In the world of Ivy League athletics, some things never change: Princeton dominates preppy women’s sports like lacrosse and field hockey; Brown manages to squander winning opportunities; and former basketball players find homes in obscure professional leagues overseas. This past week was no exception to the norm as the No. 4 Princeton field hockey team kept its undefeated streak alive, the Brown men’s soccer team won only one game despite three shutouts from its goalkeeper, and two former Columbia basketball players signed contracts to play in the English Basketball League.
Brown goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand had a week to remember. In three games and 310 minutes of play, Grandstrand did not let a single ball find the back of the net, knocking away all 13 shots he faced. Grandstrand was named Ivy League and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. But despite its keeper’s stingy defense, Brown managed only one victory on the week, a 1-0 win over South Carolina. In the Bears’ other matchups against Providence and Hofstra, neither team scored, resulting in two 0-0 deadlocks.
Harvard boasts a nation's-best 41 varsity sports teams and makes sure to include that fact in as many recruiting and admissions publications as possible. But for those students who didn’t quite make the cut (or don’t really care for 6 a.m. lifting sessions) but still enjoy a little competition, intramurals offer the perfect venue.
But before anyone takes to the field/court/track/pool for their house or dorm, it may be helpful to know some of the basic guidelines–and surprisingly enough, there are a lot of them, all included in the Intramural Athletics Rule Book.
Each Friday, 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.
KICKING OFF THE NEW SEASON
2 — Number of days until the Harvard football team plays its home opener against Holy Cross. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
2 — Harvard’s rank among all FCS schools in all-time wins. The Crimson, second only to Yale, boast 805 victories.
4 — Number of consecutive night games the football team has played to open the season.
5 — Number of blue chip basketball recruits slated to be on site for the Crimson’s football game on Saturday.
250 — Number of students that will get a free BBQ dinner at the Crimson Athletics-sponsored Pregame Party. The event, part of efforts to boost undergraduate attendance at the football game, is scheduled for Saturday at 5 pm in the Dillon Quad.
Here in the Northeast, where people are obsessed with hockey and other frozen sports, water polo doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves. But as sophomore Max Eliot proves in this interview, Harvard’s water polo team has got just as much going on (and wants to beat Brown just as badly) as any other Crimson squad. 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.
Name: Max Eliot
Stats: Eliot made his mark during his freshman season as Harvard’s fourth-highest scorer with 25 goals and was named the CWPA Rookie of the week three times. He has also scored a goal in each of his three collegiate matchups against George Washington, including the game-winner in the last minute of play in Sunday’s 9-8 win over the Colonials at the Princeton Invitational.
1.Typical pre-game meal.
Whatever looks good in the dining hall that isn’t really fatty or loaded in grease. I always try to have some rice or pasta for carbs too.
Lonnie Jackson, a 6’4”, 170-lb. senior at Valencia High School (Valencia, Calif.), has confirmed to The Back Page that he is being recruited by Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker and his staff.
According to ESPN, Jackson “has a terrific looking jump shot with a very smooth release.” The shooting guard, rated at three stars by both Scout and Rivals, averaged over 23 points per game for Valencia last season.
Jackson said he currently has offers from Southern Methodist University, Boston College, Pepperdine, Penn, Harvard, and Northeastern. He is also interested in Stanford, which has not given him an offer at this point. Having not taken any official visits, Jackson said all the schools are even at this point.