The winning streak continues.
The Harvard women's squash team played its last game of the calendar year against Cornell yesterday, and the squad proved invincible once again. The Crimson swept the Big Red, 9-0, with only one player pushed to five sets—the first time this has happened this year. This is the fifth straight 9-0 win for Harvard in what has been so far a dominant defense of its national title from last season. If you include last year's undefeated season in the wins total, the Crimson has won 17 matchups in a row. Seventeen? That's like an entire football season plus one.
The last loss came at the hands of Ivy rival Princeton on Feb. 15, 2009 in that season's CSA championship game. Will the Crimson still be undefeated when the two-year anniversary of that defeat comes around? Harvard's schedule will significantly toughen up after the holiday break, with the Crimson facing Penn, last season's national semifinalist, and the Tigers back-to-back the weekend of Feb. 5-6. But with the way things are going now, it seems like no team will stop Harvard from steamrolling its way back to the CSA national championship game.
Freshman Laurent Rivard has hit double digits in his last two games, including a 5-of-9 performance from three-point land in a road loss at Michigan.
While the Harvard men’s basketball team may not be happy with the final result of this afternoon’s 65-62 loss to Michigan, the squad must certainly be pleased with the progress made by freshman Laurent Rivard.
After a 0-for-11 shooting performance in his collegiate debut, Rivard has found his stroke this past week, netting a combined 36 points in the Crimson’s past two contests.
The 6’5” guard followed up on last Wednesday’s career-high 21-point performance by pacing Harvard with 15 points yesterday.
In 33 minutes of action, Rivard shot 5-of-9 from deep, keeping the Crimson within striking distance after it lost its lead midway through the second period.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
CRIMSON VS BIG BLUE
830—Number of miles separating Cambridge and Ann Arbor, MI. The Harvard men’s basketball team will travel to the University of Michigan this Saturday to take on the Wolverines at 1 p.m.. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
109—Wins for Harvard coach Tommy Amaker when he was the head coach at Michigan before joining the Crimson.
Sophomore Laura Gemmell, the defending national champion, got her second collegiate campaign started on the right foot, sweeping all three of her opponents this weekend. The women’s squash team, ranked first nationally, beat Brown, Stanford, and Williams by identical 3-0 counts.
Tomorrow morning, most Harvard students will undoubtedly be sleeping in, basking in end-of-classes bliss before the rigors of finals week begin.
The women of the Crimson squash program, on the other hand, will be braving the cold and snow in Ithaca, N.Y., as they hit the Belkin International Squash Courts to face No. 7 Cornell (1-2, 0-2 Ivy).
Harvard (4-0, 2-0) enters the weekend with a No. 1 CSA ranking and a roster boasting talent one-to-nine: not a single player has dropped a match yet. The squad also carries into the match a 9-0 victory over last year’s Big Red team.
With Reading Period starting, the semester is winding down for most students, but for a few teams, the seasons are just starting to heat up.
The men’s basketball team is on a roll this season. After losing its opening matchup to George Mason, the squad is on a five-game winning streak. On Wednesday, Harvard dominated Fordham, 80-57, at home. The Crimson faces off against Michigan in another road game today at 1 p.m. Harvard and Michigan have met three times before, with the Wolverines holding the slight edge, 2-1, in the series. In the last meeting, Harvard earned its first victory over Michigan, 62-51 at Lavietes in the 2007-08 season.