With both squads entering the day ranked seventh in the country, the Crimson men’s side (5-5) suffered close defeats and finished with a 1-4 match record against other top collegiate fencing programs, while the Harvard women (5-6) ended their day with a 2-3 match record.
No. 21 Harvard easily dispatched Boston College, 179-112, at Blodgett Pool on Saturday to keep its undefeated streak alive, snapping the Eagles’ (10-3) run of eight consecutive wins.
Despite the strong start, the Crimson did not allow itself to let up against its foe from the West Coast. The two dropped sets by No. 7 Sophie Mehta and No. 9 MacGowan both went into tiebreakers. Other than those blemishes, Harvard came up with a thorough victory, up and down the lineup card.
Racing in very competitive fields, stacked with current and former U.S. Ski Team members, the nation’s top young athletes and the best collegiate racers from the 17 teams in the NCAA Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, Harvard finished in 10th place.
After a 56-minute stalemate, Harvard and Yale traded blows 1:09 apart in what amounted to a 1-1 draw at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Prior to the weekend, the Crimson had been 0-4-1 this season when scoring less than four goals. But thanks to a perfect 26-for-26 performance from junior goaltender Merrick Madsen, Harvard came up with a new way to earn two points.
HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth could have won a batting title for its offensive efficiency against No. 6 Harvard, exploding for eight goals on just 24 shots to hand the stumbling Crimson yet another stunning defeat—this one by a final score of 8-4.
The Harvard women’s hockey team’s only win this season before Tuesday night had come on October 23 at Dartmouth. On Tuesday night in Bright-Landry Hockey Arena, the Crimson faced off against the Big Green and were able to garner a similar result, coming through with a 2-1 win.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — In a matchup of the ECAC’s two most prominent contenders, Union scored once in the second and again in the third, pulling out a 2-1 victory that pushes the Dutchmen six points ahead of Harvard in the league standings.
TROY, N.Y. — Friday night, the Engineers (4-19-1, 2-10-0 ECAC) earned a stunning 4-0 victory over the No. 2/3 Crimson (11-3-1, 7-2-1), a team that had won its last six games and scored at least four times in each one.
After shooting 35 percent from the field and going 0-of-6 from deep in that first frame, the Crimson (8-5, 1-0 Ivy League) began the second period on a 13-3 run, building a lead they wouldn’t give up en route to a 70-45 win over McGill (12-8) at Lavietes Pavilion on Tuesday.
The Crimson's 3-1 loss was played under the lights inside America's favorite ballpark.
In its Ancient Eight opener, the Crimson flashed its defensive prowess with a balanced offensive performance to defeat Dartmouth with a 74-58 victory.
Co-captain Alexander Kerfoot’s wrister from the center of the point broke a 2-2 tie with 15:48 left to play, and junior goaltender Merrick Madsen subsequently stopped all 11 shots he saw the rest of the way to help Harvard win its sixth straight game.