The season is only five days old, but men’s Ivy League basketball is already 12 games deep. Sitting at a collective 5-7, the Ancient Eight has seen mixed results (to be expected in non-conference play), but it’s never too early to name some winners and losers for the opening days of play.
Preseason favorite Princeton could not have started its season off on a better note last Friday, as it topped Rutgers in overtime, 78-73. Admittedly, the Scarlet Knights are expected to be a weak team this year, but any BCS win is big. The Tigers got a huge lift from senior guard Dan Mavraides who scored a career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers. As expected, Princeton fell to the reigning national champions, No. 1 Duke, on Sunday, 97-60. The Tigers did not have a realistic shot at competing but at least garnered some exposure on ESPNU.
Published by Kate Leist
on November 15, 2010 at 3:11AM
Sophomore Josephine Pucci joined Crimson coach Katey Stone as a member of the U.S. national team that traveled to the Four Nations Cup in Canada last week.
The U.S. women’s national hockey team started off its stay at the Four Nations Cup with a shootout win over Canada, and the rematch between the two squads proved just as exciting. But this time, it was the host Canadians who came out on top, topping the American women, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday night in Newfoundland.
The U.S. team is coached by Harvard’s Katey Stone and featured three Crimson skaters—Julie Chu ’06-’07, Caitlin Cahow ’07-’08, and sophomore Josephine Pucci.
But the Canadian who proved to be the difference-maker was an all-too-familiar face for Harvard. Rebecca Johnston, a Canadian Olympic veteran who is also a junior at Cornell, scored both the first and game-winning goals for her team on Saturday.
The countdown to The Game can officially begin. In just six days, the Crimson football team will take to the field at Harvard Stadium to play Yale in the last game of the season.
Although yesterday’s loss puts the Crimson out of the running for the Ivy League Championship, the game, fueled by hundreds of years of rivalry, is still sure to be exciting.
And while we hope we can say the same for the tailgate, it seems like the Harvard administration is doing anything it can to stifle the student tradition that necessarily accompanies any big collegiate football matchup.
Life in the post-Jeremy Lin ’10 era of Harvard men’s basketball got off to a rocky start this afternoon, as the Crimson (0-1) fell to George Mason (1-0) in its season opener, 66-53.
Playing without sophomore Kyle Casey, who suffered a broken foot in early October, Harvard struggled offensively, shooting 32.7 percent from the field and turning the ball over 24 times.
But despite the lackluster offensive performance, the Crimson managed to stay in the contest until midway through the second period. With 16:13 left in the second half, the Patriots used 14-0 run over the next 6:39 of play to grab a 20-point lead, sealing the victory for George Mason in front of 6,536 fans at the Patriot Center.
It’s the last week before Harvard-Yale, and plenty of teams are taking on Ivy competition in conference matches to prepare for the big event.
The football team hits the road again this week against Penn tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in its sixth conference matchup. Last week, Harvard extended its win streak to three, defeating Columbia, 23-7. Chances are good that the Crimson can continue its winning ways. The squad holds a 45-33-2 record over the Quakers and has won four of the past six meetings.