On This Date in DHA History - November


As the nation's oldest University and the inventor of collegiate athletics, Harvard's athletics tradition and history is unrivaled. Here we celebrate pieces of that history with a look back at what happened on this date in Harvard Athletics.
 

November 3, 1979 - Women's Soccer Goes Back-To-Back

Harvard captured its second straight Ivy League women's soccer championship with a 5-1 win over Brown in the title game. Having earned varsity status for the 1977 season, the Crimson went an astounding 68-15-5 over its first five seasons including three Ivy League titles in four years.
 

November 5, 2016 - Field Hockey Finishes Perfect Ivy Season
The Harvard field hockey team finished 7-0 in Ivy League play for the first time in program history. The undefeated performance earned the Crimson its fourth Ivy League title and fifth-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament. Bente van Vlijmen '20 was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and she joined senior Marissa Balleza '17 on the All-America team.


November 11, 1977 - Cross Country...And Beyond
Aided by Judy Rabinowitz '80Harvard won the inaugural Ivy League women's cross country championship. Rabinowitz went on to become a world-class cross country skier and competed for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team in Sarajevo.


November 12, 2004 - Women's Volleyball Makes Its Mark
Nilly Schweitzer '05 racked up a match-high 14 kills, Kaego Ogbechie '05 added 12 kills, and Kim Gould '05 notched 26 assists and 17 digs to lift Harvard to a 3-0 win over Penn and guarantee the Crimson a share of the first Ivy League title in program history.


November 13, 1875 - Let "The Game" Begin

Harvard won the first ever Harvard-Yale football game with four goals and four touchdowns to no goals and no touchdowns for the Elis. Modified rugby rules were used for this inaugural meeting held at Hamilton Park in New Haven, with 15 men on each team. The Intercollegiate Football Association was organized one year later with Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia as members.


November 14, 1903 - Harvard Stadium Opens

Harvard Stadium, a 25th-anniversary gift of the Class of 1879 and America's first stadium built for college football, opened with the Crimson hosting Dartmouth. The Stadium's design features a horseshoe shape containing architectural elements of Greek stadiums and Roman circus. It was considered an engineering marvel, as it was the world’s first massive reinforced concrete structure and the first large permanent arena for American college athletics. In 1905, when football rule changes were discussed, one idea put forth was to widen the field by as much as 40 yards, but Harvard Stadium's stands, which were built with reinforced concrete, could not be moved to accommodate the change. Instead, the forward pass was adopted in time for the 1906 season.
 

November 17, 2007 - Rolling To Another Ivy Title

In just the fourth meeting between two teams with undefeated Ivy records in the final week of the season, Harvard defeated Yale, 37-6, in front of 57,248 fans at the Yale Bowl. The Elis, looking for their first unblemished season in 47 years and first outright Ivy title in 26 years, entered the game ranked 11th and leading the nation in rushing offense and passing defense. Harvard limited them to just 66 rushing yards and 109 total yards, and held Yale quarterbacks to only 43 yards on 22 attempts. Harvard's Chris Pizzotti '08-'09 threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson handed Yale its worst loss to Harvard at the Bowl since 1914.
 

November 19, 2016 - Women's Cross Country Completes Historic Season

Courtney Smith '18 won the individual title in 20:19.6 to lead the Harvard women's cross country team to its first Heps title since 1985 and seventh overall in program history. The team went on to finish second overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships, its highest regional finish in program history, and qualified for the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 2012.
 

November 20, 1909 - Fish Finishes At Harvard

Hamilton Fish '10 completed his Harvard career as a two-time football All-American in an era when only 11 players earned the distinction. The cum laude graduate rose to the rank of Major in the Fourth Division Infantry during World War I before serving in the United States Congress as a representative from New York from 1920 until 1946.
 

November 20, 2015 - Women's Volleyball Earns First Tourney Bid

The women's volleyball team punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament for the first time with a 3-1 win over Princeton in the Ivy League Playoff. The Crimson faced eventual national champion Nebraska on its home floor in the first round of the tournament, and shocked the crowd of 8,000-plus by taking the first set.
 

November 21, 1969 - Soccer Strings Together A Perfect Season

Two-time All-American Christopher A. Wilmot '72 and Ivy scoring leader Solomon Gomez '71 helped the Harvard men's soccer team to its first perfect regular-season record (12-0) with a 3-0 win at Yale. This marked the start to perhaps the most successful three-year period in program history, as the class of '72 graduated with a 39-4 overall mark and a phenomenal 32-1 regular season record.


November 22, 1884 - Little Red Flag

The "Little Red Flag," which is waved each time Harvard football scores against Yale, was believed to make its debut on this date. The original flag is still carried to every Harvard-Yale game by the alumnus of the College who has seen the most consecutive games between the rivals.

November 22, 1890 - National Champions

Harvard captured its first of seven national football championships with a 12-6 victory over Yale on the season's final day, completing a perfect 11-0 record.

November 22, 1963 - Two-Sport Standout

The soccer career of the legendary Christian L. Ohiri '64 came to a close with a two-goal performance in a 3-2 victory over Yale. Ohiri, who set nearly every school and League scoring record possible, was an All-American who helped Harvard win one outright Ivy championship and share in two other crowns. He also stared for the Crimson men's track team and set the school record in the triple jump at the 1964 IC4A's.  A native of Nigeria who lost a battle with leukemia while attending graduate school, Harvard's grass soccer fields are named in Ohiri's honor.
 

November 22, 1982 - Fourth In The Nation

Harvard placed fourth at the NCAA women's cross country championships, at the time the highest finish ever by an Ivy school. Kate M. Wiley '85 was the first Crimson harrier across the finish line, placing seventh overall.
 

November 22, 2014 - "The Game"Day Brings Eighth Straight Win Over Yale

Harvard football hosted ESPN’s College GameDay before the 131st playing of The Game. The Crimson came out victorious in one of the most memorable contests in recent memory, as Conner Hempel '16 found Andrew Fischer '17 for a 35-yard score with just 55 seconds remaining to best Yale, 31-24. Yale seemed to have an answer in the last minute, but a Scott Peters '16 interception sealed the victory. 
 

November 23, 1968 - Harvard wins, 29-29!

By scoring 16 points in the game's final 42 seconds, the Harvard football team rallied dramatically against Yale, allowing both teams to finish 8-0-1 and share the Ivy League championship.
 

November 25, 1961 - Football Flags Down Ivy Crown

The Crimson football team, under the guidance of John Yovicsin, earned its first Ivy League championship, finishing with a 6-1 League record after topping Yale, 27-0, in New Haven.
 

November 29, 1987 - Men's Soccer In Semifinals

The Harvard men's soccer team blanked Adelphi, 3-0, to move into the NCAA semifinals for the second-straight season. The Crimson, in the midst of six consecutive winning campaigns, finished the fall with an outstanding 14-1-3 mark.
 

November 30, 1893 - First African-American Captain

William H. Lewis L.S. '93 became Harvard's first African-American captain when he was elected to the post prior to the Penn football game. The Harvard law student, who was later appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney General by President Taft (then the highest federal position ever held by an African American), was an All-American in 1892 and 1893, becoming the first African American so honored. The first football scoreboard was used in the same game, a 26-4 win over the visiting Quakers.
 

November 1875 - Presidential Prowess

A. Lawrence Lowell '77, who later served as Harvard's President from 1909 until 1933, set school records in the 880 and the mile on the dirt track at Jarvis Field.
 

November 1977 - Another Squad Laces 'em Up

A collection of undergraduates formed a club women's ice hockey team under the tutelage of former men's goalkeeper Joseph D. Bertagna '73. One year later the sport attains varsity status and in 1981 wins its first Beanpot crown


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