With 16 games on the schedule this season, No. 14 Harvard field hockey only has eight battles left. Most recently, it drew the losing straw in a double-overtime quarrel with No. 4 Duke University — its only loss since a one-goal defeat to No. 7 University of Virginia back in early September. Over the first month of the campaign, the Crimson has been building up strength for its imminent Ivy League season.
This past Friday, the No. 25 Harvard football team (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) opened Ivy League play with a rivalry game against the Brown Bears (1-1) (0-1 Ivy League). The game ended in a victory for the Crimson, as it continued its 12-game winning streak against the Bears by a score of 34-31.
After returning from a trip to California which included a last minute 3-2 loss to Long Beach State and a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Pepperdine, Harvard women’s soccer looked ecstatic to be back at Jordan Field. The Crimson scored 15 goals across those four games and recorded shutouts against North Carolina State and Samford, leaving the team with a great deal to think about heading into the start of the Ivy League season this Saturday with a key matchup against rival Brown.
The Harvard men’s soccer team (0-2-2, 0-0) netted its first goal of the season to tie No. 23 Seton Hall (3-1-1, 0-0) 1-1 despite a more than two-hour rain delay, but later fell scoreless in a midweek game to the Northeastern Huskies (3-1-2) 0-4.
After a 2-0 start to the season in a pair of matches against the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut, No. 14 Harvard field hockey has begun its quest toward both the Ivy League and NCAA tournaments. However, a few things have changed since Harvard last took to Berylson Field in the spring, including new goalies, a fresh set of competitive first-years, and the Ivy League has changed the rules of its tournament — an impactful change that may work in Harvard’s favor.