The Game marks a time for Yalies to come together to celebrate the navy blue as they battle our rivals from the North. That said, Yale students have had many other opportunities to cheer against Cambridge this season in fall sports. Going into Saturday, the Elis have a slight lead over Harvard at 4–2–2 overall. This weekend, it will be up to volleyball and football to see who will come out on top in 2014.
CROSS COUNTRY: YALE
Men and women’s cross country made their debut this year in a Harvard-Princeton-Yale trilogy meet here at the Yale Golf Course. The men’s team, despite falling short of an overall win, still managed a hefty win over Harvard with 32 points compared to the Crimson’s 68. The women’s program ended with similar results, taking Harvard 47 to 68. Shining stars included Kira Garry ’15, Kevin Dooney ’16 and Duncan Tomlin ’16, as well as Samantha Glass ’18 and Cameron Stanish ’18.
FIELD HOCKEY: HARVARD
This year’s field hockey game against Harvard was our 2014 home opener. Harvard’s forward Catriona McDonald scored a goal halfway through the first half, followed by teammate Marissa Belleza about 10 minutes in to the second. Yale made an attempt to tie it up with a goal by midfielder Kelsey Nolan ’17, but Harvard made a quick rebuttal with two more goals in the last 10 minutes that would seal the game’s fate.
Both women’s and coed sailing consistently dominated Harvard in their regattas this season. Peak performances included the women’s intersectional tournament hosted on the Long Island Sound, where Yale came out on top and Harvard finished 11th. The Elis also finished well above the Crimson in the Northeast Singlehanded Championship, at 53 points to Harvard’s 108, and at the Hatch Brown Trophy in Boston, where they placed first to Harvard’s 10th. This past weekend, Yale took fourth with 190 points at the Atlantic Coast Championship. Harvard finished with 239, landing the Cantabs in 11th place. Both teams have a few more races to finish out the season, but at the current stats Yale appears to have a commanding lead over the Crimson.
MEN’S SOCCER: HARVARD
Men’s soccer headed to Cambridge this year for their Ivy League opener against Harvard, where they fought off the Cantabs for the first half thanks in part to outstanding goalkeeping from goaltender Blake Brown ’15. Unfortunately, Harvard was playing aggressively on the attack with a game total of 14 shots on goal. One of them made it in 20 minutes and two seconds into the second half, and despite strong efforts made by the Bulldogs, in the end, they were not able to tie it up.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: TIE
Yale women’s soccer also played Harvard in Cambridge this year in what ended up being one of the most exciting games of the season. Defending champions Harvard went into the game with a nine-game winning streak in the Ivy League and the reigning Ivy League MVP, forward Margaret Purse. Not far off, Yale ranked 5–3–1 to Harvard’s 6–2–2. Both teams recorded 14 shots on goal in a double overtime stalemate. Yale defender Carlin Hudson ’18 and goaltender Elise Wilcox ’15 stood out for their impressive performances, including Wilcox’s five-save shutout.
MEN’S GOLF: YALE
In their season debut at the Doc Gimmler Cup, Yale took the lead in the rivalry by finishing first with 823 total points to Harvard’s sixth place finish at 844. In the Macdonald Cup on the Yale Golf Course, Harvard fought hard, but fell one point short of Yale’s 569 point, first place finish. In the culmination of the fall season, Harvard and Yale faced off at Maidstone, where Harvard finished on top 5.5 to 6.5 after Yale fell one match short of an impressive comeback. Yale still came out on top of the Ivy League for the fall season.
VOLLEYBALL: TO BE DETERMINED
Five-year running Ivy League champs women’s volleyball took on Harvard in New Haven on Nov. 1. The first set was neck-and-neck, but in the end Harvard took the lead 25–19. The following sets volleyed back and forth between Cambridge and New Haven wins, ultimately putting Yale one set down for the final match score of 2–3. But Harvard and Yale share the Ivy League title with 12–1–2 stats at the end of the season, and are set to play each other today in Cambridge to determine who will be moving on to the NCAA tournament.
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY: YALE
Men’s ice hockey swept a weekend for the first time this season last week with their 2–1 win in the third period against the Crimson. Harvard went in with an undefeated record and one game lead at 3–1–0 over Yale’s 2–1–1. The first two periods went 0–0 as both teams fought for the first goal, which eventually went to Yale’s Ryan Obuchowski ’16 in the third period, assisted by Cody Learned ’16 and Mike Doherty ’17. Doherty went on to have an empty-net goal 55 seconds before the clock ran out. Though Harvard put up a fight with a goal in the last 16 seconds, Yale had already secured the game.