Sports Features

The Catalysts
Men's Ice Hockey

The Resurgence of Harvard Men's Hockey

Three years ago the Harvard men's hockey team faced crises on the ice and off as they limped to consecutive 10-win seasons and lost players to a campus-wide cheating scandal. Now they've returned to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons, anchored by the best player in college hockey. Here’s how it happened.

Minnis to Win IT
Men's Water Polo

Minnis to Win IT

Head Coach Ted Minnis talks with the women's water polo team during a pause in play against Brown on April 16, 2015. Minnis has, in his six years as coach of the men's and women's programs, led the teams to their best records and standings in years.

On the Rise
Women's Water Polo

On the Rise

Aftera historic season that saw the Harvard ranked as high as No. 13, the Crimson is set to continue its dominance in a sport that’s still growing in popularity. Next season, the Crimson will be welcoming two southern California standouts along with players from Florida and Quebec.

On the Rise
Women's Water Polo

Women's Water Polo Set to Continue Strong After Historic Season

​Women’s water polo is on the rise—at Harvard, on the east coast, in the U.S. and in the world. This year, the Harvard women’s water polo team finished with a 24-10 record, recorded nine wins against top-25 teams, and from March 23rd through April 6th, was ranked No. 13 according to CWPA rankings, its highest ranking ever.

Still Dominant
Women's Crew

Liz O'Leary Continues 30 Years of Excellence at the Helm

With the longest time at the helm, Liz O’Leary has set her standards high for the team since the day she assumed the role of head coach in 1986.

Still Dominant
Women's Crew

Still Dominant

Entering her 30th season, O’Leary has helped the Black and White earn a combined 197-103 dual season record against other fiercely competitive Division I teams. She also coached the team to Eastern Sprins titles in 1987, 1989, 2003, and 2015.

Defense
Men's Lacrosse

Walker Kirby Leads Men's Lacrosse on Defense and Off the Field

On March 30th, Kirby was announced as one of only ten lacrosse finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, a distinct honor awarded to NCAA Division I athletes who have displayed notable achievements in the spheres of character, community, classroom and competition. Through his commitment to his team and to service, Kirby serves as an example of these cardinal values.

Tiny But Mighty
Men's Crew

She’s the Man: Women Coxswains on Men’s Crew Teams

Outside the world of rowing, the role of the coxswain is often unknown or misunderstood. Who are the people sitting in the boat, but not actually rowing? What even are they doing?

Homeward Bound
Men's Ice Hockey

Massachusetts Connections Abound as Harvard, BC Meet in Worcester

Friday's NCAA tournament opener for the Harvard men's hockey team against Boston College could be a special night for Massachusetts natives Devin Tringale and Jimmy Vesey among others.

At Work
Softball

Freshmen Contribute Early and Often For Softball

On its home diamond, the Crimson recorded a dominating 11-3 mark. The young team will look to top its recent second-place finishes to come out on top of the Ivy League this spring

Senior Stint
Men's Lacrosse

A Jahelka Good Defender

While Harvard has started the season 4-1 and has high hopes of bouncing back from a disappointing sixth-place conference finish last year, Jahelka knows that adversity will eventually hit. But perhaps more than anyone else, he also knows how to overcome it—how to lean on family and friends and come back stronger.

Rich in Runs
Softball

Strong Freshman Class Enlivens Softball

The Crimson welcomes eight new freshman to the roster this season. Infielder Rhianna Rich has already begun to contribute, leading the team at the plate in the season’s opening weekend.

Rookies
Baseball

Rookies Bolster Baseball's Talent

Coming off an 18-24 season and fifth-place finish in Ivy League play, the Harvard baseball team will have to rely on a stable of talented freshmen if the group is to qualify for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship for the first time since 2005.

Loud and Proud
Men's Volleyball

High Energy Propels Men's Volleyball

This year’s Crimson is a strange case of celebration causing success, not the other way around.

Decorated Net
Women's Lacrosse

Burke Sisters Power Women's Lacrosse

For years Colleen and Marina Burke have played sports together. Now wearing Harvard uniforms, the two sisters improve the Crimson on and off the field.