Year In Sports 2015
Following graduation, Harvard students disperse into the world on a diverse range of paths. Many pursue full-time employment. Some immediately enroll in graduate school. Others travel abroad. However, a select few follow their dreams of becoming professional athletes.
After a breakout sophomore season where he recorded 936 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground, junior running back Paul Stanton continued to impress, rushing for 990 yards and 11 scores in 2014.
Junior men's ice hockey forward Jimmy Vesey notched 32 goals to top all Division I scorers, leading him to a stage inside Northeastern’s Matthews Arena as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award at season’s end.
Every four-year athlete Murphy has recruited has won an Ancient Eight title. While team success may seem as consistent as a Cambridge winter, Murphy reached new heights in 2014.
If the life of Amanda Sobhy appears to be hectic, that is because it is. But with a packed schedule has come impressive results.
Now in his 11th season of coaching the Harvard women’s golf team and his third season with the men's team, Kevin Rhoads has accomplished far more with both programs than his predecessors.
After being away from the program for last season to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, Russia, Harvard women’s ice hockey coach Katey Stone returned to the Crimson for her 20th season and continued her success as the head of the program.
During their offseasons, most athletes are able to take a step back and limit their frequent treks across the river, to the Malkin Athletic Center, or to the boathouse. But that is not the case for freshman Candida Janachowski and senior Matt Brown.
On the ice at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, over 1,100 miles from home, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team had the program’s first NCAA title within reach. But 60 minutes of play later, that same ice was cleared smooth once again, and the Crimson watched another team, hometown favorite Minnesota, hoist the trophy in victory.
In her inaugural season on the women’s ice hockey team, freshman Lexie Laing took the team by storm. As one of the six freshmen to be added to this year’s squad, the 5’6” Marblehead, Mass., native was thrown into the mix of Olympians and experienced players early in the season and never looked back.
During the 2012-2013 season, Blackwell sustained two major concussions within a span of four months. Returning in 2015, Blackwell scored five goals in seven games during the ECAC tournament.
Senior wing Wesley Saunders averaged 16.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game this season, capping his career with a 26-point performance against North Carolina in the NCAA tournament.