Third down was not the charm for the Harvard football team on Saturday.
The matchup with Lafayette will be Harvard’s final non-conference matchup, and more importantly, the final tuneup before the squad heads into the bulk of Ivy season.
After a dismal opening two quarters, Harvard rediscovered its offensive firepower in the second half and scored on four of its five drives.
The Harvard offense has been depleted by injury early on in the season, playing without its starting quarterback, running back, wideout and tight end.
Starting running back Paul Stanton never made the trip to the nation’s capital. No matter.
After the Crimson fell behind by eight early in the second half, junior quarterback Scott Hosch, filling in for injured starter Conner Hempel, led the squad to a comeback victory over the Bears, 22-14.
Down a starting running back, wideout, and kicker—as well as a starting quarterback for the majority of the first half—the Harvard football team still managed to dispatch Holy Cross, 41-18.
In 2013, Holy Cross nearly upset the Crimson in triple overtime. Returning their star quarterback, the Crusaders will look to challenge Harvard again on Friday night.
When Dartmouth gifted the Crimson with a share of the Ancient Eight title by toppling Princeton three weeks later, Wilson’s last-second interception to seal the game took on championship-winning importance.
In a season filled with triple-overtime games, nail-biting victories and defeats, and last-second field goals, what was perhaps the most crucial game for the Harvard football team was not even played by the Crimson
Despite the disappointments, the women's basketball season was marked by a number of individual and team accomplishments, including coach Kathy Delaney-Smith’s 515th career victory, a stat that makes the coach the all-time winningest Ivy League basketball head coach.
In co-captain Christine Clark’s four years playing in Lavietes Pavilion, the Crimson has accomplished nearly everything short of the elusive title.
Clark’s last-second heroics helped the Crimson end Iona’s WNIT run as Harvard outlasted the Gaels (26-6, 18-2 MAAC), 90-89, at the Hynes Athletic Center.
Harvard will face Iona College, a team it has not played for 20 years, on Thursday night. The trip to New Rochelle, N.Y. marks the third consecutive season that the Crimson has advanced to the WNIT.
The Crimson (21-7, 11-3 Ivy) laid it all on the floor in what was potentially the last time that its seniors would suit up in a Harvard jersey.