The Harvard field hockey team is one of a few squads looking to bust out of losing streaks this weekend.
After last weekend’s home football game and a host of other home games, most Harvard teams will be traveling to away matches this time around. But there are two exciting matches at home and many others games on the road to keep fans excited over the weekend.
The Harvard men’s water polo team will be hosting Fordham and Iona, both on Saturday. Recently, the squad defeated Washington and Jefferson to finish 11th in the ECAC Championships. Although the team is 3-6, it has gone 2-2 in the last four games after getting off to a 1-4 start. Against Fordham, the Crimson holds a 23-11 all-time advantage, but the Rams have won the last five meetings. Iona finished 10th in the ECAC Championships and has won the past three meetings against the Crimson.
The Harvard football team hits the road this weekend after taking down Holy Cross, 34-6, in the first game of the season. The squad travels to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown. Last year, Harvard defeated the Bears at home under the lights, 24-21, and has won nine of the last 10 meetings against Brown.
In a conversation with Harvard men’s soccer coach Carl Junot after the Crimson’s match against the New Mexico Lobos, the first-year head coach commented on the team’s overall progress and the necessity for the front line to put away any chance it gets. In addition, he highlighted the high caliber of teams that Harvard has faced thus far.
“In my opinion, after facing UConn and New Mexico, we have encountered two of the top teams in the country, and we’ve proven to ourselves that we are capable of competing with those guys,” Junot remarked.
He kept stressing the fact that even though the past couple of games haven’t been high-scoring matches, just as the Crimson has done its part on the defensive side, other teams have played well enough to shut down the Harvard offense.
“We are just playing against fantastic teams,” Junot explained. “There’s been two games we’ve been shut out and they were both here in New Mexico. Every other game we’ve played in we scored. I felt [against the Lobos] we created sufficient opportunities to score goals.”
Unfortunately, the Crimson strikers haven’t been able to come up with a winning goal for the past three games, and Junot understands that the hardest part of soccer is to find the back of the net. He has high expectations for his team, however, and was pleased with the recent performances of a few of his players.
“Scottie Prozeller, Baba Omosegbon, and Brian Rogers all had outstanding performances and showed leadership and true ability to be special players,” he said.
As the season continues and enters the middle section of the schedule, Junot knows what the team needs to work on if it is going to win games.
“We have to continue to learn to organize ourselves and defend well and the next step is to become a goal-scoring team,” Junot observed. “We’re getting there. We have good players who can attack.”
Harvard will meet Stony Brook tonight and Boston University on Sunday as it continues to prepare for Ivy League play.
Published by Kate Leist
on September 23, 2010 at 3:11AM
Football season has begun in the Ivy League, but don’t worry—some things never change. Harvard and Penn are still looking like the top dogs and Cornell is still atrocious. Meanwhile, Princeton’s season took a turn for the worse before the first game was even finished. But for those of you who could care less about men hitting each other on a field, never fear. Hockey season’s just around the corner, so you can look forward to some more hard-hitting action—just this time, on the ice.
Penn opened its football season with a spot on College Gameday and a live broadcast on ESPN3.com. But the attention wasn’t necessarily the kind the Quakers might have hoped for. Instead, all eyes were on the squad as it took the field for the first time after Penn co-captain Owen Thomas took his own life in April. The Quakers opened the game with a 40-second moment of silence for Thomas, who wore #40 for Penn, and then proceeded to beat Lafayette, 19-14. And that vaunted defense that graduated six starters? Didn’t give up a single touchdown, as the Leopards scored off a blocked punt and an interception.
The Harvard women’s hockey team won’t officially open its season for another month, but that hasn’t stopped its current players and alums from making headlines both on and off the ice.
As a four time Olympic medalist and a former Patty Kazmaier Award winner, Angela Ruggiero ’02-’04 is one of the most successful Crimson alums on the ice, but the defenseman has been making her most recently headlines off it. Named as an athlete representative to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the Vancouver Games, the former government concentrator will look to expand her influence beyond sports. Ruggiero will be addressing the General Assembly at this week’s United Nations Summit, which started on Monday and will finish up tomorrow.
Meanwhile, three other Harvard skaters, Julie Chu ’06- ’07, Caitlin Cahow ’07-’08 and sophomore Josephine Pucci will be training to take on Sweden, Canada and Finland at the Four Nations Cup this November. Like Ruggiero, Chu and Cahow have become national team regulars and have a combined five medals between them. Pucci, on the other hand, is new to the national team. The defenseman was promoted to the senior squad after her performance for the U-22 National Team at the National Festival.
Former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick '05 will start for the Buffalo Bills against the New England Patriots this Sunday.
Harvard University’s own Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 will get the nod this weekend at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills as they take on the New England Patriots. The alum played in 10 games last year for the Bills while fighting with embattled quarterback Trent Edwards for time. He completed 127 of 227 pass attempts for a completion rate of 55.9 percent while throwing for 1,422 yards, nine touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Fitzpatrick has wrestled the job away from long-time starter Edwards with coach Chan Galley intimating that Fitzpatrick could keep the spot if he performs well. While at Harvard, Fitzpatrick enjoyed considerably success, and ranks second on Harvard’s all-time list for touchdowns, yards passing, pass completions, and pass completion percentage. The two-time Ivy League champion earned the Ivy League MVP award during his senior season and is the only Harvard quarterback ever to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career.
Fitzpatrick takes the helm for the ailing Bills, who have failed to win either of their first two games of the 2010 campaign after another frustrating 7-9 season. One of the quarterback’s main goals will be to improve the worst-ranked passing offense in the league so far, a constraint that has certainly hurt the Bills to date.