In sentiment however, there is still a feeling of unease and restlessness — compounded with a bit of unexpected adversity — as Harvard (11-8, 4-2 Ivy) prepares for its long bus ride down to Princeton and Penn.
“We’re really looking forward to getting the chance to prove ourselves as a team against some strong, out-of-conference opponents early in the season,” said freshman attackman Austin Madronic.
This is the second of three road weekends for Harvard before they come home to face Penn and Princeton, the conference’s other two favorites, in two weeks.
One team will continue its recent Beanpot disappointment, while the other will earn a chance to compete in the finals for Beantown’s long sought after hockey prize.
After nearly three weeks away from competition, the Harvard women’s basketball team returns to the court on Saturday to begin its Ivy League schedule against Dartmouth at Lavietes Pavilion. In what has been an up-and-down season for Harvard so far, the Crimson looks to demonstrate its veteran resolve and determination heading into its conference games as it seeks a league championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament.
This year’s installment of the annually anticipated rivalry clash promises to deliver yet another spectacle of school spirit and high-quality hockey.
Before turning its attention to Cornell, Harvard will battle the Big Red’s Upstate New York travel partner, Colgate, on Friday evening looking to avenge last year’s series sweep at the hands of the Raiders.
For the first time, Madison Square Garden will play host to the storied hockey rivalry between the Crimson and the Big Red.
Notre Dame is not only ranked the best team in the country, but it is ranked as such unanimously. The Fighting Irish received 31 of 31 possible first place votes in the AP Preseason Poll.
On Tuesday night, Lavietes Pavilion will open its doors to crosstown rival MIT as Harvard suits up for its first competitive game since bowing out of the NIT eight months ago.
The Crimson will try to preserve a 78-year-old streak in its Friday battle with the Bulldogs before clashing with the Bears the following night.
This Saturday, Harvard football travels two and a half hours north to Hanover, N.H., to face Dartmouth. This time, the Big Green is undefeated in the Ancient Eight — and overall — and the Crimson is the team trying to claw its way back into contention.