Statistics: Murphy recorded five goals and nine
assists in his junior season – modest numbers for many
college forwards – but for Murphy it was a breakthrough
year. He had just eight points in his first two years combined.
He Does: He spent most of the last 10 games playing
the left wing on a line with Charlie Johnson and Jon Pelle,
and also spent time on the power play. All of those players
return this season and if that line combo remains intact,
it will be expected to produce bigger numbers.
Bigger Picture: Murphy is one of five seniors on
the Harvard roster that will be looked upon to fill the void
left by a stellar senior class. All-Americans Dov Grumet-Morris
and Noah Welch are gone, as well as elite players like Tom
Cavanagh, Brendan Bernakevitch, and Ryan Lannon. Not only
will Murphy be expected to take up an increased leadership
role, but another jump in his scoring contribution will certainly
boost Harvard's chances for another trip to Albany.
Murphy on following in the footsteps of last year's seniors:
“We definitely learned a lot from playing with them
the last three years. They knew how to mix hard work with
also keeping things fun."