The countdown to The Game can officially begin. In just six days, the Crimson football team will take to the field at Harvard Stadium to play Yale in the last game of the season.
Although yesterday’s loss puts the Crimson out of the running for the Ivy League Championship, the game, fueled by hundreds of years of rivalry, is still sure to be exciting.
And while we hope we can say the same for the tailgate, it seems like the Harvard administration is doing anything it can to stifle the student tradition that necessarily accompanies any big collegiate football matchup.
Life in the post-Jeremy Lin ’10 era of Harvard men’s basketball got off to a rocky start this afternoon, as the Crimson (0-1) fell to George Mason (1-0) in its season opener, 66-53.
Playing without sophomore Kyle Casey, who suffered a broken foot in early October, Harvard struggled offensively, shooting 32.7 percent from the field and turning the ball over 24 times.
But despite the lackluster offensive performance, the Crimson managed to stay in the contest until midway through the second period. With 16:13 left in the second half, the Patriots used 14-0 run over the next 6:39 of play to grab a 20-point lead, sealing the victory for George Mason in front of 6,536 fans at the Patriot Center.
It’s the last week before Harvard-Yale, and plenty of teams are taking on Ivy competition in conference matches to prepare for the big event.
The football team hits the road again this week against Penn tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in its sixth conference matchup. Last week, Harvard extended its win streak to three, defeating Columbia, 23-7. Chances are good that the Crimson can continue its winning ways. The squad holds a 45-33-2 record over the Quakers and has won four of the past six meetings.
The Harvard women’s soccer team may not have ended the season with an Ivy League championship trophy, but that didn’t keep the Crimson from taking home its share of hardware.
Earlier today, the Ivy League office announced that Harvard co-captain Katherine Sheeleigh was voted the 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year, making her the first Crimson player to be selected for the honor since 1999.
“It was awesome," Sheeleigh said. "I was just really excited, really surprised when I got the call from [coach Ray Leone]. It was just a big shock."
The forward concluded her Harvard career with a stellar senior campaign, leading the Ancient Eight in both points and goals with 24 and nine, respectively. The co-captain’s nine goals this season give her 31 on her collegiate career, good for fifth in Crimson history. Sheeleigh added an assist in tonight's 3-1 win over Fairfield.
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2: The number of wins Harvard has on the road against Penn this decade. The Crimson travels to Franklin Field this Saturday to take on the league-leading Quakers.