Despite a disappointing 2010 season, some members of the Harvard men’s soccer team do have something to be proud of this year.
Sophomore midfielder Scott Prozeller, sophomore forward Brian Rogers, and senior co-captain Robert Millock were named to the All-Ivy League Second Team yesterday, while junior goalie Austin Harms garnered an All-Ivy honorable mention.
“I was certainly excited,” Prozeller said. “I try to become the best player I can so it’s always great to be recognized for your performance. But this season I think I take it more with a grain of salt because we had such high expectations...The team not doing so well kind of diminishes the glory of any individual recognition.”
While everyone’s mind is on The Game, other sporting events are still going on. Shocking. The Ivy League football title is still not totally secure, and four Ancient Eight soccer teams have qualified for the men’s NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, in cross country, there are still a couple of big races left, especially for Harvard’s stud runner. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us, as we’ll show you in a little trip around the water cooler.
As the Ivy League football season winds to a close, Penn has practically locked up the league title. All the Quakers have to do is beat Cornell this Saturday in Ithaca, and it should be a pretty easy victory. In fact, Penn has scored more than twice as many points as the Big Red while allowing over 100 points fewer.
Although another Ivy League football game a few hundred miles south might be getting a little more attention, Penn-Cornell has some history of its own. The two teams have faced off 116 times and have done so every year since 1919. The Quakers have held the upper hand from the start, winning the first game, 50-0, and taking 66 of the next 115 contests. It looks as if the tradition of Penn dominance will continue on Saturday.
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.
8: Number of wins for Harvard in its last nine meetings with Yale. The Bulldogs still lead the series, 65-53-8.
14: Points scored by the Crimson in the fourth quarter in its 14-10 come-from-behind win over Yale last year.
3: Number of interceptions thrown by junior quarterback Collier Winters in last week’s 34-14 loss to Penn.
0: Number of interceptions thrown by Yale quarterback Patrick Witt in the Bulldogs’ 14-13 win over Princeton last week. Witt–a transfer from Nebraska–leads the Ivy League in passing, with 2018 yards thrown and 252.2 yards per game.
With the plethora of varsity sports Harvard has to offer, it’s easy to overlook the equally wide array of its club programs. The Radcliffe club rugby team, however, is letting its record speak for itself and quickly gaining distinction for its success. The team posted a 6-1 regular season record, good enough to qualify them for postseason competition.
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.
Harvard coach Tim Murphy was in an unenviable position on Saturday afternoon. In his team’s biggest game of the season, the Crimson simply got outplayed. Penn won at least a share of an Ivy title on Franklin Field, and Murphy knew his team was out of the running for its sixth crown under his leadership. He took an accordingly somber tone at the postgame press conference, giving due credit to Penn and accepting responsibility for the Crimson’s shortcomings. We take a look at what Murphy’s comments say about Harvard heading into the Yale game this weekend in this week’s edition of Sound Off.