In recent years, the intensity of the Harvard-Cornell matchup has risen to great heights in men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey. Both will take place this weekend as fans will have to choose between the two.
Last Wednesday against Dartmouth, junior forward Liza Ryabkina returned to the ice after recovering from a dislocated knee. The Kharkiv, Ukraine native did not disappoint, contributing an assist before putting the Big Green away with a game-winning goal in the third period.
Junior forward Michael Biega of the Harvard men’s hockey team shined for the Crimson this weekend, scoring his team’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to Quinnipiac and putting the puck away with 57 seconds left in Saturday’s game against Princeton to force a 3-3 tie with the Tigers.
Racking up three points against ECAC foe Dartmouth in the second period alone, sophomore forward Alex Killorn provided some promising sparks on offense in the Crimson’s 5-3 season-opening victory last weekend. Killorn and the rest of the offense will face a daunting challenge on the road this weekend against perennial archrival No. 5 Cornell.
Junior wide receiver Chris Lorditch and the rest of the Crimson offense will have to overcome Cornell’s stingy defense, which limited Yale to just 238 yards last week, to remain in contention for the Ivy title.
Cambridge youth provides one of the lesser known, but more enthusiastic contigents of Harvard sports fans. Crimson players have been role models to young children interested in sports and their surrounding community.