Returning home after a West Coast trip, the No. 18 Harvard field hockey team faced off against No. 2 Connecticut in the Crimson’s home opener. The Huskies provided a stiff challenge, as Harvard fell 3-1.
After capturing its first outright Ivy League title since 1990 last season, the No. 20 Harvard field hockey team entered 2017 with high hopes. Its new campaign kicked off this weekend as the Crimson battled sweltering heat and got the best of two of its three opponents in California.
Head coach Katey Stone picked up her 450th career win with the Crimson against Union College, but the Crimson now stands three points behind Rensselaer for the final playoff spot with two games to play.
While Joey Colton took home athlete of the week honors this week after leading men’s water polo to its first NCAA Tournament berth, four other Harvard student-athletes had notable performances for their respective teams, earning this week’s Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.
Replacing graduated seniors is never an easy task. Filling the shoes of AnnMarie Healy ’16, a first team All-Ivy selection and the leading scorer for last year’s Harvard women’s basketball team, is even tougher.
The Crimson knew that someone needed to step up in a big way for the team to overcome such a challenge and stay atop the Ancient Eight table. It turns out that sophomore forward Kathleen Young was that someone.
Following a successful showing at the Harvard Invitational last weekend, where the team swept all four of its games, the Harvard men’s water polo team (18-5, 3-2 CWPA) traveled to the west for the Rodeo Tournament in Southern California.
In field hockey’s 5-0 win against Cornell on Saturday, Balleza accumulated five points, scoring two goals and providing one assist. Those marks helped Balleza become Harvard field hockey’s all-time career leader in points and goals with 103 points and 44 goals.