CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's soccer team recently held its annual banquet, as the squad celebrated the 2014 season. The Crimson posted its eighth straight winning season, going 11-5-2 overall, and its second consecutive Ivy League championship, while owning a 5-1-1 conference mark.
With the team, coaches and members of the administration in attendance, head coach Ray Leone announced the recipients of the Crimson's three major awards.
Brooke Dickens was presented with the Leslie Gray Poole '83 Memorial Award, given annually to the most improved player on the Harvard women's soccer team. The junior made 11 starts in 2014, playing in 14 games. A skilled and determined defender, Dickens recorded two goals this season for Harvard, including the game-winner against New Hampshire early in the year.
Leone also handed out the Seamus Malin '62 Award, given annually to the player who has, through love of the game and commitment to Harvard, demonstrated the values shown by Seamus Malin '62 in his long and continuing association with Harvard and the game.
Meg Casscells-Hamby was honored with the award this year. The senior co-captain had a stellar season along the midfield line. Earning First Team All-Ivy recognition, the Winter Park, Florida, native tallied three goals and handed out four assists for 10 points on the year. A crucial lynchpin in the midfield, Casscells-Hamby finishes her Crimson career with 15 goals and 15 assists over her four years in Cambridge.
The final award presented was the Meg Berte Owen '94 Memorial Award, which is given annually to the soccer player that best exemplifies Meg's leadership, work ethic, passion, courage, and sheer determination both on and off the playing field. The award is named after former Harvard captain Meg Berte Owen. Meg, the captain of the 1993 team, passed away from lung disease brought on from an earlier battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Senior co-captain Marie Margolius was presented with the distinction this season. Margolius proved herself to be a leader on and off the field for much of her time in Cambridge. The senior back was crucial to the Crimson's recent success, and exemplifies everything the award attributes.