 Ivy League) record.
CRIMSON MEN’S LACROSSE DOWN YALE
On Saturday (April 25) the No. 19 Harvard Crimson men’s lacrosse team defeated the Yale Bulldogs, 13-8, in front of a Harvard Stadium crowd of 3,023 fans to advance to a 7-5 (2-3 Ivy League) record on the season. Freshman Jeff Cohen led the way for the Crimson, recording five goals in the win. Jason Duboe ’10 added two goals and three assists, while senior Joe Pike notched 11 saves in goal. The win guarantees the Crimson their first winning season since 2004, and their best home record (4-2) since 2005.
Cohen’s five-goal output — which comes a week after his six-goal performance against Holy Cross (April 18) — earned him Ivy Rookie of the Week honors for the second-straight week (and third time overall). Cohen now has five hat tricks this spring, and is fourth in league scoring, averaging 2.58 goals per game.
The Crimson’s regular season concludes on Saturday (May 2) at Dartmouth. A win against the 4-10 (1-4 Ivy League) Big Green would give Harvard their eighth win of the season, and best finish since 1998.
TWO CRIMSON FOOTBALL PLAYERS SIGN WITH NFL TEAMS
Just moments after the conclusion of Sunday’s (April 26) NFL Draft, senior quarterback Chris Pizzotti and defensive end Desmond Bryant ’09 of the Harvard football team were signed as undrafted free agents. Pizzotti, the 2008 Ivy League Asa Bushnell Cup Player of the Year, signed a three-year contract with the New York Jets, while Bryant, who was an All-Ivy League second-team selection, reached a deal with the Oakland Raiders.