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.
THREE YARDS AND A CLOUD OF DUST
158 — Yards on the ground for senior tailback Gino Gordon last week in the Crimson’s 31-17 win over Cornell.
93 — Yards gained by sophomore tailback Treavor Scales in the same game.
146.4 — Yards per game allowed by Lehigh so far this season. Harvard returns home to the Stadium this Saturday to take on the Mountain Hawks. Kickoff is set for noon.
10-4 — Record the Crimson holds in non-conference games since the 1999 football season.
Ask anyone for the biggest alumni name in Harvard men’s basketball, and you’ll probably get Jeremy Lin '10. Although he’s clearly proven himself deserving of the attention, several other former Crimson basketball players have made names for themselves off the court—one of them being the current United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan '87.
It’s Freshman Parents Weekend! While the campus is swarming with freshman parents, eager (or not so eager) to learn what their children have been doing the past seven weeks, most of the athletic teams will be traveling to play away matches. Freshman parents may not get the opportunity to watch many of the Harvard athletic teams in action, but there are still two key events that the Crimson is hosting at home.
The first is the Harvard football team, taking on Lehigh tomorrow at noon at the Stadium. Last time out, the Crimson displayed fine form as it picked up its first Ivy win of the season, 31-17, over Cornell. Now 3-1 overall, the squad is looking to capture its third straight victory, and if past performances are good indications, then Harvard has a great chance to do so. Last year, the Crimson defense dominated Lehigh, giving the Crimson the win, 28-14. Harvard also leads the overall series, 8-7.
Ah, October. The leaves are falling, the air is becoming crisper, and the midterms are here. For all of you students who have been hibernating in Lamont for the last week (it’s okay, just keep telling yourself that you don’t really need to shower every day), don’t worry—you haven’t missed much in Ivy League sports. The more things change, the more things stay the same: smart kids go to Harvard and Princeton, Brown only excels in the most obscure of sports, and there’s nothing to do in Ithaca. Seriously. Let’s take a trip around the water cooler—you know it’s a lot more fun than that orgo pset anyway.
Cornell won’t be the only opponent the Harvard women’s field hockey team faces on Saturday. It will also take on the fight against breast cancer, dedicating the game and its funding to cancer research and support.The Stick It to Cancer game will feature trivia, contests, and awareness bracelets. Ribbons and cancer fact sheets will be available at the marketing table sponsored by Harvard Athletics.
The Crimson (3-9, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off of a close 3-2 loss to Cal this past Sunday, with junior Georgia McGillivray and sophomore Emma Keller registering goals for Harvard. Standout goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos recorded nine saves on the game, and is currently ranked 20th nationally with 6.58 saves per game and tied for second with a .789 save percentage.
Cornell (8-3, 2-1 Ivy) has won three consecutive non-conference matches and is looking to bounce back in the Ivy League after a 3-2 loss to Yale earlier this month. Game time will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, and although there is a Ivy League match to be won, there is a much bigger opponent that needs to be defeated. Come out and support the Harvard team and the fight against cancer.