Forward Midge Purce wraps up a decorated career with her third Ivy title in four years.
The Crimson split Saturday’s doubleheader with Brown before sweeping Sunday’s two games to improve to 16-20 on the season and 5-11 in conference play. The Bears (12-21, 5-11 Ivy League) have now lost 10 of their last 13 games and are tied with Harvard and Princeton for the worst conference record in the conference.
Harvard baseball saw its four-game set with Yale explode into a veritable hit parade. A relatively mild 4-2 opener gave way to the two teams combining for 75 runs over the last three games—wreaking havoc on ERAs but providing for lively viewing.
This weekend was a chance for the Harvard baseball team to recover from last weekend’s 0-4 Ivy-opening showing and make a definitive statement on its home turf. Despite the team successfully defending O’Donnell Field against Massachusetts last Wednesday, this weekend’s series against Ivy League rivals Cornell and Princeton saw the Crimson drop three of four in Cambridge and remain bound to the cellar of the conference standings with a 1-7 Ivy record.
Despite the Crimson's hot hitting from the weekend prior, the team saw its road woes continue, as it dropped to 10-12 overall and an 0-4 start in Ivy play.
Coming off of a sweep at the hands of South Florida last weekend, the Harvard baseball team, buoyed by continued offensive production, rebounded by taking three of four from Army in Cary, N.C.
Despite splitting the first two games, Harvard saw early slim leads slip away in both the next two matches and ultimately dropped three of four to the Dolphins.
Combined with continued rock-solid starting pitching, the improved results at the plate translated to 9-8 and 8-2 Harvard wins, respectively, over the New Jersey-based Bison and in-state rival Minutemen.
The Crimson looked to take care of business in Washington, D.C. against two teams that had combined for one win and 10 losses before the start of weekend play. Buoyed by an offensive outburst of 33 total runs, Harvard (4-0) did more than just take care of business—its weekend sweep illustrated the potential of a team firing on all cylinders.
When Harvard baseball takes the field for its 2017 season opener against Lafayette, two of the team’s coaches, Ron Rakowski and Tom Conley, will have the distinction of commencing their “first year” with the team—a slight misnomer given that they both have over six months of experience working within the Crimson’s coaching structure.
Midge Purce is the first Harvard selection to the First Team since Emily Stauffer ’98-’99 and Naomi Miller ’99. She has also been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Mac Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in collegiate soccer.
The Harvard women’s soccer team has not lost in ten games, and its consistency has been rewarded with a new place at the top of the Ivy League table with just one game left to play.
The wet conditions played a role in keeping the game low-scoring, but the performances of the two goalkeepers were more responsible for the tight affair. A 4th minute goal from senior forward Karly Zlatic after a scramble in the box proved to be the difference, as the contest ended 1-0 in favor of the Crimson.
In a 2-2 tie against Boston University, Harvard turned in one of the best performances of the season, peppering the Terriers with 27 shots.
The Harvard women’s soccer team is on a roll at the moment, having outscored its opponents 11-3 over the stretch of its current five-game winning streak.