26 Ryan Alden
26 - Ryan Alden
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Niskayuna, N.Y.
High School: Niskayuna
Position: Defenseman

2011 (Freshman):
Appeared in eight games, collecting five ground balls ... Caused two turnovers and collected two ground balls against Canisius (Feb. 26) ... Picked up a ground ball at No. 5 Hofstra (March 5) ... Scooped up two ground balls versus Holy Cross (March 15).

Before Harvard:
Four-time letterwinner in lacrosse and three-time letterwinner in football at Niskayuna High School … Two-time captain of lacrosse team and captained football squad as a senior … US Lacrosse All-American … Three-time NYS Suburban Council first team in lacrosse … Two-time member of Adirondack Empire State Games … Attended Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse camps in 2008-09 … Two-time team defensive most valuable player … Selected for US Lacrosse High School Senior Showcase in Orlando in July 2010 … Four-time NYS Scholar-Athlete … US Lacrosse Scholastic All-American in 2010 … Holds Niskayuna single-season ground ball record with 198 … NYS Class A Section II All-Purpose Player of the Year in football in 2009, playing quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back … NYS High School Football Association Class A Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 … National Football Foundation Capital District Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award recipient … NYS Suburban Council first team wide receiver in 2009 and second team defensive back in 20008 … Selected to NYS Section II Exceptional Senior Game … National All-Scholastic Football Team in 2010 … Scored 19 touchdowns as a senior …  National Merit Scholarship Commended Student … National Honor Society … National Merit Scholarship Commended Student … Earned Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences … AATSP National Spanish Exam Award.

Volunteered with the Michele Harland walk to raise funds for Leukemia research in 2008 … Active in religious activities at Grace Fellowship Church.