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Any road trip threatens a deflated bus ride home, but in this case, the stakes of deflation are especially high, both because the trip is so long and Cornell is so winless.
For a team that only lost two seniors to graduation, the Harvard women’s volleyball team has had to suddenly rely on a lot of its underclassmen in the first few games of its Ivy League slate.
Something will have to give this weekend, when the Harvard women’s soccer team and its leading scorer, junior forward Midge Purce, meet the nation’s top-ranked scoring defense when it travels to Cornell on Saturday.
Senior defensive end Denzel Paige and Georgetown wide receiver Marquis Wright are used to playing under the glare of Friday night lights, but that was four years ago, when they were on the same high school team at North Broward Prep.
To say the Pieter Lehrer era has been one of Ancient Eight success for the Harvard men’s soccer team would be an understatement.
On Saturday, Harvard will consign the last remnants of 2014 to the past, but what will remain are lofty expectations and loftier goals—in particular the goal of winning a third consecutive Ancient Eight title.
When opponents look across the ball and see Crimson helmets staring back, a new level of intensity emerges. It is no understatement to say that, for nearly every team in the Ivy League, Harvard is the game circled in red on the schedule.
Just over a year ago, the Harvard women’s volleyball team defeated Cornell in the Malkin Athletic Center to the second Ivy League title in program history and the first in 10 years. On Friday, this year’s team begins the hunt for another championship.
With Harvard’s first Ancient Eight matchup versus rival Yale on the horizon, the Crimson will look to use the matchup against its river rival to build momentum prior to the start of conference play. But the team is hardly looking ahead.
On Friday, the Harvard women’s tennis team kicks off the year with the Harvard Fall Classic, a three-day tournament at the Beren Tennis Center featuring players from Harvard, Boston College, Columbia, Connecticut, Wake Forest, and Yale.
After stumbling through the opening gate of the season, the Harvard men’s soccer team (1-2-1) was finally able to get a much needed win at Stony Brook on Sunday after grabbing the lead in the 82nd minute. The team looks to take the momentum from this win into the weekend to the Pacific Northwest where they will play against Seattle and No. 9 Washington.
Harvard will return Thursday to Jordan Field after dropping three straight matches to top-25 teams.
This Friday, a new-look Harvard men’s and women’s cross country team will hit the ground running in Franklin Park at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, the squad’s first of the 2015 season.
The Crimson will look to pick up its first win of the season against the Huskies on Thursday, but the team will likely be without co-captain defenseman Mark Ashby.
Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale will compete for the title in a round-robin style tournament. Having won the fall season of rugby 15s and performing well so far in sevens play, the Brown Bears enter the competition as the team to beat.