The Harvard men’s swimming and diving squad entered Saturday’s meet against Cornell and Dartmouth with history on its side. The Crimson has only lost to the Big Red twice in its history, and the last time the Big Green topped Harvard was in 1972.
In his first year with the men's swimming and diving team, Dean Farris shattered numerous records and led the Crimson to an Ivy League championship.
With the 16-11 loss to Cornell in the semifinals of the Ivy League Tournament, the women's lacrosse team's season has drawn to a close.
Although the Crimson lost 13-6, the team will have a shot at redemption on Friday when it faces Cornell again in the Ivy Tournament semifinal.
Harvard competed in its final Ancient Eight home matchup of the season. The Crimson was unable to mount a comeback against Penn despite late-game heroics on Senior Night.
A week ago, the Harvard women’s lacrosse managed just five goals against No. 7 Princeton. This Saturday, the Crimson’s attack matched that total in the first 12 minutes of its matchup against Brown.
For 15 minutes of Saturday’s game against No. 7 Princeton, everything seemed to be going well for the Harvard women’s lacrosse team. The Tigers had scored three times, and the Crimson had answered each goal with a score of its own, leaving the game tied at 3-3 halfway through the opening period. However, the Tigers had a significant edge in the only category that really counts. Princeton (9-1, 3-0 Ivy League) blew Harvard (6-5, 3-1 Ivy) away with a barrage of goals, erasing any memory of the early tie as it beat the Crimson, 20-5, in Princeton, N.J.
In each of its last two matchups, the Harvard women’s lacrosse team has had to contend with a late push from its opponent. Dartmouth’s late efforts would not be enough to overcome a dominating offensive performance from the Crimson. In the end, Harvard (6-4, 3-0 Ivy) came away with the win in Hanover, N.H., beating out the Big Green, 17-12 to remain undefeated in the Ancient Eight.
The Harvard women’s lacrosse team certainly has experience with close games. Tuesday’s non-conference matchup against Stanford at Harvard Stadium fit the pattern. Despite holding the lead for the majority of the game, the Crimson let up a goal in the final two seconds to lose by a single tally, 10-9.
In a scrappy, back and forth contest with Columbia, Harvard took the match up 10-8. The victory marks the team’s fourth game this season that has been decided by two points or fewer.
In 2017, the Crimson completed an undefeated dual campaign, won the regular season Ancient Eight title, and brought home a 24th Ivy League Championship Meet crown. This week, Harvard added another accomplishment to its collection, finishing 27th at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The team also picked up three All-America honors, its highest total since 2005.
Senior Marisa Romeo tallied four goals for the third time in the previous four contests.
On Wednesday, the Bob Kiphuth Trophy—the award given to the winner of the men’s Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships—arrived at Blodgett Pool. After four days of competition, it will be staying in Cambridge for the next year.
Recruiting has played a huge part in the team’s improvement. Since 2011, head coach Lisa Miller has brought on 28 high school All-Americans. In 2014, the team’s incoming freshmen—now seniors—were ranked the seventh-best recruiting class in the nation.
The Crimson kicked off its season in decisive fashion on Saturday, riding a dominant offensive performance to an 18-11 win over the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.