Connor J. Wagaman
In its first weekend of back-to-back road games, Harvard stole the home-ice advantage from its opponents, cruising to a 6-2 win over No. 7/7 Princeton and outlasting Quinnipiac in a 3-2 overtime thriller to remain undefeated.
This weekend's field hockey matches had little in common: Ivy play and interleague play, unranked rival and top-25 opponent, a history of wins and no history at all. The games themselves were similarly different - a fast start and a slow start, a blowout and a forced overtime.
Both of the Crimson's contests this week were within a one point margin. The first, a contest against No. 18 that fell against the team from Cambridge. Harvard's fortuned flipped on Monday in a 3-2 victory over in-state rival, UMass.
The Crimson had little time to shake off its offseason rust, heading straight into play against No. 22 Albany and No. 4 UConn.
Entering this weekend, No. 9/9 Colgate had never lost a playoff series to Harvard in the ECAC tournament. After a 5-2 domination of the Raiders (23-9-5, 17-4-3 ECAC) on Friday, 2019 looked like the year for the Crimson (12-15-5, 9-9-4) to write a new trend into the history books. Colgate never looked back, though, after an all-Raiders final part of the first, and Harvard’s 2018-19 campaign came to a close.
The ECAC quarterfinal series against Colgate continues Saturday, with the puck drop slated for 3 p.m. A Harvard win means a ticket to the semis - a loss, and the Crimson refocuses for a season-deciding matchup on Sunday.
Not only did the national championship have major implications for the program — it also forged lasting relationships among players. The team remains tight, and communication is frequent.
For the first time since the 2005-06 season, Harvard tied both games in a single weekend, staging a comeback against Brown to equalize the Bears 3-3 and holding Yale to a 2-2 draw.