Boston sports fans have grown accustomed to the New England Patriots going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s just supposed to happen. But after an early exit by the hometown football team, sports junkies will have to settle for another February Boston tradition: the Beanpot.
A staple of intercollegiate rivalry, the Beanpot features four Boston-area men’s hockey teams: Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, and Northeastern. Historically, Boston University has dominated, winning 29 times since the annual tournament began in 1952.
After marking herself as one of the top skiers in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Rebecca Nadler headed to Erzurum, Turkey to take on a slightly deeper field: the world.
On Saturday, Nadler placed 21st in the women's slalom event at the World University Games.
Given the 30th starting spot in the first run, Nadler posted a 24th place finish in the first run before using a strong second-run to bump herself up three places.
The last time the No. 1 Trinity men’s squash team lost, Bill Clinton was still president, Titanic had just come out, and Google wouldn’t be founded for another seven months.
Since that Feb. 22, 1998 loss to Harvard, the Bantams (14-0, 7-0 NESCAC) have won an unprecedented 238 consecutive matches—the longest streak of any kind in NCAA Division I history—and 12 consecutive national championships.
The Harvard women’s lacrosse team’s quest for an Ivy League championship kicked off Tuesday afternoon with the Crimson’s first practice of the 2011 season.
After its young squad posted a fifth-place conference finish and an 8-7 overall record in 2010, Harvard has reason to be optimistic heading into the upcoming season.
But the Crimson’s road to the top of the conference will be a difficult one.
This season, Harvard is slated to go up against seven opponents ranked in Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s Women’s Top 20—No. 7 Virginia, No. 8 Penn, No. 12 Dartmouth, No. 14 Stanford, No. 17 Boston College, No. 18 Princeton, and No. 19 Johns Hopkins.
In fact, the Crimson will take on four ranked opponents in its first five matchups.
While last season’s squad went 0-4 against opponents that finished in the top 20, there is reason to believe that this year’s Harvard team will fare better.
For one, the Crimson returns 89 percent of its scoring, including its top four goal scorers—sophomores Jennifer VanderMeulen, Danielle Tetreault, and Micaela Cyr, and junior co-captain Melanie Baskind.
VanderMeulen led the pack, tallying a league-high 56 goals while finishing third in the nation in goals per game.
But this season, Harvard should add even more firepower to its offense thanks to the return of Jessica Halpern.
Halpern—the 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year—suffered a season-ending injury two games into the 2010 season. But Halpern is expected to be back in uniform for the Crimson’s opener at Stanford on Feb. 27.
In her first two seasons with Harvard, Halpern combined for 80 goals and 21 assists.
Along with the heaps of snow, this winter has brought the 50th anniversary of ECAC Hockey.
And, joining in the celebrations after being named one of the top-50 players in league history is former Olympian and Harvard athlete Lane MacDonald ’88-’89.
The seventh installment of the list made its debut this past Wednesday, and MacDonald made the cut from a pool of no fewer than 145 nominees. His achievement marks the fourth time a Crimson player has nabbed a spot on the list, after Mark Fusco ’83, Joe Cavanagh ’71, and Gene Kinasewich ’64.
During his years donning a Harvard jersey, MacDonald led his squad to a 31-1 record and an NCAA title—the first in Crimson Athletics history. He also racked up numerous accolades, including the Bingham Award (awarded to one Harvard senior male), the Hobey Baker Award (for the honor of college hockey’s top player), and the title of Beanpot MVP, among numerous others.
Outside the college circuit, MacDonald made waves on the U.S. National Team and the Olympic Team in 1988, for which he took a year off from school.
Now, MacDonald sits atop the Crimson leader board for all-time scorers with 111 goals, and he ranks second all-time in points with 225.
Hopefully, the exciting news will breathe some fresh inspiration into the men’s hockey program, which is 1-8 in its last nine games. The crew will need it for its next game against No. 3 Yale—the Bulldogs have only four losses, which match the number of wins for Harvard this season.