Major league openers. The Red Sox taking on the White Sox at Fenway on next Friday. Harvard back in the Northeast, with games at MIT on Tuesday, at Boston College on Wednesday, and in its home opener against Tufts on Friday (2 p.m. at Soldiers Field). The week ahead is baseball.
On the local scene, or rather, in the local waters, the big news is of course the U.S. Swimming Championships--Short Course, at Blodgett Pool on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It's worth cutting classes to see teams like the Mission Viejo Nadadores, the Florida Aquatic Swim Team (FAST), the Longhorn Aquatic Swim Team (LAST), and everybody's favorite, the Cincinnati Pepsi Marlins. The action is sure to be fast and loose.
The men's golf team (there is no women's golf team, mind you) takes to the links at Amherst College on Monday. Tufts will be there as well. The golfers also host Boston College and Brown on Thursday.
The high-flying women's lacrosse team, ranked fifth in the nation in both the writers' and the coaches' polls, meets Springfield College at 3 p.m. at Soldiers Field.
The men's tennis team may see Carolina blue on Friday afternoon, after meeting the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, the first in a series of matches with Atlantic Coast Conference squads for the netmen.
Also on Friday, the women's softballers, in their first year with varsity status, take on the Terriers of Boston University at Soldiers Field (3:30 p.m.) and the women's tennis team travels to Princeton.
And on Friday, there's also baseball. Fenway, 2 p.m., sports.