It’s not often that a club sports team gets the chance to play against an international opponent. This Friday, the Harvard Rugby Football Club will get the rare opportunity to host France’s Toulouse Université Club at the Soldiers Field Complex, Cumnock Field #4. The match will start at 4:30pm.
Harvard soccer alumnus Mike Fucito ’09 got an early birthday present last month, making his MLS debut for the Seattle Sounders only four days before his 24th birthday.
While injuries kept Fucito sidelined for the first year of his professional soccer career, the ex-Crimson superstar made his debut as a Sounder in the team’s season-opening victory on Mar. 25. Fucito stepped onto the field in the 76th minute of play and helped Seattle secure a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union.
Looking back on the year in Harvard athletics—my first year as a Crimson fan—I can’t help but think of the highlights: the first home football game against Brown with an Emma Watson sighting, the lacrosse game against Duke when the tailgate was more of a success than the game itself, and the many other matches that I’ve attended, through which my fandom has grown.
One aspect of these memories that I take for granted is that some of them may not have occured if the Athletic Department had not said, “Let there be light.”
When ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz came to Lavietes Pavilion in February to watch Harvard take on Cornell, he was serenaded with adoring chants, and he humored the crowd with a wave.
It was a strange moment of celebrity—the reporter’s role inverted from watching to being watched—that typifies Harvard’s place in the larger landscape of college sports. Here, it feels oddly validating when the mainstream media pays notice to Harvard athletics, as if the attention legitimizes the quality of play on campus.
Tonight, students will have a chance to interact with Katz once again, albeit in a more formal setting, when he shares his thoughts and stories at 7:30 p.m. in the Owen Room inside Winthrop G Entry.
A little less than a year ago, the women’s ultimate Frisbee team finished one spot shy of a trip to nationals, sending its successful season to a heartbreaking conclusion. But the squad, known as Quasar, earned another chance to reach that unfulfilled goal this year by qualifying for the regional tournament with a second place finish at the Metro Boston sectionals this past weeknd.