The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 3

Published by James D. McCaffrey on October 11, 2011 at 10:11PM
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Senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz sacks Cornell QB Jeff Mathews in the first half of the Crimson's win over the Big Red.

It was again an up-and-down week for Harvard athletics. And by up-and-down, we mean that the football team was up, and pretty much everyone else was down.

5. Women’s Volleyball (9-6, 2-3 Ivy)

Harvard split its games this week, defeating Brown but losing to Yale in straight sets. The team shouldn’t be too worried—it has more than a month to hone its dog-fighting skills before it faces the Bulldogs again.

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Men's Water Polo Swims in Pink

Published by Peter G. Cornick on October 09, 2011 at 10:37PM

During the home opener for Harvard men’s water polo against MIT Friday night, fans on both sides wore a myriad of school t-shirts supporting their team. One MIT fan even slipped on a full-body spandex suit for the occasion.

But for Saturday’s game against Brown, both sides shared a common color: pink.

In the first-annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game, athletes from both Harvard and Brown wore customized commemorative swimsuits in an attempt to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research.


Scouting the Area: Ithaca, N.Y.

Published by Alexa N. Gellman on October 07, 2011 at 10:11PM

Cornell's McGraw Tower, Ithaca, N.Y.

Looking for an exciting way to spend your long weekend?

Why not support three of your Harvard sports teams as they take on Cornell?  Crimson football, men’s soccer and women’s soccer are all making the trip to Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend to play the Big Red on its home turf. Yes, we know that six hours by car is a long way to go, so here is some motivation:

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Upset City: Norton and Tachibana Down Strong Doubles Team

Published by Taryn I. Kurcz on October 07, 2011 at 10:11PM
Norton Antivirus

Junior co-captains Kristin Norton, pictured above in earlier action, and Hideko Tachibana defeated ranked opposition at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship on Thursday.

Harvard women’s doubles partners and junior co-captains Kristin Norton and Hideko Tachibana used their western grip yesterday at the Riviera/ITA All-American Tennis Championships to upset No. 12-ranked Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather of Florida in the first round of the main draw doubles, 8-4.

The tournament, located in Pacific Palisades, Calif., attracts the top Division I athletes throughout the United States. Players are selected via the ITA preseason national rankings, in which junior-co-captains rank as the No. 1 doubles team in the Northeast region.

Last year at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the Crimson duo competed in the lower, pre-qualifying draw, producing the same 8-4 victory against the University of Texas in the first round before falling to USC’s Valeria Pulido and Alison Ramos, 8-5, in the second.

With their win this year, Norton and Tachibana continue on to face the reigning champions of the main draw, Josipa Bek and Keri Wong from Clemson. The Tiger tandem is the top-ranked doubles team in the nation after an impressive 34-11 record last season.

The Crimson and Clemson will rally today beginning at 9:00 a.m. PST.

The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 2

Published by James D. McCaffrey on October 05, 2011 at 10:11PM

A strong performance last weekend vaulted field hockey into the top five.

Harvard’s teams had an up-and-down week, giving this edition of the Fab Five the appeal of a Lindsay Lohan movie—the early performances were solid, but who knows what you’ll get these days.

5. Football (2-1, 1-0)

The Crimson sent the Lafayette Leopards (1-4) deeper into gridiron misery, trouncing them 31-3 last Saturday. The team travels to Cornell this weekend, but winning may not even be a priority. Leaving Ithaca after the game will be more than enough for the players to look forward to.

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