For a team that relied heavily on a deep senior class on the defensive end in 2017, Harvard football brought in a bevy of recruits to replenish its defense heading into 2018. The class is comprised of 12 offensive players, 14 on the defensive side, one kicker, and one punter.
In March, the NFL approved a change to its policy on hits to the head. There is still no targeting rule in place, which in the college game results in an automatic ejection for any player who is deemed to have led with his helmet in making a hit. However, it appears as though the NFL is trending in that direction.
Returning to Cambridge with a perfect record over the trio of this weekend’s matches, there is little chance of the team dropping in the CWPA’s new rankings.
With a third of the roster sidelined in total, the Crimson tripped to Farmingdale, New York, and teed off at the annual Doc Gimmler tournament. Able to field just four players instead of the typical five, the team would limp to a 10th-place finish in its first competitive tournament this year.
This weekend at the Fairfield Invitational, Harvard bookended a shutout loss with victories over Central Connecticut State on Friday and host Fairfield Saturday evening.
Harvard managed to control play for much of the first half, earning its first halftime lead this season. The second frame, though, was all Friars. The home side netted three shots and pulled away with a 3-1 victory.
The NCAA Outdoors represent the end of the collegiate season, and with that conclusion most track athletes go home to rest after the two seasons of running. After placing second in the meet, Thomas went to Switzerland.
Harvard dealt with some extreme weather this week, as it defeated Providence on Monday in 92-degree heat and lost to No. 22 UMass Lowell last night after a thunderstorm delayed kickoff.
On Sunday, Harvard locked horns with Quinnipiac, taking down the Bobcats on the road, 1-0, on freshman midfielder/forward Sophie Hirst’s second-half goal. On Wednesday night at Jordan Field, the Crimson (2-3) followed it up by dropping a 1-0 contest to the Maine Black Bears in a disappointing home loss.