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A Family of Forbes: Siblings Reconnect with Harvard Basketball

While transfer students face the challenge of adjusting to a new environment, McKenzie had a unique advantage. Lavietes Pavilion houses a very familiar face: her brother Mason Forbes, who is a senior on the men’s basketball team and a standout in his own regard.


Football Handles Nationally-Ranked Holy Cross 38-13 to Improve to 3-0

For the first time in the 2021 season, Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) faced a team ranked higher than it as it traveled to Worcester, Mass., to face No. 24/RV Holy Cross (3-2, 0-0 Patriot League). The Crimson stepped up to the challenge, opening the game strong and pulling away in the fourth quarter with crucial defensive stops on fourth downs to secure a 38-13 victory.


JuCo to the Show: Owen Holt’s Unorthodox Journey to Professional Baseball

Owen Holt took an unorthodox journey to professional baseball, going from Lamar High School in his native Houston to football at Harvard and then dual-enrollment at Harvard and Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas, where he played baseball. His latest stop? The Cincinnati Reds organization, after he was drafted in 2021.


In Photos: Packed Stands, Historic Milestones, and 1-0 in the Ivy League

In front of a raucous crowd of 20,748 at Harvard Stadium, the Crimson started fast and never looked back. After building a 42-0 halftime lead, Harvard would go on to a 49-17 victory over Brown in its Ivy League opener and first home game since 2019. The Crimson's triumph would also be head coach Tim Murphy's 180th career win, a new Ivy League record that earned the Harvard bench boss a Gatorade shower at the game's end.


Undefeated Women’s Soccer Receives National Recognition ahead of Ivy League Opener

When No.15/23 Harvard entered the Top Drawer national women’s soccer rankings after just three games, more than a few eyebrows may have been raised. The Crimson had not been ranked by either Top Drawer or the United Soccer Coaches poll since November of 2016, when Top Drawer ranked Harvard 24th for one week before dropping the Crimson out of the rankings.


4-0-1

Sophomore defender Taylor Fasnacht scores on the way to a 3-2 Crimson victory against St. John's on Sept. 5. Since the victory against the Red Storm, Harvard has drawn once and won once to maintain an undefeated record.


NOTEBOOK: Women’s Soccer Improves to 4-0-1 ahead of Final Pre-Ivy Matches, Best Start since 1996

With just two games separating Harvard from its Ivy League opener against Penn on Sept. 25, now is a good time to take a step back and consider the Crimson’s performance in its first five games. Harvard remains undefeated through five games for the first time since 1996, a season in which it went 15-2-0 overall and won all seven league games. It is an encouraging start to the season for a team with serious hopes of winning the Ivy League. Here are some takeaways from the opening few weeks of the season.


Aiming Towards a New Goal

Former George Washington star and three-time ACWPC All-America honorable mention Andrew Mavis finished his illustrious college career in 2019, but has remained close to collegiate athletics through his passion for helping student-athletes navigate the new era of NIL.


The 98 Percent: NIL and a New Era of Opportunity for Harvard Student-Athletes

On July 1, 2021, a seismic shift occurred in the landscape of college athletics. When the NCAA adopted policies that grant Division I, II, and III student-athletes the right to profit off their name, image, and likeness (NIL), former Harvard men’s water polo player Nick Bunn ’19 and childhood teammate Andrew Mavis (who also starred in college at George Washington) launched a company help student-athletes connect directly with potential partners and profit from their NIL.


In Photos: Harvard Athletic Events Return to Campus in Full Force

For the first time in roughly a year and a half, Harvard Athletics is back. Four teams took to the pool, field, and court across campus as fans cheered them on in an action-packed weekend after the first days of classes.


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