On a night when many of his teammates struggled, Harvard senior Wesley Saunders was dynamic, showcasing a plethora of moves that could ascend to the next level.
In the team's first game of the season, Harvard's best players were their best players.
While their gymnasiums are only two miles apart, the strength of Harvard's and MIT's basketball programs could not be farther.
The question is not has Harvard arrived, but where does it sit? With conference realignment and an ever-changing landscape; it is no longer ridiculous to ask the once-unthinkable question: Is Harvard now the country’s best mid-major?
Head basketball coach Tommy Amaker added two more big names to his future rosters when, last week, Weisner Perez and Tommy McCarthy both committed to Harvard, pending admission.
Junior Michael Hall, a backup center for the Harvard men’s basketball team, has transferred to Morehouse College, an athletic department source told The Crimson early Thursday morning.
Instead of staring down opposing teams’ batters from the mound, Laura Ricciardone was facing a much bigger challenge. Then a rising junior, she made the decision not to return to campus for the academic year in order to stay home and take care of her mother after she received a cancer diagnosis.
Named to the second team All-Ivy in her sophomore campaign, Ricciardone has pitched at an even higher level in 2014. The Slidel, La., native is 11-5 in the circle this year and has posted a team best 1.90 ERA.
Over the last six years, the percentage of prep school students on Amaker's team has spiked.
In the 2013-2014 season, prep school players made up 47.7 percent all Ivy League men's basketball players.
Though Ivy League play has commenced, Harvard continued its hot streak against the Rams with another dominant performance in the 5-1 victory. Junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone took the circle and the spotlight for the Crimson on the day.
John Carroll has been at the helm of NMH’s program since 2001, and in this time he has built a dynasty with rosters that have included NCAA champions, McDonald’s All-American Nominees and Academic All-Americans. His players are known for entering Division I basketball programs and being ready to compete on the hardwood from move-in day.
Last season, then-freshman pitcher Morgan Groom started 19 games, posted the third-best ERA in the Ivy League at 2.58, and finished in the league’s top five with 96 strikeouts. Despite those electric numbers, Groom has gone from the number one option in the circle to the third for the Harvard softball team.
Dominant pitching would be the key to success, as Harvard followed up a first game victory in walkoff fashion with another win in the rubber game to sweep the doubleheader against the Eagles for the first time since 1999.
For Harvard, a clean slate will begin on Friday, as the Crimson travels to Princeton to take on the Tigers in a doubleheader.