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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The U.S. women’s national hockey team started off its stay at the Four Nations Cup with a shootout win over Canada, and the rematch between the two squads proved just as exciting. But this time, it was the host Canadians who came out on top, topping the American women, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday night in Newfoundland.
The U.S. team is coached by Harvard’s Katey Stone and featured three Crimson skaters—Julie Chu ’06-’07, Caitlin Cahow ’07-’08, and sophomore Josephine Pucci.
But the Canadian who proved to be the difference-maker was an all-too-familiar face for Harvard. Rebecca Johnston, a Canadian Olympic veteran who is also a junior at Cornell, scored both the first and game-winning goals for her team on Saturday.