Around the Water Cooler: Shall We Dance

Published by Robert S Samuels on March 08, 2011 at 3:11AM

Two big stories dominated the Ivy League this weekend. First, Emma Watson announced that she would take a temporary leave of absence from Brown. But the Harvard men’s basketball team (almost) made up for that loss. Facing a do-or-die situation, Harvard chose the former, riding to its first-ever Ivy League championship. Shockingly, other teams played over the weekend too. In squash, Harvard dealt with an unexpected loss, while a Princeton player became the first American to win it all in two decades. Take a break from those midterms, as we explain it all in another edition of Around the Water Cooler.

So in case you haven’t heard, Harvard had a pretty good week in men’s basketball. After beating Penn, 79-64, the Crimson came back the following night and, in the biggest game in program history, beat visiting Princeton, 79-67. The contest received national coverage, with airtime on ESPN3 and a number of tweets by Bill Simmons (who, in the best tweet of the night, wrote, “No. 33 from Princeton just killed a puppy”).


Harvard Picks Up Two Prep Stars

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on March 07, 2011 at 3:11AM

The rich are getting richer. Two of Harvard's stronger teams, men's lightweight crew and women's soccer, will welcome top recruits to campus next fall—a C.R.A.S.H.-B. champion and a Central Florida Player of the Year, respectively.


Weekend Preview: It's Now or Never

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on March 04, 2011 at 3:11AM

Sophomore forward Kyle Casey will have his hands full this weekend as the Crimson tries to keep its Ivy title hopes alive.

It’s time for the Weekend Preview! After two weeks off from previewing all of the weekend matches, I’m excited to be back…and it could not be a more action-packed weekend to welcome my return. Just as the parents are arriving for Junior Parents Weekend, multiple athletic teams are gearing up for one of the busiest weekend in a while.

All eyes will be on the men’s basketball team as it battles for a spot in the NCAA Tournament against Penn and Princeton this week. Going into last weekend, Harvard was the frontrunner to take first place in the Ivy League, but lost a critical matchup against the Bulldogs, 70-69, allowing Princeton to slide into first place. The Crimson will look to keep its title hopes alive in two of the biggest home matches in Crimson history: the first game against Penn tonight at 7 p.m. and the second against Princeton tomorrow night at the same time. Harvard holds a 21-5 (10-2 Ivy) record, but Princeton possesses a slight advantage with a 22-5 (10-1 Ivy) record.


The Full Court Press: Oliver McNally '12

Published by Eric L. Michel on March 03, 2011 at 3:11AM

With the men’s basketball team’s regular season wrapping up at home this weekend against Penn and Princeton, the Back Page gives you an opportunity to meet junior co-captain Oliver McNally, one of the team’s starting guards. In this exclusive interview, McNally reveals his pre-game playlist, a time when he was posterized by a high school player, and his apparent resemblance to a character in “The Social Network.” Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.


Carroll Earns MLX Skates Goaltender of the Week Honors

Published by Robert S Samuels on March 03, 2011 at 3:11AM

Good news keeps rolling in for the Harvard men’s hockey team.

For his big role in last week’s wins over Brown, Clarkson, and St. Lawrence, senior goaltender Ryan Carroll earned the title of “MLX Skates Goaltender of the Week,” given weekly to the top netminder in the ECAC. Carroll’s award comes just a week after sophomore forward Danny Biega took home the prize for ECAC Player of the Week.