TWp Whiteboard: Harvard Starts Strong, St. Francis Stumbles, Big Margins for Top Squads

Whittier Men’s Player

Week one of the men’s varsity intercollegiate season has ended with a few interesting stories from the tournaments that opened the 2014 campaign.

  • Harvard began its season on a high note at the Princeton Invitational with two wins over CWPA foes Bucknell and GW, and one against Diablo Valley, a community college from San Francisco’s East Bay. Only one senior sits on Harvard’s young roster dominated by Californians. The Crimson ended 2013 with an 11-1 conference record but lost to Princeton in the first round of CWPA Championships. They’ll match up against Santa Clara, UC Irvine, and Connecticut College at the Bruno Invitational.
  • Defending CWPA champion St. Francis is off to a sluggish start. The Terriers went 0-2 at Princeton losing to the hosts and George Washington, and also falling in an unofficial matchup with Diablo Valley. The 2013 Terriers had unexpected losses to Harvard, Concordia, and Cal Baptist amongst others before tearing through the CWPA’s championship tournaments to earn a spot in the NCAA title tournament. St. Francis can reverse its fortunes versus Cal Baptist, Santa Clara and UC Irvine at next weekend’s Bruno Invitational.
  • Chapman is undefeated and scored the most interesting win of the Whittier Open defeating Orange County rivals and 15th ranked Concordia, 12-11 in overtime. Whittier ended the tournament by nearly taking down Pepperdine in a 9-8 thriller.
  • While those surprises were taking place, “Big Four” members Cal, UCLA, and USC battered their way to 4-0 starts with average margins of victory of 11, 18, and 16 goals at the Triton Invitational. None of the three faced one another in the two-day event.