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10-13-2003, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by ttnorm
It's still very early, but it's not too hard to make a case for Harvard. In some ways they are like 0203 Cornell. They are going to be an excellent defensive team with led by Welsh and Grumet-Morris two of the elite players at their positions in the country. All top 6 of their defense are back plus they add Freshman Reese who is well regarded. Grumet-Morris should have been 2nd team ECAC behind LeNeveu last year and was only beaten by Danis' reputation. They also bring back alot of points from their forwards but frankly, that group has the most to prove against the top national teams as they had trouble scoring in most big games last year.

It is not unreasonable to discount the Crimson until they show it on the ice, but this is a very talented and experienced team at all positions and I think the whole could be better than the sum of the parts. Other teams have better shots at the national title - Minnesota, BC, and Michigan come to mind, but if Harvard gets the chemistry to fire on all cylinders, they will be very tough for even the top teams to handle.
Agreed. Welch and Smith are two solid blueliners whom IMHO rank among the best blueline tandems in the nation.

People are questioning Harvard's offence because of the fact that they no longer have Dominick Moore and Brett Nowak. Yet, I think those same people are forgetting that Tim Pettit had a heckuva season last year as well. Plus, they return Tyler Kolarik and Tom Cavanagh among other excellent forwards, who should be able to pickup the scoring slack left by Moore and Nowak.

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