Sophomore Christian Webster, shown here in earlier action, looks to help Harvard stay strong in its non-conference slate.
After last weekend’s exciting lineup of matches, including the Crimson football team’s win over Yale on Saturday, there is much less action for Harvard fans this weekend. Only four squads compete in six matchups over the Thanksgiving weekend.
First up is the men’s basketball team against Colorado at home on Sunday at 1 p.m. The men are currently on a three-game winning streak and look to extend this success against the Buffaloes. Though the Crimson has a 3-1 record for the season, the past two matches have been close wins, including a 69-66 victory at Bryant on Wednesday, when sophomore Christian Webster scored the game-winning three with just 23 seconds left. Harvard will have to step up its play to pull out a win in front of its home crowd: Colorado has been triumphant in the only two meetings the squads have had, including a 70-57 victory last year, and the Crimson has never beaten a Big 12 team.
Sophomore Laura Bellamy, shown here in earlier action, couldn't keep Harvard from falling to No. 7 Minnesota, 3-0 this week.
Power plays proved to be the Achilles heel for the Harvard women’s hockey team (4-3-2, 4-2-2 ECAC) in its 3-0 loss at No. 7 Minnesota tonight. The match was the first in a two-games series between the No. 9 Crimson and the Golden Gophers (9-5-0, 5-5-0 WCHA) and provided Harvard’s first non-conference loss of the season.
Minnesota struck in the first period, despite the Crimson recording an 11-4 edge in shots, establishing an early lead over Harvard after taking advantage of a power-play opportunity. After sophomore Hilary Hayssen was whistled for slashing, Mira Jalosuo capitalized on the advantage off assists from teammates Amanda Kessel and Becky Kortum.
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.
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126—Number of miles separating Cambridge and Hanover, N.H. The Harvard men’s hockey team takes on Dartmouth this weekend in a home-and-home series. The Crimson will host the Big Green tomorrow at home then travel to Hanover on Saturday.
34—Saves made by Harvard assistant captain goaltender Kyle Richter in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Princeton.
8—National rank for the Crimson in scoring defense.
2.17—Number of goals allowed by Harvard per game. Despite its stellar defense, the Crimson is just 2-4 on the season.
The Harvard women’s squash squad is off to a stellar start this season—it’s currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, and the women have not dropped a single match in their three 9-0 victories against Brown, Stanford, and Williams.
More impressive is the solid string of matches played by the women who, as freshmen last season, saw little varsity action
In her rookie season, sophomore Vidya Rajan hit the squash courts for four matches at the No. 10 position. Despite going 4-0, the Bellevue, Wa. native never made it into one of the top nine positions during the season.
It is not entirely uncommon to hear a story of alumni giving back to Harvard financially as a way to show their gratitude for the opportunities and life changing experiences they were able to have as students. But what is uncommon is the one-in-a-kind gift that Harvard men’s swimming and diving alumnus Francis X. Gorman ’59 bestowed onto his old team. By doing so, Gorman gave back to Harvard in one of the most unique ways in recent memory.
On Nov. 19, during a reception that marked the 80th anniversary of the men’s swimming and diving team, Gorman stunned alumni and current students alike by announcing that he was donating his Olympic silver medal to Harvard.