The Year of Contenders, Not Titles

Twelve Defining Moments in Sports

The Harvard men's ice hockey team lost, 4-3 inovertime, to a mediocre Rensselaer squad in thequarterfinals of the ECAC playoffs.

Goalie Allain Roy sat motionless in the net assophomore forward Chris Baird, fellow goalieChuckie Hughes and Coach Ronn Tomassoni crossedthe ice to console him.

Roy, the ECAC's leading goalie, had justfinished making 37 saves against the Engineers--anexemplary performance.

But one save eluded him.

RPI sophomore Jeff Gabriel pushed a looserebound around Roy's right leg at 8:09 into theextra period to give the 10th-seeded Engineers asurprise victory over the top-seeded Crimson.


With the loss, all hopes of an NCAA playoffberth vanished.

"You always think you can stop every shot," adoleful Roy said after the game. "When that shotwent in, it felt like my world ended. These guysare my life."

MARCH 7, 1992

Few thought the Harvard women's basketball teamwould be contending for the Ivy Leaguechampionship come March.

After a woeful 5-11 start, the women appearedto have gone the way of the men's squad.

But there they were on March 7, in a packedBriggs Cage, defying the odds and playingfirst-place Brown for a share of the Ancient Eightcrown.

The Crimson had won eight straight contests toget back into the race, including a dramaticovertime win against Princeton.

Unfortunately, it was not to be. Brown defeatedHarvard, 81-70, and walked away with solepossession of the Ivy League title.

Harvard did not go gentle into its good night.It raged and raged, storming back from a 31-25halftime deficit to lead, 41-38, with 14 minutesremaining.

"This [loss] shouldn't detract from theseason," Co-Captain Maura Healey said. "We came onwell despite all the obstacles we faced."