In a little over one month, the Harvard women's lacrosse team has roared through its regular season schedule, obliterating nearly everything in its path.
The squad finished with an overall 13-1 record (6-0 lvy), secured its 12th consecutive Ivy League title, retained its first place ranking in the national Brine poll, and captured the first seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
With its top seed and accompanying first-round bye, Harvard has ample time to relax and hone its skills before it plays in the final Four next weekend in Bethlehem, Penn.
And with team confidence, enthusiasm, and morale at peak levels, the Crimson is favored by many to capture its second NCAA title in three years. Here's a look back at how Harvard earned that respect.
A Look Back
MARCH 21--Harvard kicked off its 1992 season with the first of its two spring break encounters. The visiting crimson rolled over Pennsylvania, 11-5, and squashed Temple five days later, 15-4, two games that provided indications of all that was to come.
In these contests, junior attack Liz Berkery netted 11 goals while Co-Captain Sarah Leary stopped a total 30 shots on goal.
MARCH 28--Returning to Cambridge with two wins under its belt, Harvard readied itself for the longawaited dogfight against Princeton. The Tigers came in to the game ranked first in the nation--but the Crimson surprised even itself, destroying Princeton, 13-2, and capturing the nation's first place ranking.
MARCH 30--The crimson hosted Boston College in a "typical BC game," according to Harvard Coach Carole Kleinfelder. "They were really scrappy and put a lot of pressure on us."
But the Crimson easily pulled this one off, winning 14-6.
APRIL 3--"Sweet revenge" was the entree as Harvard avenged two previous losses to UNH with a 9-6 victory at Ohiri Field.
The key to this Crimson win was pesky defense, especially Co-Captain Ceci Clark's, who held wildcat senior Alita Haytayan scoreless.
APRIL 8--Two consecutive away games produced two more wins, pushing the Harvard winning streak to seven.
The Crimson slammed lowly Rutgers, 16-5, before invading scenic New Haven. Despite a sloppy Crimson attack, the Elis posed no challenge for Harvard, falling 7-2.
"Our defense was sensational," Berkery said.