Though the French Open didn’t kick off until Sunday, the Harvard club tennis team faced some big-time competition of its own earlier last weekend.
The Crimson placed an impressive sixth out of 64 teams at the USTA National Campus Championships on April 6-9 in Cary, N.C., while UCLA took home the national title, winning its final match against Florida, 30-19.
Harvard baseball may have dropped another one to Northeastern this evening, but the Huskies, and especially the team’s catcher John Puttress, are still indebted to the Crimson.
That’s right. Today marks the 135th anniversary of Harvard’s greatest contribution to baseball: the catcher’s mask.
Along with countless contributions to the landscape of American sports, the story of the first catcher’s mask is one of the University’s proudest athletic achievements. It’s also one of its most contested, despite what’s written in Harvard’s Hall of Athletic History.
It may not be in-season for the Crimson’s women’s volleyball team, but that certainly has not kept it away from competition.
Last weekend, Harvard took part in a four-team tournament hosted by Boston College, in which the Crimson faced the Boston-based Eagles, Bryant, and the University of Connecticut. Harvard emerged from the weekend without dropping a match—drawing with Boston College, and beating the Bulldogs and the Huskies outright.
The Harvard men's soccer team played an exhibition game against the Haitian national team on Sunday. Proceeds from the game, which attracted 11,513 fans, went to Partners in Health. The two teams tied 0-0 in regulation and Haiti won 4-1 in penalty kicks.
It’s not every day that you hear as much Haitian Creole at Harvard Stadium as you do English. Yesterday’s friendly between the Harvard men’s soccer and the Haitian national team brought a unique environment to the century-old field.
For one, the game attracted over 11,000 fans, a figure generally reserved for attendance at football games. But most of the people that lined the cement bleachers of the stadium rowdily supported the Caribbean team, and Harvard fans were left in a small and very silent minority.
Two Ivy League men’s soccer teams face a different kind of competitor this weekend: the Haiti National Team.
To raise money for the continuing relief efforts in Haiti, the country's national team visited Dartmouth last night and faces off against Harvard tomorrow night at Harvard Stadium.