The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Winter Sports Teams, Week 1

Published by James D. McCaffrey on December 02, 2011 at 10:12PM
POWER HOUR

Sophomore Gary Power and the Harvard men's squash team are undefeated and sitting at No.5 in the nation

Just a few weeks into the winter sports season, three teams are undefeated and two are nationally ranked. If this is a taste of what is to come, we’ve got an exciting winter ahead of us.

5. Women’s Ice Hockey

The Crimson is 6-4 and ended a three game losing streak by defeating Dartmouth, 2-1, yesterday. The team is 6-2 in conference play and will battle Providence on Dec. 8.

4. Pool Powerhouses

The women’s swimming and diving team dominated Dartmouth and Cornell, winning 12 of 16 matches against the (not so) Big Green and (even less so) Big Red in its first action of the year. The men’s team beat the same two schools in dual meet action and recently took fifth place at the prestigious Nike Cup hosted by UNC.

3. Women’s Fencing

At the Garret Open, hosted by Penn State, the women’s fencing team won two gold medals and one bronze. The medals came in the foil, epee, and saber events, which all sound equally scary.

2. Men’s Basketball

Crimson men’s basketball players were not able to return home for the Thanksgiving break, but don’t pity them. Instead, the team traveled to the Bahamas and won the Battle 4 Atlantis. The team beat No. 20 Florida State and avoided UConn, who lost on the opposite side of the bracket. Harvard will play the No. 8 Huskies on Dec. 8 in what could potentially slide the Crimson into the national top 25 rankings.

1. Squashopolies

I’m not exactly sure how many colleges have squash teams, but national top five rankings for both the (No. 5) men and (No. 1) women are impressive in my book. The teams are a combined 7-0 and have outscored opponents 58-5. You can’t perform much better than that.

Harvard Basketball's Newest Fan: Miss Massachusetts

Published by Martin Kessler and Dennis J. Zheng on November 30, 2011 at 10:12PM

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas—Cheering on the Crimson at this weekend's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament was none other than the newly crowned Miss Massachusetts 2012 herself, event designer Natalie Pietrzak. Find out what the UMass alum had to say about the Harvard men's basketball team.

Leblanc Called up to NHL's Canadiens

Published by Emily Rutter on November 30, 2011 at 10:12PM
Louis, Louis

Just a month after his professional debut, Louis Leblanc will make his NHL debut Wednesday night for the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs take on the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif.

Former Harvard hockey star Louis Leblanc will make his NHL debut in Anahiem, Calif. Wednesday, skating for his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs called up Leblanc from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs to fill the space left by Max Pacioretty, who earned a three-game suspension for a dirty hit.

Leblanc—a former member of the class of 2013—had made a name for himself before stepping foot on campus in fall of 2009, as the Canadiens had taken Leblanc in the first round with the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

And the forward lived up to the hype. Skating for the Crimson during his freshman year, Leblanc established himself as a force in the Harvard attack. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, Leblanc led the Crimson in points and goals in the 2009-2010 campaign.

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Where Are They Now? Fitzpatrick Falls in QB Shootout

Published by Peter G. Cornick on November 28, 2011 at 10:39PM

In a new weekly feature, The Crimson will be tracking the successes (and potential failures) of some of Harvard’s most successful graduates not to use their Harvard degrees. While a tour through professional sports is not exactly a who’s who of Harvard alumni, a few athletes have taken their game to the next level. From Jeremy Lin to Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Crimson maintains a presence outsaide of the labs and law offices of the world.

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Harvard Falls Just Short of Top 25 Spot

Published by Dennis J. Zheng on November 28, 2011 at 10:11PM

After winning this weekend's Battle 4 Atlantis tournament—which featured eigh teams, including then-No. 4 Connecticut and then-No. 22 Florida State—Harvard men's basketball received 101 votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday and 61 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Landing at essentially No. 27 in both polls, the Crimson (6-0) was second in the Others Receiving Votes category in the AP—three behind Creighton (104), and 14 points behind No. 25 Texas A&M.

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