Boston sports fans have grown accustomed to the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s just supposed to happen. But after an early exit by the hometown football team, sports junkies will have to settle for another February Boston tradition: the Beanpot.
A staple of intercollegiate rivalry, the Beanpot features four Boston-area men’s hockey teams: Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, and Northeastern. Historically, Boston University has dominated, winning 29 times since the annual tournament began in 1952.
After marking herself as one of the top skiers in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Rebecca Nadler headed to Erzurum, Turkey to take on a slightly deeper field: the world.
On Saturday, Nadler placed 21st in the women's slalom event at the World University Games.
Given the 30th starting spot in the first run, Nadler posted a 24th place finish in the first run before using a strong second-run to bump herself up three places.
The last time the No. 1 Trinity men’s squash team lost, Bill Clinton was still president, Titanic had just come out, and Google wouldn’t be founded for another seven months.
Since that Feb. 22, 1998 loss to Harvard, the Bantams (14-0, 7-0 NESCAC) have won an unprecedented 238 consecutive matches—the longest streak of any kind in NCAA Division I history—and 12 consecutive national championships.
Along with the heaps of snow, this winter has brought the 50th anniversary of ECAC Hockey.
And, joining in the celebrations after being named one of the top-50 players in league history is former Olympian and Harvard athlete Lane MacDonald ’88-’89.
The seventh installment of the list made its debut this past Wednesday, and MacDonald made the cut from a pool of no fewer than 145 nominees. His achievement marks the fourth time a Crimson player has nabbed a spot on the list, after Mark Fusco ’83, Joe Cavanagh ’71, and Gene Kinasewich ’64.
During his years donning a Harvard jersey, MacDonald led his squad to a 31-1 record and an NCAA title—the first in Crimson Athletics history. He also racked up numerous accolades, including the Bingham Award (awarded to one Harvard senior male), the Hobey Baker Award (for the honor of college hockey’s top player), and the title of Beanpot MVP, among numerous others.
Outside the college circuit, MacDonald made waves on the U.S. National Team and the Olympic Team in 1988, for which he took a year off from school.
Now, MacDonald sits atop the Crimson leader board for all-time scorers with 111 goals, and he ranks second all-time in points with 225.
Hopefully, the exciting news will breathe some fresh inspiration into the men’s hockey program, which is 1-8 in its last nine games. The crew will need it for its next game against No. 3 Yale—the Bulldogs have only four losses, which match the number of wins for Harvard this season.
It's time for the Weekend Preview! Here's a rundown of the action:
The men and women’s basketball teams face off against Princeton and Penn, with the women taking on the Tigers and the Quakers at home while the men are on the road. The women play at the Lavietes Pavilion tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Both Harvard and Princeton are 3-0 in the Ivy League and will battle for first place in the conference, while Penn heads into the weekend with a 1-2 conference record.
The men’s basketball team has clearly looked like a contender for the top spot of the Ivy League. The men are 15-3 for the season, including a current eight-game win streak, and have bested their conference rivals in all four Ivy contests. However, the Tigers have taken down the Crimson in the teams’ last four meetings, which will prove a challenge for Harvard to maintain its streak. The last time the Crimson faced off against the Quakers, Harvard earned an 80-66 victory.