By the Numbers: Harvard-Yale 2015

Published by Ginny Miller on November 24, 2015 at 5:36PM

Last Saturday, Harvard defeated Yale, 38-19, in the 132nd matchup between the two Ivy archrivals. Harvard rebounded from a loss to Penn the previous week to secure for the Crimson a share of the Ancient Eight title for the third season in a row, the first three-peat in Harvard football history. With Thanksgiving on Thursday and the despair of finals week around the corner, here are some #HY2015 stats so Crimson fans can continue to revel in their victory a little bit longer.

9: Number of consecutive Harvard wins against Yale. The Crimson looks to hit double digits next year.

42: Number of minutes the Crimson held the Bulldogs scoreless after Yale’s opening touchdown.

508: Number of total yards for Harvard, second highest on the season.


Harvard Alumni Update: Dominic Moore Ends Goal Drought

Published by Ginny Miller on November 24, 2015 at 12:45AM

While most Harvard student-athletes do not pursue careers in professional sports, a select few are able to make the leap. Not only do some of them make the pros, but some of them also shine.

Dominic Moore ’03 (C, New York Rangers - NHL)

Coming off a successful playoff run last year, Moore has been making major contributions for the New York Rangers who currently stand at the top of their division. Moore lines up at center for the Rangers’ fourth line. Moore was the only Ranger on the board, ending a personal 13-game goal drought. Moore then registered 11:50 playing time in New York’s win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Dominic and his two older brothers, Mark and Steve, were the first-ever brother trio to share the rink at the same time for the Crimson. Moore is currently tied for third in game-winning goals and eighth in career goals for the Crimson.

Alex Killorn ’12 (C, Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL)

Another Harvard alum, Alex Killorn faced off against the Rangers this past week for the fist time since Game 7 of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

Killorn, centering the Lightning’s third line, scored in the first quarter to establish a lead early on the game, only the second time this season Tampa has held a lead after the first period. The Lightning win ended the Rangers’ chance to equal the longest winning streak in team history. Tampa then blanked the Florida Panthers 5-0 on Saturday where Killorn had one assist. The Lightning improved to 10-9-3 on the season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick ’04 (QB, New York Jets- NFL)

Fitzpatrick faced his former team this week when the New York Jets visited the Houston Texans. The Jets fell to 5-5 on the season this week with a 24-17 loss to the Texans on Sunday. Dreams of a playoff run are quickly fading for the Jets, who started the season with an impressive 4-1 record.

Fitzpatrick started for the Jets after having thumb surgery last week. The former Crimson Quarterback completed 19 of 39 passes for 216 yards with one touchdown and ran in for another touchdown, but two interceptions late in the fourth quarter thwarted any comeback attempt.

Mike Fucito ’09 (F, San Jose Earthquakes- MLS)

Fuctio completed his collegiate career at Harvard ranked fourth in career goals and in assists and led the Crimson to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2006-08. Fucito was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes from the Portland Timbers in 2013. Fucito has appeared in two games this season for the Earthquakes.

Games of the Weekend

Published by Jackson M. Reynolds on November 20, 2015 at 12:49AM

Although many Crimson supporters will be wholly focused upon “The Game” between the Harvard and Yale football teams this coming weekend, there are a few other Crimson squads that have competitions this weekend with major NCAA implications.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Princeton (Friday 7:00p.m.)

Harvard Women’s Volleyball clinched a share of the Ancient Eight title for the second straight season with its 3-1 victory against Brown this past Saturday. Sitting atop the league with Princeton, the Crimson (14-10, 10-4 Ivy) relishes the chance to compete against the Tigers (15-8, 10-4) in a deciding play-in game to earn the Ivy League’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.


#TBT: The Last Time Yale Beat Harvard

Published by Bryan Hu on November 19, 2015 at 10:06PM

As Harvard and Yale get set to play the 132nd edition of The Game this weekend in New Haven (2:30 PM, NBCSN), it’s worth racking our memories for the last time that the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3 Ivy) have defeated the Crimson (8-1, 5-1).

After all, Yale come oh-so-close in last year’s matchup, but ultimately dropped its record-tying eighth straight game to Harvard, 31-24, on a 35-yard touchdown pass from senior Connor Hempel to junior Andrew Fischer late in the fourth quarter.

Perhaps it fared better the year prior? Unfortunately, the Crimson won that one, too. And the one before that. If Yale falls to Harvard again on Saturday, the Crimson will have maintained the longest winning streak by either side in the history of The Game.

In fact, tracing your fingers through the history books to find the last time Yale won brings you to the year 2006, a different world in which Justin Verlander was a rookie and the Edmonton Oilers made the Stanley Cup Final.

On November 18 of that fateful year, Yale (8-2, 6-1) snapped a five-game losing streak to Harvard (7-3, 4-3) with a dominating 34-13 victory at Harvard Stadium. Sophomore running back Mike McLeod ran for three touchdowns and 87 yards on 34 carries. Meanwhile, the Crimson’s starting quarterback, junior Liam O’Hagan, was pulled early in the second half after completing just seven of 15 passes for 53 yards and an interception.

With the win, the Bulldogs clinched a share of the Ivy League title, tying Princeton atop the standings. The 2006 title is the last one Yale has captured to date.

This weekend, Harvard takes the field in position to clinch at least a share of the 2015 Ivy title, even after last weekend’s 35-25 upset loss to Penn. The Crimson sits atop the standings with Penn and Dartmouth and has won or shared the Ivy championship for five of the eight seasons since 2006.

Since 1875, Yale leads the all-time series over Harvard, 65-58-8, but the Crimson’s most recent eight-game winning streak over its most storied rival still looms large.

Three Things to Watch: Harvard-UMass

Published by David Freed on November 18, 2015 at 1:16PM

The Harvard men’s basketball team (1-1) split its two opening contests—beating crosstown rival MIT by 20 and losing to Providence on the road by 12. The Crimson return home to take on the UMass Minutemen (1-0) tonight at 7:00. Beat writer David Freed details three things to watch below.

1. Starting Afresh — Of the 10 starters in last year’s game between the two teams, just one—senior Agunwa Okolie—will begin the game tonight. Both programs have suffered from departures of leading stars, either to graduation (Cady LaLanne, Wesley Saunders ’15), injury (senior Siyani Chambers), or transfer (Derrick Gordon). That makes it difficult to take anything away from the teams’ classic last year—a three-point Harvard victory where neither team led by more than three in the final 17 minutes. As a result, while last year’s game presented two fairly polished products, the two teams that take the court Tuesday will still be in their formative phases.

2. Changing of the Guard — UMass coach Derek Kellogg spotlighted his team’s backcourt advantage in a weekend interview; given that the Crimson start two freshmen, Corey Johnson and Tommy McCarthy, Kellogg expects to press the issue. Johnson and McCarthy have been the two leading Harvard scorers through two games, however, combining for 23.5 points a game.

The former is the team’s best floor spacer, making eight treys across two contests and a gunner mentality from deep. McCarthy has struggled with his shot (2-for-13 against Providence) but has been a steadier hand at the point than juniors Corbin Miller and Matt Fraschilla, the latter out with an undiagnosed injury. UMass guards Jabarie Hinds and Donte Clark will look to exploit the two freshmen early and often. Yet, McCarthy and Johnson—who commented Saturday that the team should never be satisfied with close losses in big games—will likely be ready for the challenge.

3. Pace and Space — The elements of “pace and space” in the Crimson’s offensive sets are subtle but present. After a year where the Crimson struggled mightily with spacing, the introduction of two very ready—and capable—shooters in the backcourt has created a freer floor for the Crimson. Johnson in particular runs through screen after screen with free rein to bomb away (7.5 three-point attempts a game). Many of his attempts come in transition, where McCarthy pushes the pace to find easy looks early and often. UMass likes to run—it ranked 51st in KenPom’s adjusted tempo metric last year—and will force the Crimson’s inexperienced guards to make snap decisions time and time again. Harvard’s ability to do so will largely decide the outcome.