The Harvard men's soccer team played an exhibition game against the Haitian national team on Sunday. Proceeds from the game, which attracted 11,513 fans, went to Partners in Health. The two teams tied 0-0 in regulation and Haiti won 4-1 in penalty kicks.
It’s not every day that you hear as much Haitian Creole at Harvard Stadium as you do English. Yesterday’s friendly between the Harvard men’s soccer and the Haitian national team brought a unique environment to the century-old field.
For one, the game attracted over 11,000 fans, a figure generally reserved for attendance at football games. But most of the people that lined the cement bleachers of the stadium rowdily supported the Caribbean team, and Harvard fans were left in a small and very silent minority.
Two Ivy League men’s soccer teams face a different kind of competitor this weekend: the Haiti National Team.
To raise money for the continuing relief efforts in Haiti, the country's national team visited Dartmouth last night and faces off against Harvard tomorrow night at Harvard Stadium.
As the academic term reaches its midpoint in Cambridge, 80 Ivy League student-athletes have already been rewarded for a season of hard work both in and out of the classroom. Earlier this week, Ancient Eight officials announced that ten Harvard students—including athletes from nine teams and eight different sports—earned a spot on the winter All-Ivy Academic team this year.
To be nominated for this honor, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and be a starter or key reserve on a recognized varsity team.
The women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams led the way for the Crimson, as a swimmer and two divers—senior Kate Mills, classmate Zac Ranta, and sophomore Michael Stanton—earned a spot on the team.
Mills, a History of Art and Architecture concentrator, was also honored as the Career High Point Swimmer the Ivy League Championships this year, while the men’s team finished the regular season undefeated.
After helping the Crimson men’s basketball team to its first Ivy League championship in school history, sophomore guard Brandyn Curry, a sociology concentrator from Huntersville, N.C., earned academic honors as well.
Also earning accolades for Harvard were sophomore hockey forward Jillian Dempsey , sophomore squash player Laura Gemmell, junior fencer Noam Mills, junior wrestler Walter Peppelman, junior runner Claire Richardson, and junior fencer Valentin Staller.
For the full Ivy League team, check out this Ancient Eight release.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
SPRING ACTION HEATS UP
178: The number of strikeouts for junior pitcher Rachel Brown in 103 1/3 innings this year.
3: The number of goals for freshman lacrosse player Daniel Eipp in a 12-11 Harvard loss to Albany.
128: The number of digs junior volleyball player Dan Schreff has recorded on the season.
9: The number of varsity lightweight rowers from Massachusetts.
26: The number of goals scored by sophomore lacrosse Jennifer VanderMeulen in eight games this season.
20: The number of road losses for the Harvard baseball team in 23 away games this year.
Sophomore forward Brian Rogers will lead the attack against the Haiti men's national soccer team.
Time for the Weekend Preview! With the temperatures finally warming up, it's important to take advantage of the good weather and watch some of these teams play outdoors.
The men’s lacrosse team has a match against Cornell tomorrow afternoon at 2:10 p.m. The Crimson squad is currently 6-3 and willl play its third conference match of the yearafter splitting its first two. The men hold a 5-0 record at home, but maintaining the undefeated record on home turf will be tough. Cornell has won the last 12 matchups against Harvard.
The softball team has two doubleheaders this weekend: two games against Princeton today and another two tomorrow against the Big Red tomorrow. The women are on a six-game winning streak and, in those six games, hold a 45-12 run lead over their opponents. Harvard fell just short of the Ivy League Championship against Cornell last year.
On the other hand, the baseball squad has not been nearly as fortunate this year, currently holding a 3-21 record. The men look to turn things around this weekend with two games against Princeton tomorrow and two against Cornell on Sunday. The Tigers hold a 10-13 record and the Big Red stand at 3-17, so there is hope the Crimson will match up well against these two teams.
Women’s tennis also has two home matches this weekend, one against Penn tomorrow at noon and another against Princeton on Sunday at the same time. It has been a seesaw season for the women’s squad, currently standing at 7-6, but the team holds a 2-0 conference record going into the weekend. Harvard dominated against Penn last year, 7-0, but lost to Princeton in a tough 5-2 bout.
The men and women’s heavyweight crew teams also have big races this weekend at home. The men face off against Brown in the Stein Cup tomorrow at 10 a.m., and the women take on Cornell and Princeton starting early tomorrow morning at 7:36 a.m. for the Class of 1975 Cup.
Finally, the Harvard men’s soccer team is hosting the Haitian national soccer team this Sunday at 5 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. Tickets are $10 for general admission but free for those with a Harvard ID. Proceeds go to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti. The barbecue starts at 3 p.m., and gates open at 4 p.m. It should be an exciting match, and many are expected to come!