On This Date in DHA History - March

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.

March 3, 1923 - The Night Hockey Changed Forever

Harvard head coach William H. Claflin, Jr. and multi-sport letterman George Owen '23 changed the game of hockey forever with their innovation of substituting entire forward lines instead of individuals. The revolutionary tactic, which became known as the shift change, helped Harvard defeat Yale, 2-1, in overtime.

March 5, 2011 - Men’s Basketball Secures Share of First Ivy League Title‚Äč
The men's basketball team claimed a share of the program's first Ivy League title with a 79-67 win over Princeton at Lavietes Pavilion Saturday night. Kyle Casey '13 led the Crimson with 24 points, while Brandyn Curry '13 added a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

March 7, 2014 - Kathy Delaney-Smith Becomes Ivy League's All-Time Winningest Basketball Coach
Kathy Delaney-Smith
earned career win No. 515 to become the winningest basketball coach in Ivy League history with a 69-65 victory over Yale at Lavietes Pavilion. Delaney-Smith finished the season with 517 victories over 32 years as head coach of the Crimson, surpassing legendary Princeton head coach Pete Carril’s career previous record of 514-261. 

March 14, 1998 - The First 16-Over-1
A national television audience looked on as the women's basketball team stuned the No. 1 overall seed Stanford, 71-67, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament behind 35 points and 13 rebounds from Allison Feaster '98. The win marked the first time that a 16-seed had defeated a 1-seed in either the men's or women's tournament.

March 19, 2006 - National Champs! Harvard Wins NCAA Fencing Title
Harvard won it’s first-ever NCAA fencing championship with a total of 165 points in Houston.  Benji Ungar ’08-09 won the individual epee national title.

March 20, 2004 - Mission Accomplished

Jesse Jantzen ’04 won Harvard’s first NCAA wrestling championship in 66 years when he captured the 149-pound title and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament after outscoring his opponents 53-15. Jantzen’s cheering section in St. Louis included John Harkness ’38, who until that time had been the only Crimson grappler to win an NCAA title.

March 21, 2013 - Cinderella Upset
The 14th-seeded men's basketball team upset third-seeded New Mexico, 68-62, to claim the first postseason victory in program history. Wesley Saunders '15 led the way with 18 points while Laurent Rivard '14 connected on five three-pointers to finish with 17 points.

March 27, 1999 - A Banner Moment
The women's hockey team knocked off New Hampshire in overtime, 6-5, to take home the AWCHA National Championship and put an exclamation point on a remarkable season. Freshman Jennifer Botterill '02-03 scored the game-winning goal and was named the tournament's MVP, with senior co-captain and Patty Kazmaier Award recipient A.J. Mleczko Griswold '97-99 earning the assist.

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