In 'Quotes of the Week,' The Back Page will look each weekend at the five best quotes of the week, providing context for the five best moments from the past seven days in Crimson sports.
“The players were in tears after the match. The coach was in tears after the match. This was the first win [against Yale] since 2004. We have worked so hard to be the top of the Ivy League, and this just proves that we are the best team in the Ivy League” – co-captain Natalie Doyle ‘14
Having bested Brown the previous day, the women’s volleyball team took down Ivy-leading Yale in a back-and-forth five-set match that propelled Harvard to second place in the Ivy standings. Yale entered the match with a 23-match Ivy League win streak. The Crimson victory places Harvard within two games of Yale for the overall conference lead.
“I felt the kick leave my foot, and it just felt good. There was no doubt I was going to miss that.” – Andrew Flesher ‘16
A week after missing a would-be game-winning field goal, backup kicker Andrew Flesher sealed the Crimson victory against Dartmouth with a 23-yard field goal at 48 seconds remaining. The win brings Harvard to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League.
“Talk about saving the game. Our goalies were like Supermen back there—they saved the game. So many times they get their hands on balls that I can’t even imagine, and they keep us in [the game].” – Margaret Purce ‘17
For the fourth time in six years, players of the Harvard women’s soccer team secured their places as Ivy League champions. A 2-1 final score extends the Crimson win streak to 13 games, the team’s longest since 1999.
“Coach told me to get up front and kind of relax and chill as much as I could, and then just take the race over when I felt like I could strike it home. At 5K, I felt like I could speed up and I wanted to take it over, so I did that, and the Dartmouth guys just couldn’t keep up.” – Maksim Korolev ‘14
After leading the Harvard men’s cross country team for the entire season with fellow co-captain James Leakos, senior Maksim Korolev produced a blazing 23:28 8k to finish first and take the individual title at Princeton’s Heptagonal Championships. Korolev’s overall time–which translates to 4:43 per mile–beat the previous Ivy record by 13.6 seconds.
“It was amazing when that final whistle went today. To look back at where we were in August and where this Harvard Radcliffe team has gone to now is just amazing. It gives us so much hope for our spring season and for the future. Everyone is just so happy right now.” – co-captain Xanni Brown ‘14
In the last game of the Harvard’s first season for varsity women’s rugby, the Crimson won the Ivy League title with a 29-0 victory over top-ranked Dartmouth. A previous loss to Dartmouth was the only Ivy defeat for the Crimson in its first year as a varsity squad.