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Tweets of the Week

Published by Eamon J. McLoughlin on November 13, 2017 at 5:44PM

Here's all the best from your favorite Harvard athletes this past week:

6. “Congrats to Eli Dershwitz for winning gold for the U.S. at the Senior World Cup in Algeria this weekend! #GoCrimson” - Harvard Fencing (@goHFTweet)

And I thought my trip into Boston over the weekend was a journey to a faraway land. Oh well. Congrats Eli!

5. “Walked through some ruins in Pompeii followed by a hike up a volcano at Mt. Vesuvius. Just arrived in Rome.” - Marc Mangiacotti, Men’s Track and Field Coach (@MarcMangiacotti)

You know what they say Marc, when in Rome, walk through some ruins or hike up a volcano or something.

4. “Don’t worry, do what you’re suppose to do and all will fall into place” - Rio Haskett, Men’s Basketball (@MohTG_)

As finals loom on the horizon, I think we could all take a page from Rio’s book and try to calm down.

3. “A woman at the train station thought I was 19. Am I at that age yet where I should be happy that I look younger?" - Amanda Sobhy, Women’s Squash Alum (@itssobhytime)

That’s a good question, Amanda. A better one might be why was a random woman at the train station trying to guess your age?

2. “Imagine if all unhealthy food was healthy and vice versa. So eating right would be pizza, gummies, ice cream and fries. And a cheat meal would be...kale lol #ifonly #maybeinheaven #rehabthoughts” - Jeremy Lin, Men’s Basketball Alum (@JLin7)

A true jack of all trades. He doesn’t just hoop, he obviously still thinks deeply about the big issues in his free time. Thanks for this Jeremy, it really got the cranium cranking.

1. “I want stroke me as my walkup song but I don't think that will go over well” - Elizabeth Shively, Softball (@LizAShively)

Why would that not go over well, Elizabeth? I can’t see anything wrong with that plan whatsoever.

Grabbing the Gold: Star Fencer Eli Dershwitz Finds International Success Representing Team USA

Published by Leon K. Yang on November 13, 2017 at 10:14AM

Junior Eli Dershwitz, in the midst of an impressive career of fencing at Harvard, is also an established prominent figure on the international stage. No stranger to world competitions, the Sherborn, Mass. native recently set out overseas searching for more glory.

Dershwitz competed in the Senior World Cup Algeria from Nov. 3-5, where, out of 132 fencers, he captured a gold medal in the sabre category for the United States. The medal was his second career gold on the world circuit.

The result propelled him to a sensational ranking of 10th in the world by the International Fencing Federation. In addition, Dershwitz is the youngest of the top 25 sabre fencers in the world.

In the three-day competition held in Algiers, Algeria, Dershwitz beat Russia’s Veniamin Reshetnikov in the semifinals, 15-14, and Italy’s Enrico Berre, 15-9, in the finals.

Dershwitz’s impressive line of achievements stretch well before his time at Harvard. In 2012, he won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships. In 2013, Dershwitz won gold at the Sosnoweic Junior World Cup. In 2014, he contributed to winning a bronze medal for the United States at the Junior World Championships and won the gold medal at the Budapest Junior World Cup.

In 2015, Derschwitz captured the gold at the Junior World Championships and followed up with a gold medal at the National Division I Championships. In 2016, he was named to the U.S. Olympic Team a finished 19th at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. He became the seventh fencer in Crimson history to compete in the Olympics; at the age of 20, he was the youngest on the American team. In March of that year, he won his first grand prix medal.

In 2017, Dershwitz competed at the World Cup in Madrid, where he won a silver medal; this was his first individual medal on the world stage.

Dershwitz’s career at Harvard has been equally illustrious. As co-captain of the fencing team, he has already acquired first team All-Ivy and All-American honors in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. In his freshman year, he finished with an 84-14 record, including an impressive 15-0 performance at the Ivy League Round Robbins, leading to the Crimson’s Ivy League Title victory. At the NCAA Championships, he finished third.

In his sophomore year, Dershwitz finished with a 69-10 record in the regular season and became the Men’s Sabre Ivy League Champion. He earned a gold medal at the NCAA Regionals Championship, which qualified him for the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Dershwitz bested his previous year’s performance, becoming the NCAA Champion in men’s sabre, becoming the first individual to win a title for Harvard since 2007.

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 4

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 11, 2017 at 6:44PM
From Way Down Town

Junior guard Corey Johnson leads all Harvard upperclassmen in minutes.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 4 is Vermont.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

No. 8: Wofford

No. 7: Northeastern

No. 6: George Washington

No. 5: Boston University

Vermont

2017-2018 Matchup: Tuesday, January 2 at Lavietes Pavilion (7:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 29-6 overall, 16-0 America East Conference

2016-2017 Matchup: Vermont, 82, Harvard, 71

Head Coach: John Becker (7th season)

Key Returning Players: sophomore forward Anthony Lamb (was the team’s leading scorer as a freshman and provides length along the perimeter, also averaged 5.5 rebounds a season ago); redshirt senior forward Payton Henson (averaged 11.5 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds, will have to step up in an undersized Vermont frontcourt); senior guard Trae Bell-Haynes (the team’s quarterback on both ends of the floor, a lot of big game experience, on a list by Jay Bilas, along with Lamb, as one of the nation’s most underrated players)

Stat to Watch: 84: the number of days in between losses by the Catamounts a season ago; Vermont lost to Butler in December before reeling off 21 straight victories

Overview: Vermont caught the eyes of the nation a season ago after its 21-game winning streak. The Catamounts have a chance to be even better this season as John Becker returns his four top scorers from a season ago. This team is one of the nation’s top mid-majors and is facing a challenging nonconference schedule that includes Kentucky, Marquette, and Yale. Its matchup with the Crimson may be the best between two New England teams this season.




—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 3

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 11, 2017 at 6:35PM
Zach Attack

Senior guard Zach Yoshor is one of just three Crimson players who has been on a team that has made the NCAA Tournament.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 3 is St. Mary’s.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

No. 8: Wofford

No. 7: Northeastern

No. 6: George Washington

No. 5: Boston University

No. 4: Vermont

Saint Mary’s

2017-2018 Matchup: Thursday, November 23 at Titan Gym, Fullerton, Calif. (4:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 29-5 overall, 16-2 West Coast Conference

2016-2017 Matchup: N/A

Head Coach: Randy Bennett (17th season)

Key Returning Players: Sr. C Jock Landale (arguably the top big man that Harvard will face this season, averaged 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game a season ago, first team All-WCC and AP Honorable Mention); Sr. G Emmett Naar (two-year starter at point guard, averaged 5.6 assists per game, team’s top returner in minutes and assists); Sr. F Calvin Hermanson (43 percent three-point shooter, averaged 13.1 points per game a season ago)

Stat to Watch: 14.5: The Gaels outscored their opponents by an average of 14.5 points per game last season.

Overview: St. Mary’s has been one of the most successful and consistent Division I programs over the last ten seasons. The Gaels have won 20 or more games each season in the last decade and should be a top mid-major program again this season. Landale is an All-American candidate and Emmett Naar will lead the backcourt. While this team isn’t particularly deep, it makes up for it in experience. Randy Bennett will likely start five upperclassmen, including Cullen Neal, a graduate transfer from Ole Miss who is a sniper from three-point range. Neal will bolster a sweet-shooting unit that was 39.4 percent from long range a season ago.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 5

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 09, 2017 at 7:09PM
Three Free Throws

Junior guard Tommy McCarthy heads into 2017-2018 as one of Harvard's most experienced backcourt players.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 5 is Boston University.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

No. 8: Wofford

No. 7: Northeastern

No. 6: George Washington

Boston University

2017-2018 Matchup: Thursday, December 21 at Lavietes Pavilion (7:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 18-14 overall, 12-6 Patriot League

2016-2017 Matchup: N/A

Head Coach: Joe Jones (7th season)

Key Returning Players: senior guard Cedric Hankerson (started 27 games a season ago and averaged nearly 29 minutes per contest, led the team in three-pointers and is its top returning scorer); sophomore forward Tyler Scanlon (started 22 games and averaged 8.1 points, will need to help replace Eric Fanning and Justin Alston, the team’s top scorers and rebounders from a season ago)

Stat to Watch: 1.9: the distance in miles from Case Gym to Lavietes Pavilion, the closest road game that the Terriers will play this season

Overview: Harvard coach Tommy Amaker is 8-3 in games against Joe Jones since arriving in Cambridge in 2007. While BU will need to replace key pieces from its frontcourt, the Terriers were picked to finish in the Patriot League. Hankerson and fellow senior guard Cheddi Mosely, who played in just 11 games last season, will pace the Terriers’ scoring attack.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

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