After losing the Ivy League Championship Series in 2016 and 2017 against Princeton, maybe all Harvard softball needed was a change in scenery. The Crimson traveled to Hanover, N.H., where it bested Dartmouth in two games to claim the Ancient Eight title and advance to the NCAA Regionals.
At the Penn-hosted Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, the Crimson track and field teams left with nine first place medals. Across the two day meet, the women's team placed second while the men finished sixth.
In its inaugural trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Crimson squared off with 19-time champion UCLA on the Bruins' home turf. Under the lights of the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., Harvard went up one game before dropping three consecutively.
Despite jumping out to leads in all three of its games, the Crimson could only muster one win on Sunday to avoid being swept by Cornell. The team must regroup for its final matchup of the year in order to clinch a spot in the Ivy Championship series.
One win was all that the Harvard needed. After picking up that one win at Brown, the Crimson dropped the other two to close out its season, but will head to the Ivy Championship series for the third straight year.
On Thursday, the Crimson track and field team made the six-hour trek down to Philadelphia for the historic Penn Relays, in addition to sending a few others on a trip to Stonehill for the Skyhawk Invitational, in this final week of preparation before the divisional championships.
In an athletic display of prowess that can only be analogized to the dynasties of the Chicago Bulls in the 90’s and the New England Patriots of the 21st century, the No. 17 ranked Black and White captured the Eastern Sprints Championship for the fourth year in a row.
This weekend appeared to be a golden opportunity for a three-peat, as the team was tied for first entering the final day of play, but it was not to be. Harvard slipped to a third place finish after a difficult final round.
The Crimson is now gunning for its first Ivy League Championship title since 2005, when it defeated Cornell at O’Donnell Field in Cambridge, Mass. Thirteen years later, Harvard might just have what it takes to get back to the championship series.
At the end of the final round of the Ivy League Championships, the Harvard women’s golf team remained tied with Princeton for the top spot to decide the conference crown. In dramatic fashion, the Crimson came up just short in a playoff hole against the Tigers to decide the Ancient Eight title.
In its last game before heading to Brown to close out the regular season, the Crimson lost a low-scoring affair against Boston College, 3-1, at the new Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton.
When you know you have a good team, just put your head down and go to work. The Bad Boys, out of Cambridge, Mass., know it best. The baseball team took two of three from the visiting Brown squad last weekend, evening its division record.