Before their time in New Haven ended abruptly, student-athletes from the Class of 2020 led Yale to one of its most successful showings in school history. From double-overtime heroics at The Game, to Ivy League trophies across two seasons, look back on a historic year in Yale sports.

The Year in Yale Sports

In Photos: The 2019–2020 year for Yale Athletics

KAMM: The Unfinished Game

“Just as I never thought I’d see Yale score four touchdowns in the final 1:28 and overtime to beat Harvard in The Game, I never could have anticipated my Yale experience ending in such an unpredictable and isolated fashion.”

VOLLEYBALL: Three-peat concludes class of 2020’s career

Frances Arnautou ’20, Rebekah Nemeth ’20, Tristin Kott ’20 and Izzy Simqu ’20 have collectively earned six All-Ivy honors, one Player of the Year award and one trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.

MEN’S SOCCER: NCAA Tournament berth, outright Ivy title and national ranking highlight historic season

The Elis won their first outright Ancient Eight crown since 1991.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Bulldogs capture second straight Ivy title in abbreviated season

Seniors Jordan Bruner ’20 and Eric Monroe ’20 made leading contributions alongside the junior trio of Paul Atkinson ’21, Azar Swain ’21 and Jalen Gabbidon ’21.

FOOTBALL: Double-overtime triumph in The Game caps championship season for Team 147

Quarterback Kurt Rawlings ’20, who threw for 417 yards in the 50–43 victory over Harvard, earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Roxy Barahman, Megan Gorman elevate Elis to new heights

The 2019–20 Bulldogs tied a program record with 19 total wins.

CREW: Class of 2020 puts Yale’s crews among the nation’s best

Though the season never took place, heavyweight crew sought a fourth consecutive national championship in 2020, while lightweight crew and women’s crew both entered the spring ranked in the top 10.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Bulldogs set program record for wins

After a 17-win season, goaltender Tera Hofmann ’20 and defender Saroya Tinker ’20 were drafted into the National Women's Hockey League last month.

TRACK & FIELD: Indoor records highlight winter, DeLay shines in cross country

Kayley DeLay '21 won the 2019 Ivy League women’s cross country championship, finishing the 6-kilometer race in 20:45.6.

The Game: From 2016 to 2019

In 2016, quarterback Kurt Rawlings ’20 connected with receiver Reed Klubnik ’20 for two touchdowns in a 21–14 victory. Three years later, the same duo led the Bulldogs at the Yale Bowl as seniors, securing a 50–43 win in a double overtime classic. Relive each game through the lenses of our staff photographers.
Section Illustration by Dora Guo.