PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard junior placekicker David Mothander (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) has been named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week in an announcement by the league office Monday morning.
Mothander provided critical points in the Crimson's 34-24 win over Yale with two field goals and all four of his PAT opportunities. Throughout most of the game when points were tough to come by, Mothander connected on a 23-yarder to open Harvard's scoring early in the second quarter. He put the Crimson ahead 6-3 at the 8:53 mark of the third quarter with a 37-yard boot that sailed through the uprights. From that point, the game kicked into a see-saw battle that made the first three of his four PATs critical before his final one gave Harvard a 10-point lead with 1:08 remaining.
Mothander set the school's single-season record for PATs with 52, surpassing his own record of 48 from a year ago. Just a junior, he already owns Harvard's career record with 134. He is also the school's record holder for points by a kicker with 197 (21 field goals, 134 PATs) and his touchdown run against Yale last year puts him at 203 total career points, 12 points shy of second place on Harvard's all-time list behind Charlie Brickley '15 (215) and Clifton Dawson '07 (398.)