We’re in the thick of reading and finals period and many of you are probably hibernating to finish writing final papers and studying for exams for which you’ve never cracked open a textbook. It seems that the athletic teams are also undergoing this hibernation period. There’s not much action for Harvard sports teams this weekend, but there are still three home matchups for fans who want to cheer on the Crimson squads.
The men’s basketball team hosts Boston University tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Going into last weekend, the men’s squad had won five straight games, but the streak ended against Michigan in a three-point defeat. The Crimson rebounded and dominated against Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday to add another win to its record. Currently 6-2, the men are going to have to work hard to win against Boston University tomorrow. The last time the two teams faced off was in 2008 when the Terriers handed the Crimson its second loss of the season. The team has improved, though, in the past two years and will be sure to give Boston University much tougher competition this time around.
Senior Dan Chenoweth was one of ten Crimson athletes honored with an Academic All-Ivy accolade.
As the campus puts its collective nose to the grindstone in preparation for the start of finals, this term’s work has already begun to pay off for many Harvard student-athletes.
Ten Crimson athletes earned Academic All-Ivy honors this fall, according to an announcement made by Ancient Eight officials yesterday.
Leading the way for Harvard teams, with two honorees apiece, are football, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and sailing.
Football captain Colin Zych and senior wide receiver Zar Zavala were selected, as were junior forward Melanie Baskind and senior forward Katherine Sheeleigh of women’s soccer.
Women’s volleyball junior co-captain Anne Carroll Ingersoll and classmate middle blocker Sandra Lynne Fryhofer were also honored on this year’s list of selections in addition to junior Alexandra Jumper and senior Alan Palmer of the sailing team.
Men’s cross-country and men’s water polo were also represented, as senior distance runner Daniel Chenoweth and water polo co-captain Bret Voith garnered the same accolade.
Baskind, Chenoweth, Sheeleigh, and Zych were also members of the Academic All-Ivy team last fall.
Each college in the Ancient Eight is given the opportunity to nominate five men and five women to receive this distinction as each term draws to a close. Nominees must maintain a GPA of at least a 3.0 and be a starter or “key reserve” for their respective varsity team.
This week's around the water cooler takes us indoors, where Ivy League basketball and hockey are in full swing.
Whether to escape the cold or to hit the books, everyone’s been spending a lot of time indoors as of late, and Ivy League sports teams are no exception. Hockey’s well underway, with two Ancient Eight squads leading the way nationally. And in basketball, the Ivy League is trying to continue its new tradition of upsetting big teams. Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything in our weekly chat around the water cooler.
This year, men’s hockey just isn’t Harvard’s game. The squad hasn’t taken home a “W” since Nov. 12, and since that time, the Crimson has been outscored, 25-10. Consequently, Harvard now finds itself at the bottom of the ECAC standings, ranked 11th out of the 12 teams. And the competition won’t get any easier tonight, as the Crimson faces off against No. 18 Quinnipiac, which found the back of the net five times in its last match against Harvard.
But while the Crimson is struggling, other Ivy League teams are ripping it up, as Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth round out the top three teams in the ECAC. In fact, the Bulldogs are, for the first time in school history, the top-ranked team in the nation. In this week’s poll, Yale slipped past former No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth to claim the top spot, and with good reason: off to their strongest start in 81 years, the Bulldogs have only dropped one contest so far and have yet to score less than three goals in a game.
Published by Kate Leist
on December 08, 2010 at 3:11AM
In the last weekend before many ECAC squads break for the holidays, only two teams—Cornell and Quinnipiac—really got in the holiday spirit. But the biggest gainer in this week’s edition of the power rankings? That would be Colgate, who rode an eight-goal outburst all the way to...a weekend split. Such is life in ECAC Hockey. Let’s see who’s moving towards the top of Santa’s list and who’s doomed to get coal in their stockings.
1. Cornell (13-1-0, 8-0-0 ECAC, 1st in conference)
The Big Red held onto its No. 1 spot in the national polls after beating Syracuse, St. Lawrence, and Clarkson by an aggregate 10-2 count last week. Cornell hasn’t allowed more than a goal in a game since a Nov. 2 overtime loss to Mercyhurst.
2. Quinnipiac (13-6-1, 6-5, 2nd)
The Bobcats vaulted into second place in the ECAC with a pair of dominant wins over Yale and Brown. Freshman Kelly Babstock set the single-season program goals record last weekend (yes, that’s right, in the first weekend of December) when she netted her 16th tally of the season, earning her conference player of the week honors.
3. St. Lawrence (8-7-2, 4-3-0, 7th)
The Saints got a puck past Cornell goaltender Amanda Mazzotta last weekend, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. St. Lawrence’s 5-3 win over Colgate on Saturday gives it some momentum heading into a tough series with No. 3 Mercyhurst this weekend.
Sophomore and defending national champion Laura Gemmell has held on to her spot atop the CSA individual national rankings.
The women’s College Squash Association has just released its preseason individual rankings for the 2010-11 season, and the results look very promising for the undefeated Harvard squash team (5-0, 3-0 Ivy).
The rankings, which cite the top 100 players, were compiled using the 2009-10 women’s final individual rankings as well as coach’s estimations of their players and their team’s line-ups.
The CSA also capped each team’s representation at 10 players.
The No. 1 Crimson definitely made a dent in the rankings—10 of the squad’s roster have made the list, with eight athletes falling in the top 50.
Sitting atop the rankings, sophomore Laura Gemmell has held onto her position from the end of last season. Directly below her is Trinity’s Pamela Hathway. The junior faced Gemmell last season in the CSA national individual championship match, falling after five drawn-out frames. If these rankings are a prediction of championship play to come, Gemmell and Hathway are on track for a heated rematch.