Soccer Centennial Celebration
Haverford will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first intercollegiate men's soccer game (in which Haverford defeated Harvard, 1-0) on Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23.
In addition to the weekend's games (women vs. vs. Gettysburg, 11 a.m. Saturday, Walton Field; men vs. Dickinson, 2 p.m. Saturday, Walton Field), there are some key events scheduled featuring prominent soccer players and journalists.
On Friday, October 22, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a Historical Panel on soccer in Zubrow Commons, Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center. Moderator will be Chris Lee '89, reporter for The Washington Post and former Haverford soccer team captain. Panelists will be Les Poolman, Director of Athletics, Dickinson College, and current Haverford parent; Prof. Alex Kitroeff, Department of History, Haverford College, and author of Wrestling with the Ancients; Jere Longman, sportswriter, The New York Times, and author of The Girls of Summer; and Franklin Foer, staff writer, The New Republic, and author of How Soccer Explains the World.
At 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium, Roberts Hall, there will be a Keynote Discussion on the future of American soccer featuring Alexi Lalas, who made the 1994 all-World Cup first team and now General Manager of the San Jose Earthquakes; and Shannon McMillan, NCAA Player of the Year (1995), twice a member of the USA Women's World Cup team and USA Olympic Team. Moderator for this discussion will be Dan Segal '90, leading soccer player representative.
Memorabilia commemorating 100 years of soccer history as well as 20 years of the varsity women's program will be on display in Ryan Gymnasium both days.
Men's Basketball Tours Portugal and Spain
The Haverford men’s basketball team spent the last days of summer break playing four games in Portugal and Spain and seeing some of the sights (Rock of Gibraltar, Plaza de San Francisco Cathedral, among many others). Joining the team were coach Mike Mucci and Ty Taylor, recruiter coordinator and assistant men’s basketball coach, and Curt Mauger, head athletic trainer.
In the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, the Fords played Club Estadio Universitario and came away with a 62-52 win. Senior forward Matt Stein scored 24 points in the effort.
In Huelva, Spain, the Fords were victorious again, this time against the 1a Divisional National team P.M.D. Aljaraque, by a score of 70-56.
In Malaga, Spain, the Fords fell to Club Baloncesto Axarquia, 104-89. Senior co-captain Mark Gabriel (27 points) shot 11-15 from the field and was perfect from the free-throw line.
In the trip’s final game, the Fords posted a loss against Club Salduba Marbella of Marbella, Spain, by a score of 87-77. Sophomore forward Raymond Brown was the Fords high scorer with 24 points.
As reported in Scoreline, at NCAA Division III colleges and universities, each sport is allowed to send a team abroad once in three years. While Haverford's athletic budget does not extend to these international trips, Haverford teams have been successful enough in raising funds and earning money to visit countries such as Argentina, Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, former Czechoslovakia, England, Italy (last basketball trip), Poland, and Scotland in the last two decades. Two possibilities for future trips if funding is successful are Australia (men’s lacrosse) and Bermuda (cricket).