Crimson staff writer
Co-captain Harrison Tafur separated his AC joint during the summer prior to his final season. The senior rehabilitated himself, assumed a leadership role, and helped lead men's water polo to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Although the season ultimately ended with a loss, the defeat came at the highest competition in the club level: the national championship game.
Harvard and Penn State entered their matchup on Thursday with a spot in the EIVA tournament final on the line. In a back and forth affair, the Crimson alternated winning sets with the Nittany Lions, winning the first and third before ultimately taking the deciding fifth set, 15-11, to secure the victory.
The Crimson extended its winning streak to six games after securing a narrow victory over conference rival Princeton on Friday night and then a dominant win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon.
The team is lined from top to bottom with Californians, 11 in fact. Meanwhile Yale and Princeton both claim only two players from the Golden State. The Crimson has built this this new-look baseball team on the grounds of ambitious recruiting, a newfound chemistry, and the adoption of new playing styles.
From New Mexico to Alabama and South Carolina, the Harvard baseball team has played seemingly everywhere besides its home turf, O’Donnell field. However, with Ivy league play on deck for the team, long flights and unfamiliar teams will be replaced with games in the cold northeastern spring against familiar foes.
While this weekend marked the official end of the wrestling season with the NCAA championships last weekend, it also marked the end of a distinguished career for one of Harvard’s very own, Josef Johnson.
Harvard is set to host Marist and Providence on Saturday. Coming off consecutive 6-1 losses, the team looks to get back on track near the midpoint of its spring season.
Whether it was his educational experience at Cal, the stratified educational system of the United States, or his growing relationship with Harvard University, Brown stressed the importance of quality education in his talk at HGSE.