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Griffin Wong

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O Captain My Captain

Harvard Football in the Spotlight as 2022 Season Approaches

After narrowly missing out on an Ivy League title in 2021 with an 8-2 campaign, a season of redemption soon begins for Harvard football. In just over a month, the Crimson will return to the field for a Sept. 16 clash at Harvard Stadium against Merrimack. Expectations for the coming season are sky-high; in the 2022 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll, Harvard was tabbed to win the conference, tied with Dartmouth with 108 points.

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Commencement 2022

A Note to Readers

If this Year in Sports has taught us anything, it is that Harvard athletes are resilient. This Year in Sports hopes to encapsulate our athletes’ incredible efforts in elevating Harvard athletics despite adversity and proving that, indeed, Crimson sports – and Crimson Sports – is back.

The Game

A Fade Not Forgotten: Football v. Yale, Game of the Year

The 137th installment of The Game featured three lead changes, junior kicker Jonah Lipel breaking the Ivy League single season field goal record, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and a 66-yard, 59-second drive by the Crimson to secure a wild victory. It was junior wide receiver Kym Wimberly who came down with the winning score, a 12-yard fade from junior quarterback Luke Emge.

Minny Man

Football to Face St. Thomas in Home-and-Home Series in 2023 and 2029

Starting in 2023, Harvard football will add a new opponent to its ledger; the team announced via its Instagram account on April 12 that it will play a home-and-home series against the University of St. Thomas, beginning with a clash at Harvard Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023, and ending at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 15, 2029.

Wimberly's Winner

Hero of Harvard-Yale: Inside Kym Wimberly's Decision to Run it Back

After permanently etching his name into the history books for his game-winning catch in Harvard's 34-31 victory in the 137th Edition of The Game, where did Kym Wimberly go? Right back to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Women's Ice Hockey

No. 9/10 Women’s Hockey Heads Into Winter Break with Pair of Conference Victories Over Union, RPI

In its final pair of games before the upcoming three-week winter holiday, the No. 9/10 Harvard women’s hockey team pulled out two victories — one in thrilling fashion and one by a comfortable margin.

Game Over

Last-Minute Comeback Lifts Football to 34-31 Win Over Yale in 137th Playing of The Game

The 137th iteration of The Game emerged as an instant classic — even for one of the most storied rivalries in college athletics.

Wrapping Up

‘There’s Nothing Like It’: Harvard Football Travels to Face Yale in the 137th Playing of The Game

As the old adage goes, “Eventually, all great things must come to an end.” Harvard (7-2, 4-2) concludes its season against Yale (5-4, 4-2) in New Haven, Conn., in the 137th installment of The Game, which will mark the final chapter in what has been a successful season for the Crimson.

All Together Now

Quaking in Their Boots: Harvard Celebrates Senior Day With 23-7 Victory Over Penn

The score line belied how competitive the game was, as the Quakers earned more first downs, had more passing yards, and possessed the ball for nearly as long as Harvard. The Crimson defense stepped up in clutch situations, winning the turnover battle 4-0 to help earn the win.


‘Go 1-0 This Week’: Harvard Football, Needing Two Victories and Some Help for a Conference Title, Grounds Itself in the Present

When Harvard (6-2, 2-2 Ivy) welcomes Penn (3-5, 1-4 Ivy) to Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it will mark a celebration and an ending. The matchup is the Crimson’s last home game of the season, for next week the team will travel away from its friendly confines, where it has gone 456-227-34 (.660) all time. On Saturday, Harvard will celebrate the 18 seniors on its roster as the squad plays on Soldiers Field for the last time.

Red-Hot Rushing Attack

Hey There Harvard, What’s it Like in New York City?: Crimson Roar Back into Ivy Contention with 49-21 Victory over Columbia

Coming off two consecutive losses, to Princeton on Oct. 23 and Dartmouth on Oct. 30, Harvard (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) traveled down to New York City knowing it needed to beat Columbia (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) to have any chance of roaring back into the Ivy League title race. It got off to a hot start, with two touchdowns from junior running back Aaron Shampklin propelling the Crimson to a 14-0 lead after the first frame, and cruised to a 49-21 win to quash all of the Lions’ hopes for a conference championship. At 6-2 (3-2 Ivy), Harvard is now just one game back of Princeton, Dartmouth, and Yale (who defeated Brown, 63-38, on Saturday to improve to 4-1) in the Ancient Eight.

Borguet Bounces Off Defenders

Playing for More Than Just Pride: Football Travels to Face Columbia and Roar Back into the Ivy League Chase

Football is a game of inches, especially in the defensive-minded Ivy League. A whistle and a few feet are all that separate Harvard (5-2, 2-2) from an undefeated record and control of its Ivy League fate. But, a controversial timeout against Princeton and a narrow miss on junior kicker Jonah Lipel’s 53-yard field goal attempt later, the Crimson sits at the fringes of the conference title race, with Saturday’s crucial matchup against Columbia (5-2, 2-2) in New York City looming ahead. Playing for more than just pride, the Lions will host Harvard at Wien Stadium at 1 p.m. Fans can tune in via ESPN+ or hear it over the radio at WRCA (1330 AM, 106.1 FM) or WHRB (95.3 FM).

Can't Catch Kym

No. 21/RV Harvard is Left a Few Feet Away from Completing Comeback in Defensive Battle Against RV/RV Dartmouth

The rain came down early at Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and with it, so did the offensive performances. As No. 21/RV Harvard (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) welcomed RV/RV Dartmouth (5-1, 2-1), the offenses got off to a slow start throughout the first quarter. In the early going, both teams remained mostly ground-bound, but when the rain stopped falling, the completed passes did. Both the Big Green and the Crimson orchestrated impressive touchdown drives and saw key contributions from many players in a game that came down to its final play. Ultimately, Dartmouth emerged with the 20-17 victory to improve to 6-1 and keep its Ivy League championship hopes alive. Meanwhile, Harvard fell to 5-2 and, after Princeton’s 34-16 victory over Cornell on Friday to stretch its record to 7-0, will need a lot of help to earn a share of the conference title.

Earning the Extra Yard

Preview: No. 21/RV Football Looks to Bounce Back in Showdown against Dartmouth

At the end of sixty minutes, if No. 21/RV Harvard (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) can outlast RV/RV Dartmouth (5-1, 2-1 Ivy), the victory would be its first over the Big Green in three seasons and mark the next crucial step in its quest for its 18th Ivy League championship.

Officiating Error

Ivy League Admits Officiating Error, But Princeton Football Remains Victorious over Harvard

The Tigers walked away from the game 6-0, finally emerging with the win after quarterback Cole Smith found wide receiver Jacob Bermilen in the back of the end zone in the fifth overtime period. Meanwhile, Harvard traveled back to Cambridge with a record of 5-1, convinced — rightly, as it turned out based on the Ivy League’s Sunday announcement — that it had won the contest with a quick slant from senior quarterback Jake Smith to junior wide receiver Kym Wimberly in the third overtime.