The Harvard field hockey team’s Cinderella NCAA tournament run came to an end at the hands of Northwestern on Friday evening.
On Friday, Harvard field hockey will make history when they step onto Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor as the first Crimson field hockey team ever to play in a Final Four game. The Crimson (17-1, 7-0) will challenge yet another Big Ten school: the Northwestern Wildcats (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten).
Field Hockey Advances to NCAA Final Four for First Time in Program History After Pair of 1-0 Victories
“Unreal.” That is how field hockey head coach Tjerk van Herwaarden described how he was feeling after No. 12 Harvard beat No. 2 Michigan on its own turf to clinch a seat among the final four in NCAA Division I.
With just a single loss over the course of 16 games, a perfect 7-0 Ivy League record, and the best team goals-against average in the nation (0.42), the Harvard field hockey team has earned a spot in the 2021 Division I NCAA tournament.
The water of the Charles River once again radiated with the sharp calls of the coxswains and glistened with the reflection of the oars with the return of the 56th Head of the Charles Regatta. This world-class competition brought in 2,231 boat entries from 619 different clubs across the globe to compete in 69 different events. Despite being a little over two years since the last time the regatta was held, the restoration of the annual race provided for a busy Harvard Square and thousands of spectators on the banks of the Charles.
Sophomore running back Aidan Borguet ran for 169 of the Crimson’s 229 yards on the afternoon, scoring two touchdowns before being pulled in the fourth quarter.
Despite resting junior running back Aaron Shampklin, who has been electric for the Crimson, Harvard’s run game didn’t suffer, with Borguet picking up the slack.
Lehman Hall stands among the businesses of Harvard Square on Monday night. Many students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, centered in Lehman Hall, support the removal of Harvard’s shopping week as their jobs are put in jeopardy.
The glowing steps of Widener Library in Harvard Yard sat empty on Monday night.
Even after four years of evading opponents in Blodgett Pool as a Harvard undergraduate, former Men’s Water Polo player Joseph H. Kaufman ’89 had never taken on a physical task as daunting as swimming the nearly 30-mile loop around Manhattan. That is until this summer, when Kaufman decided to take the plunge through the turbulent tides of the East, Harlem, and Hudson Rivers in New York City.
Video: One Year Later, Harvard Student-Athletes Reflect on Lack of Ivy League Competition Since Last March
March 10, 2021 marks one year since Harvard students received the news they would have to vacate campus. The Crimson sat down and spoke with three student-athletes to hear their reflections on the past year.
Slavikouski, the unanimous selection for Ivy League Rookie of the Year and the first Harvard wrestler to win the honor in 16 years, has been staying active despite the hiatus in Ancient Eight contests. Currently, he is training in his home country of Belarus and is set to compete at the U23 Nationals at the end of March, followed by the European Championships.
You might find some on-campus student-athletes running along the Charles, waiting for their team’s designated time slot to lift in Harvard’s athletic facilities, or following Google docs with workouts prepared by their coaches. Not all first-year students were allowed back on campus this semester, however.