Heavyweights Just Miss First in Doc Lusins Trophy Race, 1.7 Seconds Behind B.U.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
SYRACUSE, N.Y. --  The most recent coaches poll had forecast a close race between Columbia's varsity heavyweights, ranked 12th nationally, and those of Boston University, 10th in the rankings. The outcome of the varsity heavyweights race Saturday proved that the poll was right on, as B.U. took an early lead and held off a frequently-charging Columbia for a 1.7 second victory in the Doc Lusins Trophy regatta.
The Syracuse Orangemen, ranked 16th, were 11 seconds behind the leader and nine seconds in back of the Lions, in 6:14.2. Boston U. rowed the 2000-meter Onondaga Lake course in 6:03.4, and Columbia was clocked in 6:05.1.
"That was a good performance," Columbia head coach Scott Alwin said. But of just missing an opportunity to capture the Trophy, Alwin noted, "It stings."
The coach was particularly gratified by his varsity's showing when the fifth-week pitfall loomed.
"This is five weeks in to the season," he noted. "Rowers often consider this stretch of a season to be something of a grind. This team didn't feel that way, didn't row that way. For several reasons, this was not an ideal week of practice, and they could have come in unprepared for today. But they were perfectly prepared, mentally and physically."
The Lion second varsity eight, which had turned in several strong rows, was a bit off its game in the Lusins Trophy.
 "The 2V had a rough row today," Alwin said. "They usually have good starts, but they got off to a bad start today and had a hard time recovering from it. Today was a setback, but we'll regroup."
As has been the case in previous weeks, the third varsity was unable to generate the power needed to be a factor in its race. Like the 2V, the 3V finished third of three.
Columbia will make its annual pilgrimage to Princeton next week for the Maxwell Stevenson Cup regatta between the Lions and Navy. The regatta, now scheduled on Sunday, May 4, due to the Midshipmen's final exam schedule, has expanded its field to include George Washington and Florida Institute of Technology.
GW has often been a guest in the Stevenson Cup, while FIT is flying up to New Jersey for its annual meeting with the Lions. It normally takes place on Columbia's spring trip to Florida, but was postponed this spring when the Lion heavyweights remained in New York for spring training.

The results:

The Doc Lusins Trophy (Columbia vs. Boston University)
The Conlan Cup (Syracuse vs. Boston University)
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Onondaga Lake, Syracuse, N.Y.

Varsity Eights
1. Boston U., 6:03.4
2. COLUMBIA, 6:05.1
3. Syracuse, 6:14.2

Second Varsity Eights
1. Boston U., 6:03.1
2. Syracuse, 6:13.6
3. COLUMBIA, 6:16.2

Third Varsity Eights
1. Boston U., 6:17.2
2. Syracuse, 6:22.9
3. COLUMBIA, 6:40.9

Today's Boatings:

Varsity Eight
Colin Keane, cox; Emmett Gross, stroke; Connor Jones, 7; Buck Goggin, 6; Alex Barkume, 5; Clemens Auersperg, 4; Ben Coombs, 3; Josh Fram, 2; Matt Ridgeway, bow

Second Varsity Eight
Daniel Hong, cox; Daniel Kolbe, stroke; Andrew Bair, 7; Elliot Meade, 6; Connor Coughlin, 5; Christian Aral, 4; Zach Ellenbogen, 3; Sam Harris, 2; Jonathon Rosow, bow
Third Varsity Eight
Oliver Jennings, cox; Jack Michaud, stroke; Brent Laurint, 7; Matt Panton, 6; James Glynn, 5; Max Lawton, 4; Eitan Rothman, 3; Killian Brackey, 2; Max Lindemann, bow