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Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Both Turn in Top-25 Finishes at NCAAs

In Tallahassee, Fla., the Harvard men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Nationals for the second season in a row, with both teams improving on their 2019 finishes. When the dust cleared, the men finished in 12th and the women in 25th.


Women’s Hockey Spearheads Movement for Gender Equity in NCAA Tournament

The NCAA moved to expand the women’s ice hockey championship from eight to 11 teams earlier this month — a change that followed years of pressure from Harvard coaches, who argued that a playoff expansion would improve gender equity in college hockey.


From the Yale Daily News: Veritas Needs Lux

I understand how great it must feel to be listed ahead of Yale alphabetically; I can barely contain my excitement with our dominance over York College of Pennsylvania. I know this little win is what lets you sleep at night, but you just have to know that there are other ways of measuring which school is better.


Katey Stone Becomes First Female Head Coach to Reach 500 Wins, Leads Women’s Hockey to 6-3 Record

Harvard women’s hockey coach Katey Stone has no shortage of accolades under her belt: Eleven Beanpot titles, 11 NCAA tournament appearances, and three ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year honors. On Saturday, she added another: Her 500th career win — a triumphant 5-2 victory over Brown.


Former Harvard Men’s Basketball Standout and NBA Champion Jeremy Lin ’10 Appointed UNICEF USA Ambassador

On Oct. 8, 2021, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) USA announced that former Harvard standout and professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 would be the newest addition to its team as a UNICEF Ambassador. In this role, Lin will be helping children in a variety of different ways; however, he is specifically focused on advocating for the mental health of America’s young population.


No. 12 Field Hockey Set to Face No. 6 Louisville in First Round of NCAA Tournament

With just a single loss over the course of 16 games, a perfect 7-0 Ivy League record, and the best team goals-against average in the nation (0.42), the Harvard field hockey team has earned a spot in the 2021 Division I NCAA tournament.


Women’s Basketball Opens Historic Season with Road Loss to Boston College

Harvard women’s basketball returned to the hardwood Tuesday night for the first time in 612 days, and Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith did so for the final season-opener in her illustrious 40-year career. The announcement of Coach Delaney-Smith’s retirement at the end of this 2021-2022 campaign provides an opportunity for the Crimson’s newest influx of talent to write a successful final chapter in her storied run. Although Tuesday night’s 86-60 loss to Boston College did not begin this historic season the way Harvard had hoped it would, optimism remains strong in the program for the season ahead.


Women's Soccer Wins At-Large Bid, Headed to the NCAA Tournament for the First Time Since 2016

Two long days after Harvard completed its regular season with a win at Columbia, the Crimson can finally exhale. On Monday afternoon, Harvard (12-2-1, 5-2-0 Ivy League) learned that it earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it will join Ancient Eight rivals Brown and Princeton. The Crimson will travel to face Wake Forest (15-5-0, 7-5-0 ACC) in Winston-Salem on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Women’s Cross Country Wins Ivy League Heptagonal Championship, Men Place Second Ahead of Regionals

At Princeton’s home course in New Jersey, the Harvard women’s cross country team dominated its way to winning the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship for the first time since 2016. Two top-five finishers and five top-twelve finishers provided the Crimson women with the scoring depth necessary to capture the title. The Harvard men finished just behind Princeton in second, led by an exceptional performance by senior Matthew Pereira, who became the first Harvard individual champion since Kieran Tuntivate ’20 in 2018.


Men's Lacrosse Returns to Field for First Time since March 2020 in Fall Scrimmages

Hired as head coach of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team in 2019, Gerry Byrne has been tasked for the last two years with creating and fostering a team culture during the Covid-19 pandemic. With only four games under his belt due to the truncated 2020 season, Byrne found creative ways to build his unit.


Ivy League Admits Officiating Error, But Princeton Football Remains Victorious over Harvard

The Tigers walked away from the game 6-0, finally emerging with the win after quarterback Cole Smith found wide receiver Jacob Bermilen in the back of the end zone in the fifth overtime period. Meanwhile, Harvard traveled back to Cambridge with a record of 5-1, convinced — rightly, as it turned out based on the Ivy League’s Sunday announcement — that it had won the contest with a quick slant from senior quarterback Jake Smith to junior wide receiver Kym Wimberly in the third overtime.


A Family of Forbes: Siblings Reconnect with Harvard Basketball

While transfer students face the challenge of adjusting to a new environment, McKenzie had a unique advantage. Lavietes Pavilion houses a very familiar face: her brother Mason Forbes, who is a senior on the men’s basketball team and a standout in his own regard.


Football Handles Nationally-Ranked Holy Cross 38-13 to Improve to 3-0

For the first time in the 2021 season, Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) faced a team ranked higher than it as it traveled to Worcester, Mass., to face No. 24/RV Holy Cross (3-2, 0-0 Patriot League). The Crimson stepped up to the challenge, opening the game strong and pulling away in the fourth quarter with crucial defensive stops on fourth downs to secure a 38-13 victory.


JuCo to the Show: Owen Holt’s Unorthodox Journey to Professional Baseball

Owen Holt took an unorthodox journey to professional baseball, going from Lamar High School in his native Houston to football at Harvard and then dual-enrollment at Harvard and Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas, where he played baseball. His latest stop? The Cincinnati Reds organization, after he was drafted in 2021.


In Photos: Packed Stands, Historic Milestones, and 1-0 in the Ivy League

In front of a raucous crowd of 20,748 at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson started fast and never looked back. After building a 42-0 halftime lead, Harvard would go on to a 49-17 victory over Brown in its Ivy League opener and first home game since 2019. The Crimson's triumph would also be head coach Tim Murphy's 180th career win, a new Ivy League record that earned the Harvard bench boss a Gatorade shower at the game's end.


Undefeated Women’s Soccer Receives National Recognition ahead of Ivy League Opener

When No.15/23 Harvard entered the Top Drawer national women’s soccer rankings after just three games, more than a few eyebrows may have been raised. The Crimson had not been ranked by either Top Drawer or the United Soccer Coaches poll since November of 2016, when Top Drawer ranked Harvard 24th for one week before dropping the Crimson out of the rankings.


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Sophomore defender Taylor Fasnacht scores on the way to a 3-2 Crimson victory against St. John's on Sept. 5. Since the victory against the Red Storm, Harvard has drawn once and won once to maintain an undefeated record.


NOTEBOOK: Women’s Soccer Improves to 4-0-1 ahead of Final Pre-Ivy Matches, Best Start since 1996

With just two games separating Harvard from its Ivy League opener against Penn on Sept. 25, now is a good time to take a step back and consider the Crimson’s performance in its first five games. Harvard remains undefeated through five games for the first time since 1996, a season in which it went 15-2-0 overall and won all seven league games. It is an encouraging start to the season for a team with serious hopes of winning the Ivy League. Here are some takeaways from the opening few weeks of the season.


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