Nate M. Bolan
Star Sophomore Wide Receiver Cooper Barkate and His Teammates Look to Claim Sole Ivy Title in 139th Matchup of The Game
The Harvard football team has had a record-breaking 150th season. 8-1 in overall play and with over 900 victories in program history, the Crimson heads into the historic Harvard-Yale weekend seeking the outright Ivy League Championship. A notable player amidst this historic season has been none other than sophomore wide receiver Cooper Barkate.
Before the season, Harvard men’s ice hockey head coach Ted Donato said that it would take time for the Crimson to establish an identity, especially on offense, with so many of its players experiencing college hockey for the first time. Three games into the season, the team is still looking for that identity, as well as its first victory, after a shootout loss to the Princeton Tigers and a blowout loss to the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the defending national champions.
On the back of an outstanding second-half shutout that saw Harvard women’s rugby score seven unanswered tries against Brown in a 48-14 victory, Harvard is now undefeated in NCAA play for the first time since 2021. This win gives the Crimson a seven-game winning streak in 15s, the style of play done in the fall season. Additionally, Harvard now holds a score differential of 280–38 through just five games.