League play is now underway in the Ancient Eight. The baseball and softball teams just finished two league double-headers and will play again this weekend, assuming the weather clears up a little. But the biggest news this week came from winter sports: Princeton’s basketball coach made a surprising announcement, and an Ivy League hockey player passed way after a two-year bout with leukemia. We’ll give you all the details in another edition of Around the Water Cooler.
Harvard affiliates have been named to a wide variety of Hall of Fames throughout the world over the years. But one Hall not often frequented by those associated with the university is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
But on Monday, former Crimson head coach Tom “Satch” Sanders earned that prestigious honor, as he was selected by the Veterans Committee for enshrinement on Aug. 12.
It’s not every day that a college team gets to play a country’s national team, but the Harvard men’s soccer squad will have a chance to play against a competitive international opponent while supporting a great cause.
The Haiti national soccer team, ranked 99th in the world out of 202 FIFA teams, is traveling on a five-day tour through the Northeast to help raise money for relief efforts in the country. Harvard and Haiti are working with Partners in Health to help Haiti rebuild after the devastating 7.0 M earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. Though new crises have struck the world, the Caribbean nation is still in a reconstruction phase one year later.
The earthquake had lasting effects for the squad; during 2010, the Haitians lost 30 people close to the soccer team. Even so, the Haitian team looks to build its soccer program back to its glory almost 40 years ago, qualifying for the World Cup in 1974.
The Crimson (5-7-5, 2-3-2 Ivy) finished the season under .500, but the game will be a good exhibition for the returning players before season play picks up next fall.
The match will take place on April 10 at 5 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. It is part of a series of games against the Ivy League, as the national team will have played Dartmouth on Friday. Tickets will be $10 for the general public and free to undergraduates, but donations will be accepted. All should attend to watch high-caliber soccer while supporting the Haitians and their recuperation efforts. For those who cannot make it, there will be live video stream online.
See the YouTube video for a preview of the match. It's interesting to note that graduated Crimson forward Andre Akpan '10 is featured on the game's poster—hopefully, the Haiti national team's game plan does not involve having to account for the Colorado Rapids forward's prolific scoring.
With the Major League Baseball season officially starting today, and Harvard’s own baseball team toiling at 3-16, it’s a fair question to ask what—if any—relationship the Crimson and the big leagues have had over the years.
In February, we discussed Frank Hermann ’06 and his foray into the majors, pitching for the Cleveland Indians.
Hermann is the first Harvard baseball player to reach the majors since Jeff Musselman ’85 suited up for the Blue Jays and Mets between 1985 and 1990. But before Musselman, the Crimson had a pretty extensive history of major leaguers.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
125: The number of points Dean Gibbons has scored in his career so far as a Harvard lacrosse player. He is 24 points away from making Harvard’s top ten list for scoring.
62: The number of bouts freshman fencer Alex Kiefer has won this year, culminating in her 2011 NCAA foil title.
21: The number of games that Jennifer VanderMeulen has scored in—every game of her career as a Crimson lacrosse player.
147: The number of strikeouts Harvard softball pitcher Rachel Brown has thrown this season. She currently leads the Ivy League in this category.
4: The number of consecutive matches the Crimson men’s tennis team has won. Harvard will play its first Ivy League matchup on Friday.
4: The number of women’s squash athletes that earned All-American honors.