Kucharczyk Named Captain

Harry Kucharczyk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Harry Kucharczyk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Midfielder Earns Vote From Teammates

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harry Kucharczyk, a short-stick defensive midfielder who has been a leader on the Yale lacrosse team for three years, has been named its 2014-15 captain after a vote by his teammates.

The Manhasset, N.Y., native played in 11 games this year and was a key ingredient in Yale's 9-5 record and a fifth straight Ivy Tournament appearance.

"It is an incredible honor and I am very humbled to be given this opportunity," said Kucharczyk, the 6-foot, 195 pound political science major in Calhoun College. "The past three years there have been phenomenal leaders on this team who have set a great example for me. I will do my best to carry out the culture that they have implemented on this program." 

Kucharczyk, who takes over for Jimmy Craft as captain, has been a regular on defense for three seasons, helping the Blue win two Ivy League Tournaments, but he has also contributed at the other end with nine goals and 13 points.

"Harry is a natural choice for the captaincy. He's been a leader since he set foot on campus as a freshman, and I think he will continue to push this team to the next level," said Andy Shay, The Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach. 

The new Yale leader has an impressive resume off the field as well. Kucharczyk, who will be a 2014 summer analyst at Barclays Capital, studied at the London School of Economics one summer. He also interned at Viking Management Ltd., a New York City Property Management Company and coached for Inner City Lacrosse.

Kucharczyk was a 2011 all-county player and academic All-American at Manhasset High School. His 2010 team went 20-0 and won a second straight Class L state title.



filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director