Harvard placed a respectable 18th out of 48 teams at the Quidditch World Cup this weekend.
In the magical universe of Harry Potter, quidditch is pretty much the bomb. The beaters, chasers, and seekers that populate its arenas are the coolest kids in town—flying around on broomsticks and dodging bewitched cannonballs seems like a hardcore feat of athletic prowess like no other, after all.
In the (sadly) magic-free world of Harvard, quidditch is a little bit different.
We’ve been counting down the days until the big day, but the most important game has finally arrived. It’s time for the Harvard-Yale football game! The football team squares off against Yale in the Stadium tomorrow at noon. Harvard has been dominant in recent years. The Crimson will be looking for its fourth straight win over the Bulldogs and has won eight of the last nine games, including last year’s exciting 14-10 victory at Yale.
Even though the major focus is on Harvard-Yale this weekend, the men’s basketball team takes on Mercer tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Last weekend, the men opened up their season with a loss against George Mason, but came back strong with a win on Wednesday night, crushing Holy Cross, 72-49. The last time the teams met, the Crimson won by a large margin, 91-73. The women’s squad faces off against Navy tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. as part of the Navy Classic. The women are 2-0 so far for the season, beating Maine and Oral Roberts in their opening games. The two teams have only met once before. Last year, the women took down the Mids, 71-55.
Despite a disappointing 2010 season, some members of the Harvard men’s soccer team do have something to be proud of this year.
Sophomore midfielder Scott Prozeller, sophomore forward Brian Rogers, and senior co-captain Robert Millock were named to the All-Ivy League Second Team yesterday, while junior goalie Austin Harms garnered an All-Ivy honorable mention.
“I was certainly excited,” Prozeller said. “I try to become the best player I can so it’s always great to be recognized for your performance. But this season I think I take it more with a grain of salt because we had such high expectations...The team not doing so well kind of diminishes the glory of any individual recognition.”
While everyone’s mind is on The Game, other sporting events are still going on. Shocking. The Ivy League football title is still not totally secure, and four Ancient Eight soccer teams have qualified for the men’s NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, in cross country, there are still a couple of big races left, especially for Harvard’s stud runner. We’ve got a busy week ahead of us, as we’ll show you in a little trip around the water cooler.
As the Ivy League football season winds to a close, Penn has practically locked up the league title. All the Quakers have to do is beat Cornell this Saturday in Ithaca, and it should be a pretty easy victory. In fact, Penn has scored more than twice as many points as the Big Red while allowing over 100 points fewer.
Although another Ivy League football game a few hundred miles south might be getting a little more attention, Penn-Cornell has some history of its own. The two teams have faced off 116 times and have done so every year since 1919. The Quakers have held the upper hand from the start, winning the first game, 50-0, and taking 66 of the next 115 contests. It looks as if the tradition of Penn dominance will continue on Saturday.
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.