A spring spotlight has been cast in the direction of Cambridge because for the first time in decades, the Harvard men’s hockey team has a game to play in the month of April—perhaps even two.
In order to share any pedestals with the boys of ’89, No. 2 Harvard (26-5-2, 16-4-2 ECAC) first must do something it has accomplished just once since its national championship run: win an NCAA tournament game.
Now, for the third straight year and the fifth time under coach Ted Donato ’91, it’s NCAA tournament time for the Crimson with the ultimate prize on the line—a national championship. But just 60 minutes of hockey could put an abrupt end to Harvard’s memorable ride.
Harvard. Yale. The Palestra. Coach Tommy Amaker has been there before--playing a do-or-die game against the Bulldogs in a playoff scenario. Though this year represents the inaugural Ivy League Tournament, the Crimson’s first round matchup mimics a 2015 playoff scenario where Harvard and the Elis played a one-game playoff in order to determine who would take the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Following an historic Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, the Harvard women’s track and field team will travel to College Station as Texas A&M hosts the NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday. Representing the Crimson in the two-day event will be senior Nikki Okwelogu, sophomore Gabby Thomas, and freshmen Zoe Hughes and Judy Pendergast.
After losing a heartbreaker to Tigers at home the last time around, the Crimson is looking to avenge the loss Friday night on the road. A sweep of the weekend would keep Harvard’s hopes of a first place finish in conference alive, while Penn takes on the Crimson looking to keep its season alive.
The Harvard men’s basketball team is undefeated in its last six contests, but the sting of the one loss in the past month hasn’t gone away.
A top-heavy Harvard roster graduated 15 seniors in 2016—a class that included two Ivy League First Teamers and a nominee for the Tewaaraton Award, which recognizes the top collegiate player. In the wake of this mass exodus, the 2017 Crimson has mighty shoes to fill.
The last time the Harvard men’s basketball team played Cornell and Columbia, both New York teams had the Crimson on its heels. In the two weekends since Harvard traveled to Ithaca and New York City, the Crimson is 3-1, but most importantly has started to play more consistent basketball.
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For senior co-captain Siyani Chambers, Saturday night’s game will be the first time he has faced the New Haven foes since he and the 2014-2015 squad defeated Yale in a one-game playoff for the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tonight, the top spot in the ECAC will be up for grabs when Harvard and Union—two teams with major question marks in net—square off at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
After splitting a New York road trip against Cornell and Columbia, the Crimson is looking for redemption as Penn and Princeton come to town. The weekend represents the first full Ivy slate of games as Penn played the league’s last nonconference game Jan. 25.
The point is, it’s been a while. And Harvard knows it.
This year’s edition of the annual men’s swimming and diving HYP meet will be missing a crucial element – Princeton. With the Tigers’ season suspended, the contest will only feature Harvard and Yale.