With a 2-1 victory over St. Lawrence in Sunday’s matinee, Dartmouth advanced to the quarterfinals of the ECAC Championship where it will clash with the Crimson in a best-of-three series for a spot in Lake Placid's semifinals.
As Harvard (14-11, 9-1 Ivy) prepares for the Tigers (11-14, 3-7) and Quakers (19-7, 9-1 Ivy) in its penultimate regular season weekend, the focus is clear: continue its late-season momentum and avoid even thinking about the second trip back to Philadelphia on March 10.
Despite the Crimson’s sizable cushion from the Bulldogs and Bears in the current standings, Harvard was considerably challenged by both teams in their prior matchups this season, sneaking by with single-digit wins.
In an all-important weekend, Harvard women’s basketball will travel to Princeton, N.J., and Philadelphia, Penn., to take on the only other two teams in the Ivy League with just a single loss in a two-day battle for the top of the conference.
Harvard men’s basketball returns home to Lavietes Pavilion this weekend, clashing with Princeton on Friday night followed by Penn on Saturday afternoon. In its month-long stretch of games away from Cambridge, the Crimson gritted its way to late-game wins against Yale, Dartmouth, and Cornell.
This year, with the triumphant taste of last season still fresh in players’ mouths, the Crimson faces off against the Terriers in a rematch of the 2017 finale, hoping to expunge one of the tournament’s old nicknames (the "BU Invitational") once and for all.
Harvard will again embark on an extended bus ride this weekend, trekking to the Empire State to take on Columbia Friday night and Cornell Saturday night. The Crimson must place its sole attention on returning back to Cambridge with its conference unbeaten streak untouched.
Preview: Men's Hockey Looks to Take It To Another Gear, Avoid Falling to .500 Against a Hot Dartmouth Team
It’s time for the Harvard men’s hockey team to take it to another gear. The squad is cutting it close, though. With only eight games remaining in its regular season campaign, the Crimson is still in the progress of “clicking.” After last weekend’s back-to-back shutout losses, Harvard risks dropping to .500 if it falls to Ivy League rival Dartmouth this Friday.
Harvard has won four of its last five in a span of hotly contested battles with non-conference and Ancient Eight opponents alike. This weekend marks the middle of its all-important opening Ivy League home stretch.
Yale's season has been marred by injuries to key contributors, and Brown's rotation has a notable lack of height. However, Harvard will still face two formidable tests when it travels to face these league foes this weekend.
Donato and his Harvard squad know what’s in store this weekend, as the Big Red and the Raiders barrel into town bringing their grit and defensive intensity with them. Both visitors are looking to cap off sweeps in their regular season series with the Crimson, after an early-season trip to Upstate New York proved unfruitful for this weekend’s hosts.
Tomorrow afternoon, Harvard men’s basketball will head into the confines of Rupp Arena, home of No. 7 Kentucky, for what will undoubtedly be a battle of the youth.
For Harvard, the road to a winning record ideally begins this weekend. The Crimson embarks on its least busy month of the schedule—just four games are slotted for December—with a pair of ECAC contests featuring Quinnipiac on Friday and Princeton the following night.
Come Friday, the Crimson begins its trek to redemption at Lavietes against MIT. While Harvard’s starting lineup is still anyone’s guess, one thing is for certain: the Crimson’s sophomore class will be at the center of the team’s success.