Top Five Fall Sports Games

Published by Martin Kessler on September 02, 2011 at 11:16PM

College is all about time management. With only 24 precious hours each day, we are constantly making choices about how to plan our schedules so that we can pass our classes and still make room for life’s important things: racking up kill streaks in Call of Duty, sinking jumpers at the MAC, and complaining about Ron and Sam’s dysfunctional relationship.

When all the day’s hours are finally divvied up, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that, for most students, not much time is left over for attending Harvard sporting events. (If this doesn’t apply to you then you should probably comp The Crimson’s sports board this semester).

For those of you who are only planning to make the trip across the river a few times this fall, we at The Back Page are here to help out. We’ve compiled a list of the top five Harvard sporting events to attend this fall so you can be a Crimson Crazy without spending too much time away from video games (or the library).

No. 5: Football vs. Penn. Nov. 12, 12 p.m.

“The Game” may get all the hype, but if the past two seasons are any indication, the Harvard-Penn matchup will be the one that decides who takes home the Ivy League title. This year appears to be no different, as the Quakers and Crimson enter the 2011 season predicted to finish first and second, respectively, in the Ancient Eight by the members of the media. This time around, Harvard will have home-field advantage, as the two-time defending champs will travel to Harvard Stadium in November.

No. 4: Men’s soccer vs. Northeastern. Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

Fans looking to get in a few games before classes start to heat up should take a trip to the Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium this Sunday for the men’s soccer team’s season opener. The lights will be on as the Crimson take the pitch against cross-town rival Northeastern.

No. 3: Women’s soccer vs. Penn. Sept. 23, 6 p.m.

Talk about jumping right into the thick of things. The Harvard women’s soccer team kicks off its conference schedule against the reigning Ivy champions. And with only seven Ancient Eight matchups, an early loss would be disastrous for a Crimson squad seeking its third title in the last four years.

No. 2: Head of the Charles. Oct. 22-23.

While it’s not exactly clear how one should actually watch a crew race (are you supposed to run with the boats along the banks of the river or just sit there and watch for a few seconds as they pass by?), the Head of the Charles is not to be missed. The world’s largest two-day regatta will be back in Cambridge once again this October. If rowing doesn’t excite you, never fear. There should be enough free ice cream and popcorn in the tents set up along the river to keep you happy.

No. 1: Football at Yale. Nov. 19, 12:00 p.m.

I don’t think this one needs much explanation, but being in the stands (or parking lot) for “The Game” is well worth the trip to New Haven. The stakes could be even higher than usual when the two squads meet for the season finale this year, as both squads boast championship-caliber rosters.


Campbell, Lofgren to Race in Finals on Friday

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on September 02, 2011 at 10:11PM

Harvard sophomore Andrew Campbell made his third world championship final in two years after he finished second in today's lightweight single semifinals at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. In the process, he became the first lightweight to make the finals of the event since Steve Tucker achieved the same feat in 2002.

In the first semifinal of the event, Campbell finished five seconds behind Henrik Stephansen of Denmark and posted the fifth fastest time of the day.

The result followed an impressive heat win in which Campbell pushed past Italian sculler Pietro Ruta in the final sprint of the race to take the heat by .3 seconds. Ruta, who took second in the day's other semifinal, will have another shot at the Crimson sophomore in the final.

Earlier this summer, Campbell took bronze at the U23 World Championships. The 19-year-old took silver at last year's junior world championships.

Also in the running for a World Championship tomorrow is Esther Lofgren '07-'09. Lofgren, racing in the bow seat of the women's eight, is aiming for her second straight world championship in the event.

Basketball's Kenyi Leaving Harvard

Published by Martin Kessler on August 15, 2011 at 10:11PM

Former men’s basketball starter Max Kenyi will not be back in a Harvard uniform this fall, Kenyi told The Crimson this afternoon.

“I won’t be back,” said Kenyi, who took a voluntary leave of absence from Harvard for personal reasons this past October—just two months into his junior year.


NFL Squads Nab Harvard Grads

Published by Scott A. Sherman on July 29, 2011 at 11:08PM

For most students, the summer after graduation provides the chance to relax and reflect, possibly celebrating the fact that the days of papers and problem sets are over.

But for Harvard football’s Brent Osborne and Collin Zych, the real work is only just beginning.

After both players went undrafted in April, the duo waited 87 long days for the chance to begin pursuing their football dreams, and with the lifting of the NFL lockout on Tuesday, both acted quickly in taking a giant step towards the next level.

On the first day NFL teams were allowed to sign undrafted free agents, the former Crimson stand-outs were snatched up quickly, with Osborne, an offensive lineman, signing with the Seattle Seahawks and Zych, a safety, catching on with his hometown Dallas Cowboys.


Alex Meyer '10 First American To Qualify for 2012 Olympic Games

Published by Scott A. Sherman on July 20, 2011 at 10:11PM

The first American to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games was not Michael Phelps, LeBron James, or Hope Solo.

Instead, it was Alex Meyer ’10, the former Crimson swimming co-captain who earned his place in London after competing in the men’s 10-kilometer open water race at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai on Tuesday night. Meyer’s time of 1:54.33.1 was good for fourth place along with a spot in next summer’s Olympics.