Can The Tiger Earn Its Stripes?: No. 16/RV Football Looks to Stop No. 17/22 Princeton in Battle of Undefeated Teams
What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? No. 16/RV Harvard (5-0, 2-0 Ivy) and No. 17/22 Princeton (5-0, 2-0 Ivy) will answer that question on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they face off at the Tigers’ home stadium in Princeton, N.J.
There is a common adage that history is bound to repeat itself. If history repeats itself Friday, the Harvard-Brown football rivalry will end with a Crimson victory. In a game that traditionally marks Harvard’s start to the Ivy League season, the Crimson has dominated the all-time series, 87-30-2, including its last nine overall and the last ten home games. The last time these two teams met on the gridiron, it was no contest, with Harvard running away in the second half in a 42-7 trouncing in 2019.
A year and a half later, the Crimson is finally back and ready to further the program’s success. However, the team is making sure to approach this year’s campaign with a calculated mindset.
It has been almost a year and a half since the pandemic stopped Ivy League competition, sent Harvard students home, and flipped the world upside down — but Harvard men’s water polo is finally back in the pool together and looking ahead to its first competition in 644 days.
Harvard will host Fairfield in its first home contest of the season this Saturday at 3:00 PM on Jordan Field. The Crimson went 1-2 on the road to open the season, defeating No. 19 UMass before falling to Holy Cross and Albany, with all three games being decided by just a single goal.
Harvard closes out its regular season this weekend at Lavietes against Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday with the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League up for grabs.
The Crimson hosts Rensselaer on Friday in a battle for a first-round bye in the ECAC playoffs. On Saturday, the team will entertain Union for senior night.
Riding an eight-game win streak, including six in a row on the road, the Crimson (13-4, 2-0 Ivy) will visit the Quakers (7-8, 0-2 Ivy) on Friday and the Tigers (8-7, 2-0) on Saturday as it continues its five-game road trip and looks to stay undefeated in conference play.
In Monday's 5:00 p.m. game, the Crimson and the Huskies kick off the 68th Beanpot tournament, which promises to showcase high-end skill and competitive parity among Boston's hockey elite.
Last weekend, the squad snapped the streak of going on streaks, splitting a weekend series between a win and a loss for the first time this season. The result now in the books and the ship steadied, the season stands at a pivotal moment.
After a 5-0-0 start in ECAC play and an appearance in the top 10 of national rankings, Harvard has since cooled off in a 4-game nonconference skid.
It is this very nature as a competitor that has led Murphy to where he is now: one victory shy of the record for most wins ever by an Ivy League football coach.
Playing on home turf, a dominating defensive performance ended in a loss as the Big Green secured a wild Hail Mary as the clock expired. Both squads will be heading to New York this weekend. The Big Apple offers a possible Ivy League crown for Dartmouth and a bounce-back game for Harvard.
The Crimson hosts two ECAC foes in its first double-header of the season, hoping to build on the momentum of its first win.
Harvard’s Ivy League title hopes are on the line this weekend as the undefeated, Ancient Eight leading Dartmouth Green arrives in Cambridge Saturday.
The Bright-Landry Hockey Center is on the eve of its annual winter-time festivities, as No. 19 Harvard opens the season at home against Dartmouth on Friday.
Harvard will attempt to win Ivies for the second year in a row this Saturday and will look to improve from last year’s Bronze in the NIRA Championship the following day.
For its homecoming game Saturday, Holy Cross is hosting Harvard. Amid the festivities and autograph sessions, the Crusader's will attempt to halt the Crimson's three-game win streak.
At a more micro level, the duel looks similar to past years as well. By virtue of being division rivals, the two squads know each other well.
Whether the Miami Dolphins' “Fish Tank” theory is correct or not, there is one man on the Dolphins roster that will undoubtedly not be playing to lose: new starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
For McColl and the other seniors, the berth into the Tournament is especially meaningful. The veterans of the Crimson squad will leave their mark on the program as they don a Harvard uniform for the last couple of times.