The reign of dominance finally came to an end. Yale beat Harvard in football.
It was a day of new faces as the Crimson took on Stanford in Shanghai—new players in Harvard’s top-10 recruiting class, new starters from the newest group of upperclassmen, and new fans as Harvard and the Pac-12 seek to expand the strength and quality of university sports in China.
The Lions’ early touchdown-fueled lead was ominous based on its 2016 track record, and sure enough Columbia continued its trend of losing high-scoring games. After a slow start, Harvard steamrolled its way through the third quarter to secure a 28-21 win.
The victory was neither dominant nor pretty. But as much as any win in 2016, this one was gritty.
Entering this past weekend, the Harvard football team had not lost to a non-conference opponent since losing to Holy Cross in 2011. The squad also hadn’t fallen on the road since succumbing to Penn in 2012, constituting the longest road winning-streak in the country. But all things must come to an end.
Despite the stunning progress Cornell has made in just one offseason, it was still no match for a Harvard team that seems more and more invincible by the week. The Crimson strolled to its second Ivy win of the season, a 29-13 victory over the Big Red in Cambridge, bolstered by defensive success across the board and an offensive attack centered around the rush.
Upperclassmen Kolbi Brown Joseph Foster, and Jake Forte rest on the bench with each other during the team’s game against Georgetown last Saturday. Several starters got the chance to rest during this game, as a few underclassmen logged some playing time, proving Harvard’s depth as they helped secure the win.
With a win despite the absences of several key players in this game, it is clear that Harvard has a substantial amount of depth at most positions. It seems as though the Crimson is well-equipped to handle the potential loss of starters on both sides of the ball moving forward.
Although the Crimson eventually pushed past Brown, 32-22, the visitors failed to score in the first and fourth quarters and made plenty of mistakes in between.
Less than five miles separate the No. 10/9 Harvard men’s hockey team’s home at the Bright-Landry Center from its crosstown rival’s rink in Chestnut Hill. But in the biggest game of the season, the distance between the two teams seemed much larger.
The Crimson rode the game's first four goals to a 5-2 win over RPI in a chippy first game of the ECAC quarterfinals.
The Crimson’s 10-year Ivy League title drought might not have ended in the way Harvard coach Ted Donato would have drawn it up, but a trophy is a trophy, no matter how small.
In front of the liveliest crowd of the year, the Harvard men’s basketball team failed to escape Yale for its third consecutive loss at Lavietes Pavilion. Though the teams were nearly even in the second half, a 9-0 run by the Bulldogs (17-5, 8-0 Ivy League) midway through the first half created enough separation to seal the eventual 67-55 win over the Crimson (10-14, 2-6).
After dropping five straight, the Harvard men’s basketball team finally escaped with a victory in front of a home crowd on Friday night. Although Brown (7-14, 2-5 Ivy League) pulled within three with under a minute to go, the Crimson (10-13, 2-5) held on for the victory, 79-73.