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.
On Oct. 1 the men’s swimming and diving team took its first official plunge into Blodgett Pool. At midnight. With only a month until the squad’s first tri-meet at Dartmouth, senior Blake Lewkowitz and the rest of the squad are getting ready to race. Here The Hebrew Hammer gives a look into the unusual moments of Harvard swimming, from burning pools to locker room shenanigans. And that myth about peeing turning purple in a pool? It’s true. 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: Blake Lewkowitz
Stats: The senior from Phoenix, Ariz., was one of only three Harvard men’s swimmers to qualify for NCAA nationals last year after placing second in the 1650 free at the Ivy League Championships. Over the summer Lewkowitz placed in the top 10 of the 5k Open Water Championships, two minutes behind the first place time.