Crimson staff writer
Christopher D. Wright
Harvard traveled to Ridder Arena, the site of its last NCAA tournament game in 2015, hoping to kick off a successful NCAA tournament run. Its tournament run started with a matchup versus a familiar foe, the University of Minnesota Duluth; the Crimson had already lost to the Bulldogs twice during the regular season and looked to change its fortune.
Both No. 6/6 Harvard (22-9-1, 16-5-1 ECAC) and Princeton (13-14-5, 9-10-3 ECAC) knew that a victory on Feb. 27 would be critical to their NCAA hopes. The Tigers took game one 4-2 after a third period surge. However, the Crimson would bounce back with a 2-1 overtime victory in the second game to force the decisive battle. Ultimately, Princeton rode to a 3-2 victory in Game 3.
The No. 6/6 Harvard women’s hockey team has already won the Ivy League championship and Beanpot title, but it entered its two final games hoping to add the ECAC regular season championship. Harvard would go on to claim a 3-0 win over Union (5-28-1, 2-20 ECAC), capturing the eighth ECAC regular season title in school history and the first since 2015.
After defeating Boston University 4-1 in the opener last Tuesday to reach the championship match, the No. 6/6 Crimson (18-6-0, 13-4-0 ECAC) came out guns blazing, and after a high octane, dramatic 60 minutes of play, inched past an inspired Boston College, 5-4, to win the game, and hence the championship.
'Don't Stop Until You Win': Third-Period Charge Powers Women's Hockey Past BU, 4-1, in Beanpot Opener
The 43rd installment of the Beanpot Tournament, Boston’s annual clash featuring Boston University and Northeastern alongside Harvard and Boston College, began at Matthews Arena Tuesday night after a nearly two-year hiatus. The Harvard women’s ice hockey team used a strong third period to pull away from Boston University in the opening game of the tournament.
As classes wrapped up and campus grew quieter, the postseason push for the No. 9/9 Harvard women’s ice hockey team heated up. Winter break play was filled with highs and lows for the Crimson. The Crimson (12-5, 9-3 ECAC) dropped its first two games of the break to Minnesota-Duluth (13-7, 10-6 WCHA). After a 13 day intermission, Harvard regrouped with wins over conference foes Brown (2-14-2, 2-8-1 ECAC), Yale (12-4-1, 6-3-1), and Dartmouth (8-12, 2-11).
Building off of a statement win against Brown two weeks ago, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team continued its recent strong play by outlasting the University of New Hampshire, 3-2, last Tuesday at the Whittemore Center. The victory moved the No. 9/10 Crimson to 7-3-0 (4-3-0 ECAC) and sent the team into the Thanksgiving break on a two-game win streak.
The Harvard men’s tennis team’s quest for the ITA Fall Nationals in San Diego continued at the ITA Northeast Regional Championship in Philadelphia this past weekend. After six days of exciting competition, the Crimson secured a doubles title when senior Brian Shi and first-year Daniel Milavsky edged out a tough Cornell duo in a heated contest. Along with the doubles title, Harvard had two of the four singles semifinalists in Milavsky and junior Harry Walker.
It took just four minutes into the game for the Crimson (10-1-1, 3-1-0 Ivy League) to get onto the scoreboard, when junior forward Angela Caloia found the back of the net with a blistering shot, thanks in part to precise playmaking and assists from senior midfielder/forward Sophie Hirst and first-year midfielder Hannah Bebar. This quick goal was a strong start to Harvard’s 3-0 victory over Central Connecticut State University (10-5-0, 7-2 Northeast Conference).