Magic of Numbers: Time for The Game

Published by Kevin T. Chen on November 18, 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.

8: Number of wins for Harvard in its last nine meetings with Yale. The Bulldogs still lead the series, 65-53-8.

14: Points scored by the Crimson in the fourth quarter in its 14-10 come-from-behind win over Yale last year.

3: Number of interceptions thrown by junior quarterback Collier Winters in last week’s 34-14 loss to Penn.

0: Number of interceptions thrown by Yale quarterback Patrick Witt in the Bulldogs’ 14-13 win over Princeton last week. Witt–a transfer from Nebraska–leads the Ivy League in passing, with 2018 yards thrown and 252.2 yards per game.


Radcliffe Rugby Qualifies for Nationals

Published by B. Marjorie Gullick on November 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

With the plethora of varsity sports Harvard has to offer, it’s easy to overlook the equally wide array of its club programs. The Radcliffe club rugby team, however, is letting its record speak for itself and quickly gaining distinction for its success. The team posted a 6-1 regular season record, good enough to qualify them for postseason competition.


Sound Off: Murphy Explains Penn Loss

Published by Kate Leist on November 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

In the modern era of sports, being a college coach carries with it the burden of constant media attention. Facing dozens of reporters at press conferences, head coaches have gotten savvier—they say what they need to and leave the rest up for speculation. Here at The Back Page, we’re happy to decode some of these media sessions, showing the average fan what we think coaches’ answers “really” mean.

Harvard coach Tim Murphy was in an unenviable position on Saturday afternoon. In his team’s biggest game of the season, the Crimson simply got outplayed. Penn won at least a share of an Ivy title on Franklin Field, and Murphy knew his team was out of the running for its sixth crown under his leadership. He took an accordingly somber tone at the postgame press conference, giving due credit to Penn and accepting responsibility for the Crimson’s shortcomings. We take a look at what Murphy’s comments say about Harvard heading into the Yale game this weekend in this week’s edition of Sound Off.


The Full-Court Press: Katharine Chute '11

Published by Alex Sopko on November 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

Harvard senior Katharine Chute playing against Yale on Oct. 29.

Last Saturday, the Princeton women’s hockey had home-court advantage and a goalie who made 30 saves. Harvard had senior Katharine Chute. The Minnesota native, named “Ms. Hockey” in high school, scored both goals for the Crimson in a 2-2 tie. Playing in her final year for Harvard, Chute hopes that this is only the beginning of a great season for her and her team. In this exclusive interview, Chute looks back on her time in crimson, from embarrassing moments to dancing parents to touchy subjects. Every week, the Full-Court Press gives you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Katharine Chute

Year: 2011

Stats: A two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic team pick, Chute finished her freshman year with a +15 ranking, scoring the game-winning goal against Clarkson in the ECAC semifinals. Chute was also prolific the two previous seasons, playing in all 65 matchups and scoring five goals each year.

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Analyzing the Start of the Men's Ivy League Basketball Season

Published by Timothy J. Walsh on November 16, 2010 at 3:11AM

The season is only five days old, but men’s Ivy League basketball is already 12 games deep. Sitting at a collective 5-7, the Ancient Eight has seen mixed results (to be expected in non-conference play), but it’s never too early to name some winners and losers for the opening days of play.


Preseason favorite Princeton could not have started its season off on a better note last Friday, as it topped Rutgers in overtime, 78-73. Admittedly, the Scarlet Knights are expected to be a weak team this year, but any BCS win is big. The Tigers got a huge lift from senior guard Dan Mavraides who scored a career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers. As expected, Princeton fell to the reigning national champions, No. 1 Duke, on Sunday, 97-60. The Tigers did not have a realistic shot at competing but at least garnered some exposure on ESPNU.