As the Harvard women’s soccer team prepared to kick off against Columbia in its final game of the season, every single outfield player in the graduating class had scored a goal in their collegiate careers—with the exception of one.
Harvard entered Tuesday night’s matchup against Boston University with the chance to make it one full month since last conceding a goal. Even against a potent Terriers attack that had scored in five consecutive contests, the Crimson defense held strong for nearly 89 minutes.
The women’s soccer team saw its matchup against Boston College on Wednesday night called off due to scheduling complications related to Hurricane Florence. With steady rainfall throughout the day and a trip to North Carolina looming for the Eagles this weekend, school officials agreed to postpone the game indefinitely.
Harvard managed to control play for much of the first half, earning its first halftime lead this season. The second frame, though, was all Friars. The home side netted three shots and pulled away with a 3-1 victory.
Three career games from three of the team’s most important players would bode well for any squad, but as it turned out, the Crimson would need every bit of individual brilliance from Anderson, Cheek, and Cuccurullo, and then some, on that chilly March night at Harvard Stadium.
With a possible spot in the Ivy tournament on the line and the seniors playing in their final home games at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson certainly had no shortage of motivation. The only question was whether there was enough time.
The Harvard and Penn men’s lacrosse teams both entered Saturday’s contest in Philadelphia, Penn., looking to break out of weeks-long funks. With the calendar inching towards May, when the conference tournament takes place in New York, every loss was becoming more and more costly.
Behind sophomore attackman Jeff Teat’s strong play, Cornell comfortably topped Harvard, 15-11, handing the visiting Crimson its first conference loss of the year. Harvard drops to the third spot in the conference, while the Big Red now sits second behind No. 3 Yale, which is still undefeated in the Ivy with a 4-0 record.
With the dramatic overtime victory, Harvard secured its best start to a season since 1990. Meanwhile, Boston University suffered its third straight loss after a promising start to the year. Senior Morgan Cheek broke an all-time program record for points in a game with 13.
Heading into the 2018 season, the Harvard men’s lacrosse team returns the bulk of its squad from last year, having graduated only five seniors. With a mix of strong leadership and talented underclassmen, the Crimson hopes to secure its first winning record since 2014.