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Redemption [Swan] Song

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Courtesy of the Boston Globe

Michael Fucito is on the brink of becoming the all-time leading scorer in Harvard men's soccer history. He's a two-time All-Ivy selection, an All-American, is one of 10 finalists for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and among the 48 players on the Hermann Trophy "watch list," college soccer's answer to the Heisman Trophy.

Those honors are "nice" for the former Brooks School star from Westford. But he's most proud of his selection to the All-Ivy and ESPN All-Region Academic teams.

His reasoning is very clear. In 2005, after earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, Fucito made a mistake, left Harvard and worked for a year.

"I had some academic problems, did something stupid and was punished for it," he admitted, without going into detail. "It wasn't something I was proud of and I paid the price. Looking back now I realize that while all those honors are nice, what I'm really proudest of are the academic honors. To be able to overcome those difficulties I had and attain those honors is something special."

As special as he is in the classroom - he currently maintains a 3.3 grade point average - Fucito is a very gifted soccer player.

After not playing what would have been his sophomore season, Fucito was reinstated at Harvard and picked up where he had left off. He was named the team's MVP after scoring nine goals and nine assists. Last season, he finished with 11 goals and seven assists. This year, through 13 games, he had nine goals and four assists. With 23 career assists, he is three off the record set by Will Kohler from 1993-96, and his 87 points are seven shy of the mark held by Chris Ohiri from 1961-64.

The complete story can be found courtesy of the Boston Globe.

- A.S.