This weekend will serve as a turning point for a number of Harvard squads as they prepare for postseason play.
First, the track & field and swimming teams head out to compete in their Ivy League Conference Championship meets. For many of these athletes, this weekend will be their last opportunity to compete as a team before national competition begins.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams have double-headers again this weekend, with the men’s team visiting Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday. The men hope to close out the road portion of their schedule on a high note, before hosting Princeton and Penn next weekend.
High school hockey star Devin Tringale recently committed to Harvard. The 17-year-old Medford native is currently a junior at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass.
“Everyone’s excited,” Tringale said of committing to play for the Crimson. “We’re obviously pumped up about it.”
As midterms and papers slowly crush all of us, the athletes of Harvard are crunched for time as they battle to win not only Ivy League glory, but national recognition too. Basketball is coming to a close and a chance at making history is on the horizon. While women’s squash may have come to a close, the men’s team can redeem themselves after last week’s loss to Yale, and the women’s swimming and diving Ivy League Championships are on tap for this week. Take a break from your studies to check out what’s going on around the Ivy League in this week’s edition of Around the Water Cooler.
As the basketball regular seasons come to a close, both Harvard men’s and women’s squads have a chance at doing something that’s never happened in this history of Harvard: hold the Ivy League title at the same time. The men’s team has never won the title and currently sits atop the rankings alongside rival Princeton, while the women’s team is one game behind the Tigers. If it wins the Ivy League it will receive its first bid to NCAA March Madness tournament to compete for the national championship. Princeton’s men’s team had sole possession of first place until this past weekend when the Tigers lost to Brown in a major upset.
Even though Harvard’s men’s hockey team has struggled earlier in the season, the squad has been holding its own and impressing many in the past week. Sophomore defensemen Danny Biega put up a series of impressive performances, winning Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week, ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Player of the Week, and Harvard COOP Athlete of the Week.
Even though Harvard, the country's No. 2 ranked women’s squash team, is coming off a tough loss to No. 1 Yale in the national championship, the squad must now prepare for the CSA Individual Championships from March 4-6. The Back Page gives you an opportunity to meet the team’s captain, Alisha Mashruwala. In this exclusive interview, Mashruwala reveals her pre-match playlist, her desire to be taller, and which tennis pro she would like to go on a date with. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.
Name: Alisha Mashruwala
Stats: So far this season, Mashruwala has gone 8-5, mostly playing at No. 3. Last year, Mashruwala finished 10-5 overall as she helped her squad win a national title and was named to the All-America Second Team. In her first two seasons, she went a combined 24-5.
Now, to the questions!