Any pertinent observers of Harvard’s weekly halftime show may have noticed one glaring difference: the size of the band. The reason: Old Timers’ Day! This past weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the Harvard University Band.
Under the field’s Friday night lights, Harvard swamped Brown, holding the Bears to a single touchdown as they scored six of their own. Here’s what we took away from this weekend’s Crimson triumph.
Coming off a close loss in San Diego, the Crimson will try to extend its home winning streak against Brown to 10.
Spectators were left wondering if they truly were reliving the same quarter over and over again – or if Sinnett was just that damn good. In the end, Sinnett and the Toreros proved just good enough, staving off a late Harvard comeback attempt to take home a 31-23 victory.
Over that time period, Harvard accumulated four hat tricks – also a record – and clawed their way up to 6th in the country.
In April, Coach Jenny Allard lauded the Crimson (23-17, 16-5 Ivy) for “not having as many quality at bats as we’d like” and “giving pitches away”; last weekend, the team blew those fears out of the water, clinching their second straight Ivy League Title on Saturday and taking the trophy outright on Sunday.
This weekend was certainly full of clutch moments for the Crimson, the majority of which came in their first two matches against the Bulldogs.
For the first time, but certainly not the last, in her lengthy and lucrative tenure as Harvard’s head softball coach, Jenny Allard was moments away from making history.
Just as Harvard was ready to saunter away from the quagmire that is Operation Varsity Blues, we were hit with an admissions scandal on our own front piste.
However, a focus on hard work and perseverance this past week certainly paid off for Harvard, who swept Brown (8-13, 1-5) in this weekend’s games.
As the Crimson journeys into the 2019 softball season, high hopes and steep expectations are certainly coming along for the ride. After taking home its seventh Ivy League softball title under last year’s senior class, the group will look to replicate the feat.
As the clock ticked down, the audience stood at its feet, with fans from the Pine Tree State cheering each time a Black Bear ball found net and the Harvard’s men’s basketball team jeering every time Maine’s shots bounced off the backboard. However, the Crimson’s concentrated effort to throw the Black Bears off its scent failed, ultimately earning Maine a victory over the Crimson.
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For the Crimson, the journey to the NCAA Championships is a long one. Because the wrestling season doesn’t truly begin until mid-November, the team’s preseason training is “very long,” as Weiss puts it.
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