Year in Sports

Heartbeat Heroes: Varsity Team Managers

Often considered “the heartbeat of the team,” team managers play an integral role in varsity sports. The Crimson sat down with four managers from Harvard’s basketball, lacrosse, and squash programs to learn more about the position.

50 Years In, Harvard Women’s Tennis Finds Glimpses of Glory

Excellence in sports is not something that comes overnight. For the Harvard women’s tennis team, it has taken almost the entirety of the team’s five-decade existence to prove itself in the competitive landscape of both the Ivy League and NCAA.

Harvard Avoids Heartbreak in Westport, Bests Bucknell 13-12

Grit. Determination. A desire for victory. These traits are what define a team that, against all odds, can find success. However, an additional attribute aided Frisbie Family Head Coach Gerry Byrne and his men’s lacrosse team in its comeback victory against the Bucknell Bison earlier this season: preparation.

One-and-Fun: With Season for the Ages, Malik Mack Wins Male Rookie of Year

Malik Mack loves to operate under pressure. And many times this season, Harvard men’s basketball Head Coach Tommy Amaker has asked Mack to do just that, putting the ball in his hands and trusting him to make the right plays when it matters most.

Cooper's Next Big Hit: The Harvard Mixtape

George Cooper is used to taking big swings. The junior outfielder is known for his free-swinging at the dish and his infectious presence in the dugout. But since arriving at Harvard, Cooper has also been immersing himself in another ultra-competitive environment with a high risk of failure: the music industry.

‘Everybody’s Kind of Blue’: Harvard’s Last-Second Loss to Brown is the Heartbreak of the Year

The Harvard football team’s loss against nemesis Yale, which resulted in the team having to split the Ivy League title three ways, might seem like an apt choice for the Heartbreak of the Year. But the football team still shared a slice of the conference title. The men’s basketball team wasn’t so lucky.

Callie Hem, Female Athlete of the Year

Nearing the end of the team’s best season in 10 years, the Harvard women’s lacrosse team is ready for the Ivy League tournament. Holding an impressive 10-4 record, the squad seems to have found its groove. A major part of the Crimson’s success is its powerful offense, as Harvard finished the season with the highest goals per game, assists per game, and percentage of converted shots in the Ivy League. A key piece of the offense, this past season, was senior attacker Callie Hem, who, for her performance this past season, was awarded The Crimson’s title of Female Athlete of the Year.

‘One Match at a Time’: Men’s Tennis Methodically Works Its Way to Glory

Winning a third consecutive Ivy League title (the 33rd in program history), dominating on the court, and showing great promise for the future, the Harvard men’s tennis team has earned itself the honor of Team of the Year after a season of triumphs.

Seeing Red: Harvard Men's Lacrosse's 10-8 Comeback over Cornell, the Game of the Year

The Harvard men’s lacrosse team pulled off a comeback victory against No. 4 Cornell that altered the trajectory of its season, put it back in contention for a spot in the Ivy Tournament, and proved that despite not performing to the same level as last year, that the team did indeed deserve to be lauded amongst the other top schools in the nation.

‘We Can Do Hard Things’: Grace Taylor's Success in Harvard Women's Lacrosse While Battling Cancer

Earlier this month, Harvard women’s lacrosse’s sophomore defender Grace Taylor earned her second All-Ivy Honorable Mention accolade as a key member of the defense that led the Crimson to the Ivy League women’s lacrosse tournament. Impressive, yes, but even more impressive is how Taylor was using her stick as a cane less than six months earlier.

Taylor-ed to My Liking

Sophomore defender Grace Taylor runs through her teammates in a huddle at one of Harvard women's lacrosse's spring games.

Two Jerseys, Two Teams, Four Years: Meet Harvard's Two-Sport Athlete, Maggie McCarthy

Some Harvard students devote most of their time to studies, others spend hours split between the classroom and the field, while others begin their morning in one jersey and end their day in another. Well, just one: graduating senior and women’s basketball captain Maggie McCarthy.

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