Harvard, Brown Heavyweights Meet Saturday for Stein Cup

Seniors Michael DiSanto and Sam O'Connor are seeking their first varsity win at Brown. Buy Now
Seniors Michael DiSanto and Sam O'Connor are seeking their first varsity win at Brown.

Two of the top Eastern men's heavyweight crews return from West Coast trips to face each other as Harvard races Brown for the Stein Cup Saturday morning on the Seekonk River in Providence, R.I. The Crimson and Bears have accounted for the last three Eastern Sprints varsity championships.

Racing Schedule
Second freshman eight – 8:05 a.m.
Third varsity eight – 8:25 a.m.
Second varsity eight – 8:45 a.m.
Varsity eight – 9:05 a.m.
Freshman eight – 9:25 a.m.
Fourth varsity eight – 9:25 a.m.

Watch From Home
Brown will be streaming live video here.

Harvard Boatings
Varsity Eight
Cox: David Fuller, 8: Patrick Lapage, 7: Michael DiSanto, 6: Sam O'Connor, 5: Parker Washburn, 4: Caspar Jopling, 3: Josh Hicks, 2: Andrew Holmes, 1: James O'Connor

Second Varsity Eight
Cox: Alex Sopko, 8: Peter Scholle, 7: Ben Lynton, 6: Matthew Edstein, 5: Nick Jordan, 4: Jake Sobstyl, 3: Elihu Reynolds, 2: Jack Morrissey, 1: Max Monfared

Third Varsity Eight
Cox: William Hakim, 8: Matthew Vincent, 7: Justin Mundt, 6: Jamie Law-Smith, 5: Nolan Pollock, 4: Alex Macintosh, 3: David Paresky, 2: Andrew Stein, 1: Andrew Hamm

Fourth Varsity Eight
Cox: Brittanie Maxwell, 8: Mihailo Malowany, 7: Eli Shikaloff 6: William Polachek, 5: Andrew Crown, 4: Nick Jaroszewicz, 3: Daniel Ranard, 2: Patrick Galvin, 1: Edward Winters Ronaldson

Freshman Eight
Cox: Jack Smith, 8: Charles Risbey, 7: James Medway, 6: Ed Rippon, 5: Andrew Emmett, 4: Josh Bernstein, 3: Max Meyer-Bosse, 2: Alexander Uruchurtu, 1: Lachlan Hanbury-Brown

Second Freshman Eight
Cox: Jessi Izhakoff, 8: Ryan Furey, 7: Owen Prunskis, 6: William Locke, 5: Daniel Hilhorst, 4: James Briggs, 3: Jan-Peter Bockstiegel, 2: Jack Freese, 1: Matt Weinstein

Last Time Out
Harvard (1-0) captured its eighth varsity title, its first since 1994, at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic last weekend on Mission Bay. The Crimson came from behind to finish 2.75 seconds ahead of runner-up California in Sunday's grand final and claim the Copley Cup. The second varsity placed second to Cal, making up an open-water deficit before the Golden Bears pulled away late, in the competition for the Sharp Cabrillo Cup. The third varsity, freshman and second freshman eights all won races at Cornell Saturday, while the varsity and second varsity earned wins against the Big Red in their San Diego heats Saturday.

Last Season
Harvard defeated Brown in all five races between the teams April 9, 2011 on the Charles River. The Crimson varsity eight won by 2.6 seconds to avenge its lone dual loss of 2010. Harvard's second varsity won by 11.5 seconds.

History Lesson
Ownership of the Stein Cup has alternated in each of the last seven seasons, with the home team winning each time, but the Crimson owns a 38-9 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 has defeated 14 dual opponents in a row since losing to the Bears in 2010.

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, Mass.

Scouting the Bears
While Harvard was racing in San Diego, Brown (0-2) was on the other end of the West Coast, racing Washington in Seattle. The Huskies topped the Bears in all five races, taking the varsity eight event by six seconds. A week earlier, Brown fell at Yale in three races, losing the varsity race by just 1.9 seconds.