In this week's Around the Water Cooler, Penn's ruling the roost, but Yale's men's hockey team is off to a quick start too.
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, meaning the end of fall sports. While we look ahead to the winter season, there are still some loose ends that need to be tied. The men’s soccer title will be decided this weekend, and we’ll have a pretty good idea of who will win the Ivy League football crown after Saturday’s games. And as we’ll show you in a little tour around the water cooler, it’s a good time to be a Quaker.
To take the league crown in women’s soccer, all Penn needed to do was tie Princeton on Saturday in the de facto Ivy League Championship. When after 110 minutes of play neither side ceded a goal, the Quakers took their second league crown in four years and earned their fourth NCAA championship berth in school history. In its first round contest on Friday, Penn will square off against cross-state rival Penn State. Though the Nittany Lions have a wealth of experience in NCAA play, with 13 straight Big Ten championships, the Quakers have a shot at advancing: Penn State lost to Yale and Dartmouth, teams that Penn beat and tied, respectively.
When it comes to inspiration in sports, many people tend to focus on the pre-game speech or the build-up before a final touchdown or foul shot. But for the Harvard women’s basketball team, it’s all about the huddle. The huddle offers the chance for the Crimson to discuss its biggest two motivations for the season: banners and rings. Harvard, currently ranked second in the Ivy League, looks to improve upon its 20-win season last year and capture the elusive banner and ring that represent an Ancient Eight title.
"This year, our new favorite phrase for the huddle has become ‘banners and rings,’ to help us remember what our long-term goals are for the season: an Ivy title and championship rings,” sophomore Elle Hagedorn said. “The phrase is just a way to pump us up and keep our mission in mind."
Last season, the Crimson missed a banner and ring to only one team: Princeton, which was picked to win the league title again in 2010-11. Harvard begins its quest to reclaim the crown on Saturday at Maine. But first, be sure to check out The Crimson’s basketball preseason supplement, on newsstands Friday!
The football team beat Columbia, 23-7, in a home game on Saturday.
In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten savvier—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean.
With two big weeks looming ahead of it, Harvard had every reason to look past Columbia last Saturday on the gridiron. But the Crimson showed up to play at Harvard Stadium, handing the Lions a 23-7 loss and frustrating Columbia coach Norries Wilson. Particularly irritating to the Lions’ head coach was the number of miscues in what could have otherwise been a close game. Wilson vents some of his disappointment in this week’s edition of Sound Off.
The journey started as a trip to the other land down under.
It ended with the US women's 8+ at the top of the world.
Winning both of its races with open water, the U.S. squad proved to be peerless at the World Rowing Championships in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand.
The U.S. women's heat-winning time of 6:00.52 was a little over a second faster than the 6:01.71 time Canada posted to win its heat. The narrowness between the two crews suggested a tense fight for the gold.
Instead the U.S. took the lead in the first 500 and never looked back. The Canadians were able to stay within a second of the U.S. for the first 1000, but the U.S. used its superior stamina to walk on its continental neighbors in the third 500, finishing that frame with a lead of nearly four seconds, a margin that the U.S. would hold to the finish.
The race gave Radcliffe alum and U.S. five-seat Esther Lofgren '07-'09 her first senior world championship.
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Junior co-captain Keith Wright will provide some veteran presence up front for the men's basketball team, but the squad will miss the presence of big men Doug Miller '10 and Pat Magnarelli '10
The men’s basketball team will dearly miss a pair of seniors from last season, neither of whom is named Jeremy Lin ’10.
On opening night this coming Saturday, Harvard will have just five healthy big men—juniors co-captain Keith Wright and Andrew Van Nest, sophomore Jeff Georgatos, and freshmen Ugo Okam and Tom Hamel. In light of this lack of experience, the Crimson will surely be pining for the likes of Doug Miller ’10 and Pat Magnarelli ’10.
Together, the two big men combined for 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game last season. Though their numbers were not gaudy, Miller (a co-captain last year) and Magnarelli provided a toughness and experience that this year’s unproven frontcourt lacks.