Weekend Preview: Fall Sports Head North

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on October 29, 2010 at 3:11AM

The football team's road trip to Dartmouth headlines a busy weekend for Harvard athletics.

This weekend proves to be an exciting one, with four Harvard teams traveling to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green and other teams playing home matches for Crimson fans to enjoy.

Football stays on the road, traveling to Dartmouth this weekend, three weeks before the biggest Game of the year. The Crimson face off against the Big Green tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., looking to pick up its third conference victory. Last time out, the Crimson’s offense led the team to victory with a 45-28 win over Princeton to bring the team record to 4-2. Dartmouth also won last weekend, narrowly defeating Columbia, 24-21, but Harvard has won 12 of the last 13 meetings with Dartmouth and seeks to continue this dominant record.

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Around the Water Cooler: Mid-Fall Check Up

Published by Oluwatoni A. Campbell on October 28, 2010 at 3:11AM

It’s been a busy week here in Cambridge and on other Ivy campuses. The Head of the Charles came and went, winter sports have started, and homecomings are arriving. But in this season of change, much has stayed the same. The Ivies are still good at rowing, Princeton is still good at basketball, and Dartmouth’s football team will still play and lose to Harvard. Let’s take a trip around the water cooler and breakdown the latest and greatest from the Ancient Eight.

Coming out of the Head of the Charles weekend, the big story that dominated the pages was Harvard taking home the MacMahon Cup Regatta Point Trophy for the most total points by any club, school, college or university. However, the story that was buried under the accolades for Harvard was the strong showing that the Ivy League overall at Head of The Charles Regatta. For example, Princeton’s lightweight crew, which will go into the 2011 season as the two-time defending EARC and IRA national champions, smashed a 13-year-old course record on the Charles by nearly 12 seconds. Yale's lightweight crew took the top two spots in the lightweight four, while Princeton's women beat the reigning NCAA champion Virginia by more than eight seconds.

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Magic of Numbers: Battle of Colors

Published by Kevin T. Chen on October 28, 2010 at 3:11AM

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.

114 —Number of times Harvard and Dartmouth will have played each other after this Saturday’s football game in Hanover, N.H.

35 — Points the Crimson has averaged over its last five games.

204 — Number of yards gained on 20 carries by senior tailback Gino Gordon in last week’s win over Princeton.

122 — Yards on the ground for the Big Green’s Nick Schweiger in Dartmouth’s close win over Columbia last week.

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The Full-Court Press: Kate Buesser '11

Published by Eric L. Michel on October 27, 2010 at 3:11AM

With the women’s ice hockey team opening its season at home on Friday against Yale, the Back Page gives you an opportunity to meet co-captain Kate Buesser, the team’s scoring leader as well as an All-ECAC and All-Ivy first team selection. In this exclusive interview, Buesser reveals her pre-game routine that includes Celine Dion, her embarrassing fall during practice, why she considers herself like Yale, and her love for a Patriots player. 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: Kate Buesser

Year: 2011

Stats: In three seasons, Buesser has played in all of her team’s 99 games, scoring 28 goals and 38 assists. Last season, Buesser played in 33 games, racking up 16 goals, 24 assists and 119 shots, all team highs.

Now, to the questions!

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Gordon Rushing His Way to the Top

Published by Madeleine Smith on October 27, 2010 at 3:11AM

Harvard’s used to being at the top of plenty of lists, and every once in a while so are its athletes. And with a series of impressive performances the past few weeks, Gino Gordon has become one of those athletes.

Gordon, the COOP Athlete of the Week and Ivy League co-Offensive Player of Week, is ranked number two in the nation in yards-per-carry (7.8). That mark is also far and above the highest in the Ivy League, followed in second by fellow Crimson running back Treavor Scales (6.4 ypc), who is also ranked 10th nationally.

Gordon’s stats were boosted by his play in this weekend’s 45-28 win over Princeton. He rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 20 carries and a 26-yard touchdown. Gordon also had four receptions off returning quarterbacks Andrew Hatch and Collier Winters.

Gordon has run for no less than 100 yards in each of Harvard’s last four games to jump to fourth on the Crimson’s all-time list with 2,295 career yards.