The Harvard Crimson are the 39th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Crimson went 8-8 overall in 2016, and 3-3 in Ivy League play. Harvard fell to Yale, 14-9, in the Ivy League championship game. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Crimson begin the season on the road against two fellow Massachusetts squads. They’ll travel to take on UMass Lowell on February 18, followed three days later in Worcester against Holy Cross. The team’s home opener is February 25 against UMass.
March opens up with a home against against Vermont on the 4th, followed by a big nonconference battle at home against Penn State on March 11. Last year up in Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions edged the Crimson in overtime, 13-12. Ivy League play opens up on March 18 against Brown. The two teams split last year’s pair of meetings, with Brown winning the regular season meeting, while Harvard upset the Bears, 13-12, in the Ivy League semifinals. The Crimson travel to nearby Boston to take on Boston University March 21, before resuming Ivy League play on the road against Dartmouth on March 25. March wraps up with a home game against Albany on March 29.
Harvard ends the season with three of their final four regular season games at home. They host Cornell on April 8, followed by a meeting with the Penn Quakers on April 15. After traveling to take on Princeton on April 22, the regular season wraps up at home against archrival Yale on April 29.
Harvard loses a ton of seniors from 2016. Gone is Devin Dwyer, who led the team in all offensive scoring categories, as well as Will Walker, Ian Ardrey, Sean McDonagh, Sean Mahon, and Brendan Newman. Junior attackmen Morgan Cheek, Joe Lang, and J.T. Palladino return to Cambridge, along with junior midfielder and La Salle College High School product Sean Coleman. The return of midfielder Peter Blynn will help, but guys such as Larsen Bidstrup, Jake Scott, and Beau Bayh will need to step up. Don’t be shocked if some freshmen, such as attackmen Jeremy Magno and Kyle Anderson, along with midfielders Nigel Andrews, George Loring, and Dalton Follows get some time this season. On defense, Bobby Duvnjak, Walker Kirby, Stephen Jahelka, and LSM Jack Breit have graduated. LSM Matt Ryan returns as a senior, along with senior defenseman Luke Mendola and sophomore Jonathan Butler. Ryan Norton and Spencer Daniel will probably see some starting time, but also look for stud freshmen Beau Botkiss and David Strupp to sneak in as well. Junior goalie Robert Shaw returns in the cage, while sophomore James Sullivan hopes for a bounce-back season as he becomes the main FOGO after going 66-of-170 from the X in his freshman year. The Crimson are very young and they will see some growing pains, but it may help them in the long run toward the Ivy League Tournament.
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