The No. 20 Harvard women’s water polo team finished its regular season with a split in its final two-game weekend slate, taking down George Washington but falling short to No. 13 Princeton by equivalent 15-7 scores.
Entering the week ranked fourth in the CWPA Poll, the Crimson managed to win its first contest of the weekend against Notre Dame College but fell to Indiana and Michigan, two of the three teams that separate Harvard from the top of the rankings.
The Crimson travels to South Bend to take on No. 9/9 Nebraska-Omaha in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night. The winner will take on either No. 2/2 Minnesota St. Mankato or the Rochester Institute of Technology on Sunday for a chance to advance to the Frozen Four in Boston.
Harvard (21-12-3, 11-8-3 ECAC) enters the tournament hot, having gone 6-1 in the ECAC Tournament that spanned the last three weekends. Junior Jimmy Vesey set a tournament record with nine goals in the team’s seven games en route to being named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player. The Crimson outscored its opponents 25-15 in its run for the team’s first conference championship since 2006.
Before taking the ice for the ECAC Men’s Hockey Tournament semifinal matchup against No. 7/7 Quinnipiac, Vesey was named the ECAC Media Association Player of the Year.
Harvard travels to fabled Lake Placid, N.Y. to take on No. 7/7 Quinnipiac on Friday in the semifinals of the conference championship with a trip to the final and its NCAA tournament chances at stake.
Harvard should become acquainted with the name Bobby Portis.
Over the past three years, the No. 18/- Harvard men’s ice hockey team has faced off against the No. 12/12 Yale squad 10 times. Home, away, or in New York City, the Crimson failed to notch a win in any of the matchups with its biggest rival.
Blackwell notched two goals on Friday and the game-winner on Saturday to help Harvard sweep Brown in the first round of the ECAC Tournament to keep the Crimson's NCAA Tournament berth hopes alive.
Leading up to Friday night's conference-deciding Harvard-Yale tilt in Cambridge (8 p.m., ASN), the Ivy League Player of the Year race is still up in the air. Below, three Crimson sportswriters pitched their choice for ILPoY.
When the No. 19/- Harvard men’s ice hockey team played Brown on Feb. 7, Brown had not won a conference game since Dec. 6 and sat in a tie for dead last in the ECAC standings. The story is different this time around.
Harvard was unable to claim a victory at home as the Crimson allowed three early goals in a 5-2 loss to the No. 10/9 Bobcats.
Coming off a 2-1 loss to last-place Brown on the tail end of a four-game losing streak, the Crimson returned to the win column Friday night with a 4-1 win over Colgate.
After four straight losses, Harvard will try to right the ship against Colgate and Cornell at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center this weekend.
After dropping two games to Wagner and Princeton on Saturday, the Crimson brought its record back over .500 with victories over Villanova and Iona on Sunday.