Top Eastern Crews Collide as No. 4 Harvard Heavies Visit No. 3 Brown

Top Eastern Crews Collide as No. 4 Harvard Heavies Visit No. 3 Brown

The Stein Cup will be on the line when the Crimson and Bears race Saturday (photo courtesy David Silverman).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The No. 4 Harvard heavyweight crew visits third-ranked Brown Saturday evening in a battle for the Stein Cup and an early-season matchup of last year’s two fastest crews in the East. Racing gets underway at 5:10 p.m. on the Seekonk River.

Racing Schedule
5:10 p.m. – Fourth Varsity Eight 
5:30 p.m. – Third Varsity Eight
5:50 p.m. – Freshman Eight
6:10 p.m. – Second Varsity Eight
6:30 p.m. – Varsity Eight

Harvard Lineups
Varsity Eight
Cox: Kelly Evans, 8: Patrick Lapage, 7: Blake Pucsek, 6: Nick Jordan, 5: David Wakulich, 4: Sam O'Connor, 3: Michael DiSanto, 2: Anthony Locke, 1: Benjamin French

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Joseph Lin, 8: Phil Matthews, 7: Christopher Fuller, 6: Mark Fuller, 5: Spencer Livingston, 4: Ivan Posavec, 3: Connor Griffith, 2: Jack Morrissey, 1: Elihu Reynolds

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: Alex Sopko, 8: Kyle Gordon, 7: Alex Soutter, 6: Richard Anderson, 5: Karl Hirt, 4: Lukens Orthwein, 3: David Paresky, 2: Andrew Stein, 1: Andrew Hamm

Freshman Eight
Cox: David Fuller, 8: Peter Scholle, 7: Justin Mundt, 6: Parker Washburn, 5: James O'Connor, 4: Jason Phillips, 3: Eli Shikaloff, 2: Alex MacIntosh, 1: Josh Hicks

Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Colby Wikason, 8: Matthew Vincent, 7: Nolan Pollock, 6: Shaw McKean, 5: Tom Hanson, 4: William Polachek, 3: Mick Malowany, 2: Luke Phillips, 1: Chris Goldstein

Last Time Out
The Crimson got its spring season off to a strong start on a sunny Saturday morning on the Cayuga Lake Inlet. Harvard swept all five races from No. 11 Cornell. The Crimson won the varsity eight by more than four seconds, handing the Big Red its first dual loss since 2008. Harvard trailed in the opening stages of the race but rallied to a boat-length lead by the midway point and inched farther away from there.

Harvard vs. Brown in 2009
Harvard won three of five races in last season’s Stein Cup regatta on the Charles River. The Crimson varsity eight led by nearly a length at the 1,000-meter mark and held off a second-half surge from the Bears for a one-second victory. Harvard also won the freshman eight and varsity four races, while Brown took the second varsity eight and second freshman eight contests.

The Bears varsity got their revenge at Eastern Sprints, edging the Crimson by barely a second in the varsity eight race and topping the Crimson for the Rowe Cup as team champion. Brown and Harvard also held the top two spots in the freshman eight, with the Bears winning by less than six-tenths of a second. At the IRA National Championships, the Brown varsity finished about three seconds ahead of the Crimson to finish fourth, leading all Eastern entries. The Crimson freshmen, however, passed the Bears in their final sprint to take the silver medal.

Stein Cup History
Ownership of the Stein Cup has alternated in each of the last five seasons, with the home team winning each time, but the Crimson owns a 37-8 overall edge in the cup series. Harvard had won five straight dual meetings against Brown before the Bears’ half-second win in 2006 ended the Crimson’s streak of 24 straight dual wins overall.

Harvard won the first 19 races for the Stein Cup as well as the seven documented meetings between the schools before the introduction of the trophy in 1965. Four of those races occurred in the 19th century, beginning with an 1859 race on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.

Scouting the Bears
Brown (2-0) defeated the Yale first and second varsities in the Bears’ first head-to-head racing last weekend. The Bears varsity eight edged the Bulldogs by 1.8 seconds, while the second varsity won by open water. Yale won the day’s other three races.

Brown also picked up a dual win against Boston University by virtue of the Bears’ superior finish compared to the Terriers at the season-opening San Diego Crew Classic. The Brown varsity finished behind only California in the Copley Cup grand final, trailing the Golden Bears by about four seconds. The second varsity also finished second to Cal in the Sharp Cabrillo Cup grand final.