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.
For the ski team, bonds can just as easily form during heated debates in the lodge after practice as they can in the team van at 5:30 a.m. Is pasta a noodle?
For Sechrest, now a junior co-captain for the Crimson, post-victory celebrations are both a welcome and frequent part of his water polo career. Whether the enthusiasm comes from getting into Harvard or tossing the ball into the net during a high-stakes game, success has never had any trouble finding the former Capistrano Valley Cougar.
The Harvard women's crew team prefers to go by a different name. Radcliffe, the former women's college associated with college, is the namesake of women's crew in remembrance of the imbalance of resources afforded to the burgeoning women's side in the 1970s.
Harvard women's volleyball laid down the gauntlet this weekend, picking up its first Ivy League win against Penn and handing conference leader Princeton its first loss. This sweep came on the heels of a difficult stretch of conference losses.
Harvard is coming off a four-game win streak, including last weekend’s 6-0 shutout against Yale. This marks the best start in the history of the Crimson’s field hockey program, the team having lost only one of eight games this season.
Not only did Harvard cruise through this weekend’s matches as it faced two Massachusetts rivals — Northeastern and UMass — but sophomore forward Natalie Sicher’s breakout game on Sunday earned her the title of Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.