Harvard’s latest triumph came last night at Bright Hockey Center, in a 2-1 victory over Connecticut (8-6-4, 2-3-4 Hockey East)—another tough team that has bounced in and out of the national rankings this season.
Less than two minutes into the second half of the Harvard women’s basketball team’s 85-68 win against Boston University (3-4) at Lavieties Pavilion yesterday, the Crimson (5-3) found itself staring down a 41-30 deficit and a hot Terriers squad that was riding a 7-2 run to open the frame.
The Crimson (5-3-1, 5-3-0 ECAC) hit the road and plowed through conference bottom-feeders Yale and Brown in convincing fashion, shutting out the Bulldogs (1-7-1, 1-7-0), 5-0, and trouncing the Bears (1-6-3, 0-5-3), 5-1.
I can’t think of one football-related reason why Yale should stand a chance in New Haven.
For the Harvard football team, the inches it needed were right in front of it on Saturday against Penn (7-2, 6-0 Ivy), but they ultimately proved too elusive for the Crimson (6-3, 5-1 Ivy) in a 17-7 loss.
When Harvard and Penn kickoff tomorrow’s Ivy League football championship game, all eyes will be on one side of the field.
<p>In a sense, the beginning of Jillian Dempsey’s Crimson career is an end—an end to a seven-year-long quest to play for Harvard women's hockey.</p>
<p>When the Harvard men’s heavyweights hit the water at the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend, they’ll be taking part in a competition that will, quite literally, play host to many of the best crews in the world—including national teams from the United States, Great Britain, and France.</p>
This is the approach that Harvard football needs to employ against Columbia tomorrow. Once an Ivy League sleeper pick, the Lions have regressed after early success and are now fighting to stay out of the Ancient Eight basement. But it would be a mistake for the Crimson to take its trip to New York lightly. With its game against Penn, the Crimson’s dangerous companion atop the Ivy standings, looming in Week 9, Harvard needs to keep the momentum going and trounce Columbia the same way it plowed through Princeton and Dartmouth in its last two contests. The Crimson can beat the Lions without putting forth its best effort tomorrow, but the Quakers won’t be as forgiving.
Sure, Halloween at Harvard still has its charms. But the fact that I’m commiserating with an animated skeleton tells me that I might need a change of pace. Fortunately, the increasing monotony of college life has not extended to Ivy League football, and the Ancient Eight is still full of exciting tricks and treats.
With the tale of their predecessors’ success in mind, this year’s freshmen seem poised to write a sequel. Yesterday, the lightweight boats took to the water at the Carnegie Chase in Princeton, N.J., and the rookies crossed the finish line in the freshman eight race with a resounding victory. Harvard finished in 13:58.086, beating second-place Navy by over 16 seconds.
Yesterday morning, as I furiously typed away at a Spanish 50 composition that blatantly ripped off the plot of “Election”—the great Tom Perrotta high school novel and Reese Witherspoon’s career-launching movie—I thought to myself, “Has the recent era of great Ivy League running backs come to an end?”
In sports, commentators often react to blowouts by saying, “That game was over before it began.” The expression, of course, asserts an impossibility, but in the Harvard football team’s 35-18 loss to Lafayette on Saturday, it was practically true.
Hippies have Woodstock. Movie buffs has the Cannes. Rowing fans have the Head of the Charles. This weekend, thousands of crew enthusiasts from across the world flocked to Cambridge for the 45th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta. For them, it was a chance to see rowing at its most elite, with various national teams taking the water, in addition to the much-vaunted “Great Eight”—a boat comprised of the world’s eight fastest scullers. For Harvard men’s heavyweight and lightweight crews, it was a chance to gauge their progress as they work towards the more competitive spring season while enjoying the weekend’s electric atmosphere.
Parity is the name of the game in Ivy League football these days. Since this year’s seniors were freshmen back in the 2006 season, four different teams have won at least a share of the Ancient Eight title—Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Princeton—while Penn and Cornell have at least remained competitive throughout that time. This year, the Ivy crown is as up for grabs as ever.
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