Great Expectations: Fall 2012 Sports Preview

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The Fall 2012 semester has begun at Harvard, which means the start of classes, clubs, and most importantly, sports. Last year saw Crimson football go undefeated in the Ivy League, finishing with a decisive victory over the Yale Bulldogs at The Game. Harvard followed up this success with an amazing season for men’s basketball. The Crimson not only won the Ivy League title, but also made it into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946. Although the Vanderbilt Commodores knocked out Harvard in round two of the tournament, the team’s success throughout the season indicates that Harvard will be a force to be reckoned for at least the near future. Last year’s successes combined with the London 2012 Summer Olympics being fresh in everyone’s mind mean that all eyes are on Fair Harvard to deliver athletic greatness once again.

This Friday features men’s soccer versus Michigan State followed by women’s soccer versus Dayton. Women’s Volleyball will be hosting the Harvard Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Crimson football plays its opening home game on Saturday, September 15th against the San Diego Toreros. With coach Tim Murphy leading the team for the 19th year, Harvard is looking to have another excellent season. If the Crimson can win another Ivy League Championship this season, it will be the third title in a row. We’ll be watching from the press box — where will you be?

GAMES TO SEE THIS SEASON

Friday September 7:
Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan State (4:00 PM Soldier’s Field Stadium)
Women’s Soccer vs. Dayton (7:00 PM Soldier’s Field Stadium)

Saturday September 8:
Women’s Volleyball hosts Harvard Invitational at MAC (playing at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM)

Saturday September 15:
Football vs. San Diego (12:30 PM)

The best games, however, might be this season’s first few intramural games. Whether you’re a freshman playing to make friends or an upperclassman taking a shot at Straus Cup glory (and at Winthrop), play IMs.

Michael Altman ’14 (maltman@college) is rooting for the Crimson, and Lowell.