Cyr leaves Harvard lacrosse on high note
After her final game in uniform with the women’s lacrosse team at Harvard University, Micaela Cyr (inset) left the field with a feeling of accomplishment and purpose.
A popular choice for team captain, the 5-foot-6 Cyr finished her career with 101 points, including a team-high 31 goals, 16 assists, and 29 ground balls as a senior, earning All-Ivy League first- team honors.
On April 28, Senior Day at Harvard Stadium, the former three-sport captain at Lexington High went out in style with an 18-11 win over Columbia.
“She just had a tremendous game, reaching the 100-point mark and setting a high standard for herself and the team,’’ Harvard coach Lisa Miller said of Cyr, who settled into her new role as attack this spring after playing midfield for her first three seasons.
“Even in the final minutes, Micaela was doing all she could to set up our younger players for scoring opportunities. Because of her time at Harvard, we’re in a much better place competitively, and that’s a credit to her leadership and talent,’’ Miller said.
Harvard qualified for the Ivy League tournament when Cyr was a sophomore and junior, but the Crimson, plagued by injuries, finished 3-11 this season (2-5 Ivy). Her sophomore season, she was limited to five games after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament, and watched from the sideline when Harvard reached the Ivy tournament final.
“I was still in a little pain at the beginning of my junior season, but this year I was back to normal,’’ said Cyr, who will start her new job as a research assistant at Children’s Hospital Colorado next month.
A biology major, she plans to attend medical school and specialize in orthopedics.
“I think going through the knee surgery and rehab had an influence on my career direction,’’ said Cyr.
Cyr has a year of eligibility left, and Miller said that there have been inquiries from other Division 1 programs asking whether she would like to attend graduate school and play lacrosse.
But last week, Cyr said emphatically that “it’s time to step away. I can’t imagine putting on any uniform but Harvard’s, and I don’t want to go to another college just to play lacrosse.’’
She said that she lingered at the tailgate party after the finale against Columbia with her teammates and parents because it was hard to leave.
A highly recruited athlete out of Lexington, Cyr had considered playing soccer in college, “but lacrosse was a huge commitment, and my focus, along with Coach Miller’s, was to bring Harvard back to a competitive level in our league.
“I’m honored that my teammates’’ had elected her as captain, she said, “and despite our record we never let down, and I hope that spirit continues.’’
Miller recalled that after Cyr committed to play lacrosse at Harvard, she received a telephone call from a good friend, Maren Rojas.
“Maren was the women’s soccer coach at Bowdoin College at the time, and she kidded me about taking away her top recruit,’’ said Miller.
Newton’s Michals hones hockey skills
Newton teen Drew Michals (inset) has committed to play hockey at Middlebury College this fall.
A senior at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Michals is coming off a great run in goal for the Neponset Valley River Rats 18-and-under Tier 1 team, which recently captured a USA Hockey national title.
Michals compiled a 16-4-0 record for Neponset Valley with a 1.70 goals against average, .916 save percentage, and five shutouts.
He backstopped a 2-1 win over Colorado in the round-robin portion of the tournament, and stoned Minnesota in a 5-1 national semifinal win.
“He was so focused that night. He actually sent out a tweet to his teammates before the game that no way was our season going to end,’’ said River Rats head coach Jon Hutcheon, whose team won the Massachusetts title last fall.
The state and national championships were firsts for the Foxborough-based program.
Michals, whose father, Brad, was a goaltender at Belmont Hill School, has a bright future in college hockey and beyond, according to Hutcheon.
“He’s so quick. Drew makes the saves he needs to make and others you don’t think a goalie could possibly make because of his athleticism,’’ Hutcheon said, “and he’s the best teammate you could ask for.’’
The River Rats, which played at the highest level of youth hockey, finished with a 33-4-2 record. Two of Michal’s teammates at Lawrence Academy, Tommy Newton (Hollis, N.H.) and George Hunkele (West Haven, Conn.), also played for the River Rats.
are drawn to cricket
Cricket is gaining popularity through the Massachusetts State Cricket League.
It includes the Commonwealth Cricket Club, which plays home contests in Shrewsbury and Bedford, and the Eagle Cricket Club and Boston Gymkhana Sports Club of Wrentham.
According to Ramesh Nallavolu, captain of the Commonwealth club’s D team, the organization’s four teams have grown to include rosters of 20 to 25 players.
If you’re planning to watch a complete match, bring lunch.
Commonwealth, for example, plays its 14-game schedule on Saturdays and Sundays. Matches start at noon and take roughly six hours to complete. The league began play this month.
“It’s been a great way to network, to meet people here who grew up with the sport in other countries including India, Pakistan, and South Africa,’’ said Nallavolu.
India was the most recent cricket World Cup champion, in 2011.
For more information, visit www.mcsl.org.
Hudson’s Graham is
a hit at college ball
Zack Graham, a baseball and hockey standout at Hudson High, has made a seamless transition to playing baseball at St. Joseph’s College, which has qualified for the NCAA Division 3 tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
The shortstop/second baseman, hitting .305 in 32 games, was named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s all-tourney team.
“I can put Zack in the leadoff or 2-hole in the order and know he’ll give me some tough at-bats and hit line drives to all fields,’’ said head coach Will Sanborn. “He does some really heady things on the field that we don’t often see freshmen do.”