Spring, at long last, has arrived. Yes, the ground looks like the head of a man in desperate need of some Rogaine, but it’s a start. Likewise, in the world of Ivy League sports, we’ve finally closed the book on the winter season, as Yale unexpectedly fell in the second round of men’s hockey’s version of the Big Dance, and spring sports are now in full gear. We’ll explain it all in another edition of Around the Water Cooler.
After one of the greatest seasons in school history, the Yale men’s hockey team couldn’t find a way to keep up with the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) on Saturday night. The top seed coming into the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, the Bulldogs narrowly escaped Air Force on Friday, winning 2-1 in overtime.
But the following night, Yale didn’t get quite as lucky.
Ah, October. The leaves are falling, the air is becoming crisper, and the midterms are here. For all of you students who have been hibernating in Lamont for the last week (it’s okay, just keep telling yourself that you don’t really need to shower every day), don’t worry—you haven’t missed much in Ivy League sports. The more things change, the more things stay the same: smart kids go to Harvard and Princeton, Brown only excels in the most obscure of sports, and there’s nothing to do in Ithaca. Seriously. Let’s take a trip around the water cooler—you know it’s a lot more fun than that orgo pset anyway.
After forcing a third game in the championship series, Harvard’s softball team fell to Cornell, 3-2, earlier today, giving the Big Red its fifth Ivy League title. Cornell took the first game, 3-1, but the Crimson posted a come-from-behind win on Friday to take game two, 4-2.
Harvard started the game on top after junior Ellen Macadam was driven home off an RBI single by freshman Jessica Ferri. The Big Red came back with a one-two punch in the third inning, when Erin Keene hit a single followed by a home run by Marissa Amiraian, building a 2-1 Cornell advantage.
There will be a last stand.
With two out, two on, and the season on the line, it was a senior who came up with a clutch home run that propelled the Harvard softball team into a decisive third game in the Ivy League Championship Series.
The Crimson and Cornell split today’s games, forcing a rubber match that will take place tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 pm in Ithaca.
And the dream lives on.
A sweep of Dartmouth in a doubleheader yesterday assured the Harvard softball team of a place in the Ivy League Championship Series against Cornell next weekend.
The Crimson came into the weekend—which featured a pair of home-and-home twinbills against the Big Green—two games ahead of Dartmouth in the North Division standings.