After bursting out to a commanding 2-0 lead over her opponent, No. 3 Trinity College’s Nanna Carleke, Harvard junior Hannah Craig fell just short in the third and fourth games. In the decisive fifth game, Craig responded with a dominating showing, overwhelming Carleke with an 11-2 victory to secure the seventh seed matchup for the Crimson. It was one of Harvard’s eight victories in its 8-1 romping of the Bantams on Feb. 5.
Friday’s win against No. 13 Brown (pictured above) and Sunday’s triumph versus No. 4 Yale would mark the Crimson’s 12th and 13th victories against ranked opponents, helping Harvard to its perfect 13-0 record. Feb. 15 will break the ranked opponent streak for the Crimson as the team squares off with an unranked foe for the first time this season against the Big Red of Cornell.
No. 10/10 Women’s Ice Hockey Falters in Beanpot Consolation, Fails to Continue Saturday’s Late-Game Heroics
Coming off a dramatic comeback win against Colgate on Saturday, Harvard entered the Beanpot consolation looking to add a quality non-conference win to its resume. In an earlier meeting on Dec. 31, the Crimson went on the road to Boston College and soundly defeated the Eagles, pushing the margin to a 7-1 victory over the then top-10 team. In Tuesday’s contest, however, BC capitalized on the opportunity for revenge. After falling to a 3-0 deficit, Harvard only mustered one goal in response as the Eagles soared to a 3-1 victory.
After a fourth-place finish in this year's Boston hockey classic, the Crimson will close out its conference slate hoping to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
Harvard dealt Yale its first loss in Ivy League play this season at Lavietes Pavilion Friday evening, surpassing the Bulldogs by a final score of 66-57 in a game that featured four competitive quarters of action. Making an infrequent appearance in the Crimson’s (12-6; 3-2 Ivy) starting lineup, co-captain and junior forward Rachel Levy led Harvard’s charge against Yale (14-4; 4-1 Ivy) on both ends of the court. In 34 minutes of play — the most Levy has ever played in one game for the Crimson — she did it all.
Jack Drury and Nick Abruzzese continued their torrid streaks, and the second powerplay unit cashed in en route to a 6-2 victory.
It has been a season of ups and downs so far for the Crimson. The team has racked up three individual tournament wins and 17 top-eight finishes overall, but has also found wins hard to come by in dual meets.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Harvard men’s and women’s tennis teams were far from focused on the primetime event later in the day. On their minds was the goal to rattle off more victories and keep the momentum going into later crucial matchups. And the focus paid off, as the Crimson teams dominated their competition in quick fashion.
With under three minutes left in the first semifinal of the 2020 Beanpot, No. 10/10 Harvard had managed to keep the deficit at 2-1 against No. 3/2 Northeastern. The Crimson defense and its junior goaltender Becky Dutton had faced many close calls from the Huskies attack—notably a puck off the post in the third and a series of key saves from Dutton—but seemed to maintain a “bend don’t break” attitude.
Though the Crimson scored the first goal, defending champions Northeastern overcame a deficit to earn a place in the Beanpot final.
In two hard-fought contests, the Harvard women's basketball team took on Ivy League opponents Princeton and Penn. The Crimson split the two games, bringing its record to 11-6 (2-2 Ivy League) on the year.
The Harvard women’s ice hockey team defeated Dartmouth 4-0 this Friday, adding a critical win to its record as the No. 10 Crimson shoot for an NCAA tournament berth heading into the season’s final four weeks.
To kick off Ancient Eight competition, the Crimson fell to Dartmouth in Hanover on Jan. 11. Harvard returned home to Cambridge on Jan. 25 and redeemed itself in a double digit victory against the Big Green. Though the Crimson (10-5, 1-1 Ivy) and Dartmouth (7-8, 1-1 Ivy) each came away with one win and one loss, Harvard surpassed the Big Green in aggregate scoring by 14 points by overcoming its last-second loss with a resounding win.
An eventful last five minutes, in which each team notched its only goal of the night, brought the game to overtime. But extra hockey could not provide a more conclusive result.
The Crimson came away with a decisive victory on a grand stage — one which it hopes will revitalize its season as the second half of the campaign begins.
The Union Dutchwomen and Rensselaer (RPI) Engineers have struggled in league play, yet both teams managed to start strong against Harvard in last weekend’s ECAC matchups. Nonetheless, the Crimson eventually cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Dutchwomen, thanks to a five-goal second-period explosion, and outlasted the Engineers 3-0, methodically putting up one goal in each frame.