With little over 20 minutes remaining in regulation, the outcome of the Boston University-Harvard matchup looked like it would fall the way it had in the first round of the 2011 NCAA tournament—in favor of the Terriers.
After 23 wins, three losses, and three different titles, the Harvard men’s tennis team had completed its best regular season in recent memory. The Crimson went 23-3 and 6-1 within league play, the latter mark earning it the Ivy title for the first time since 2008.
For the second straight year, the Harvard men’s tennis team defeated Dartmouth, 4-3, to close out Ivy League play. This time, though, the Crimson was not playing for a third-place finish—it was going for the title.
For the first time all match, the Dartmouth fans were not screaming at the top of their lungs. All that could be heard were the thwacks of the racquets and the umphs from freshman Denis Nguyen and the Big Green’s Michael Laser.
A two-point victory had never tasted so sweet for the Harvard women’s basketball team. The Crimson ran out and celebrated, forming a huddle directly over the “H” of Hofstra on the opposing team’s midcourt.
Dec. 22, 2003 was the last time the Harvard women’s basketball team had beaten a Big East opponent. Eight years, to the date, had passed. Two thousand nine hundred and twenty-two hours had gone by. Seventy thousand one hundred and twenty-eight minutes had ticked off the clock.