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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.
In its last non-conference matchup of the season, Harvard built an early lead and never looked back. The Crimson ran up 30 points while keeping Lafayette out of the end zone in the 30-3 win.
Brown silenced Harvard’s potent attack on a windy Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field, dashing the Crimson’s hopes for an undefeated season and dealing it what could be a fatal blow in the race for the Ivy League title.
No. 19/RV Harvard Football Cruises Over Lafayette in Last Tuneup before Ivy League Showdown against Undefeated No. 20/25 Princeton
In its last non-conference matchup of the season, No. 19/RV Harvard (5-0, 2-0 Ivy) raced out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a 30-3 victory against Lafayette (2-5, 1-1 Patriot League). Missing a pillar of its sixth-ranked rushing attack after holding junior running back Aaron Shampklin out of the game as a precaution, the Crimson did not miss a beat, torching the Lafayette defense to the tune of 229 yards.
Coming off a grueling five-set loss on the road to Princeton last weekend, the Harvard women’s volleyball team (6-8, 3-2 Ivy League) responded with a huge 3-2 win at Yale (10-4, 3-2 Ivy League) on Friday, before falling to Brown (12-3, 5-0 Ivy League) 3-1 on Saturday.
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.
Men's Soccer fell to No. 24 Cornell 5-4 after conceding five and then scoring four unanswered goals to nearly complete an unthinkable comeback.
Harvard went into the halftime break in Ithaca tied 0-0 Saturday afternoon, having been neutralized by Cornell’s first-half press. But any hope of a massive Big Red upset was quickly stamped out in the second stanza, as two goals from junior center forward Angela Caloia keyed the Crimson’s 4-0 win after the sluggish first-half performance.
Trailing at halftime for the first time all season, the No. 22 Harvard football team’s perfect record looked like it could be in jeopardy Saturday afternoon against winless Cornell. That changed just minutes after the Crimson came out of the locker room for the second half. Harvard exploded for three second half touchdowns to coast past the Big Red, 24-10. The Crimson (4-0, 2-0 Ivy), riding high after being nationally ranked this week for the first time in five years, came alive for 14 points in the third third quarter to overcome a first half deficit and keep its perfect record alive.
The Harvard sailing team is back in action with its eyes set on the national championships. The team captured a trio of top-three finishes last weekend, marking one of its best weekends of the 2021 season.
The Harvard women’s tennis team had a successful weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Northeast Regionals, with three players qualifying for the Northeast Super Regional tournament. The Crimson competed against players from regional schools and members of the Ivy League at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Harvard was busy on the road this weekend, with a trio of games against Princeton, St. Francis College Brooklyn, and Iona College. The Crimson brought back two wins, over the Tigers and Gaels of Iona to start the conference season with a 2-1 league record.
After more than 18 months off the ice, the Harvard University men’s hockey team will return as one of the teams to beat in ECAC Hockey this winter.
Harvard opened its 2021 Ivy League slate against Yale on Saturday night, holding the reigning Ivy League champions to a 0-0 tie through overtime in New Haven.
No.10/20 Harvard spoiled Yale’s alumni weekend on Saturday in New Haven, controlling the game throughout en route to a 2-0 win at Reese Stadium that allowed the Crimson to remain one of the four undefeated teams in the nation.
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.
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 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.
Under the Friday night lights, students and fans filed into Harvard Stadium en masse for Harvard’s first home game since a 24-20 loss to Penn on November 16, 2019. Together, the sea of crimson and white formed a raucous crowd of 20,748, firing up the Crimson as it played its opening game of the 2021 Ivy League season. The crowd came to see a show, and Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) certainly produced one, running all over Brown (0-2, 0-1 Ivy) in a 49-17 victory.
Hannah Bebar calmly received the ball with her back to goal and took a touch before turning and firing into the top right corner to put Harvard up 3-0. By the time the ball rippled the net for the third time at Jordan Field, it had become clear that the Crimson will present a different type of challenge for Ivy League defenses this season. In their last four meetings, No.15/23 Harvard (7-0-1, 1-0-0 Ivy League) and Penn (5-2-2, 0-1-0 Ivy) had scored three combined goals. The Crimson matched that total on a sunny Saturday afternoon, cruising past the Quakers to open the conference season with a resounding win.
For the third time in its first six matches, Harvard played overtime after 90 minutes was not enough to find a winner. Unlike its other two games to go to overtime, the Crimson came out of this one victorious, sending Vermont home with a golden goal in the 107th minute from first-year forward Alessandro Arlotti.
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.
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.