Harvard Crimson men's lacrosse

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Harvard Crimson
Harvard Crimson logo.svg
Founded 1878
University Harvard University
Head coach Chris Wojcik
Stadium Harvard Stadium
(capacity: 30,323)
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Conference Ivy League
Nickname Crimson
Colors Crimson, White, and Black[1]
Pre-NCAA era championships
(13) - 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1990, 1996
NCAA Tournament appearances
1980, 1988, 1990, 1996, 2006, 2014
Conference regular season championships
1964, 1980, 1990, 2014

The Harvard Crimson men's lacrosse team represents Harvard University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's lacrosse. Harvard competes as a member of the Ivy League and plays its home games at Cumnock Turf and Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[2]


Harvard fielded its first lacrosse team in 1878,[2] and the following year, joined the United States National Amateur Lacrosse Association alongside New York University and nine club teams.[3] In 1881, Harvard defeated Princeton to win the first intercollegiate lacrosse tournament.[3][4] In 1882, the Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association was formed, and the following season also inducted the newly established Yale lacrosse team.[3] Harvard and Princeton dominated the league throughout the 1880s,[3] and the Crimson claimed the title in 1882, 1885, 1886, and 1887.[2] The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse League (USILL) was formed in 1905, divided into a Northern Division and Southern Division. Championships were awarded in each division based on record and strength of schedule. Harvard was named the Northern Division champions six consecutive seasons from 1908 to 1913, and again in 1915.[3]

In 1941, Navy refused to play the integrated Harvard team, so its athletic director ordered home its one black player rather than forfeit the game.[5] The Crimson secured the Ivy League championship with the best league record in 1964*, 1980*, 1990* and 2014* (* denotes title shared with at least one other team).[2] In 1971, the NCAA established the national championship tournament. Harvard made its first appearance in 1980, when it lost in the first round to Johns Hopkins, 16–12. The Crimson returned to the event in 1988 and were edge, 10–9, by Navy in the opening round. In 1990, Harvard won its first NCAA tournament game when it defeated Notre Dame, 9–3. In the quarterfinals, the Crimson were beaten handily, 18–3, by North Carolina. Harvard returned to the quarterfinals in 1996, after beating Hofstra, 15–12, and then fell to eventual national runners-up Virginia, 23–12. It was a decade before the Crimson again reached the tournament. They were beaten in the 2006 first round by Syracuse, 11–4.[6] In 2017 the coaching staff, on the way to another lackluster season, copied a move by "Coach K" of Duke and banned the players from wearing Harvard-logo apparel to practices, other than cleats and helmets with decals removed. The players were also locked out of the locker room. The players responded with protest of sorts, by wearing their helmets as they walked around campus, thus bringing attention to the finger-pointing (if derivative) tactics of the coaching staff.

Head coaches


  1. ^ "Harvard at a Glance | Harvard University". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d 2010 Quick Facts, Harvard University, 2010, retrieved May 31, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e David G. Pietramala, Bob Scott, Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, p. 12, Baltimore: JHU Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8018-8371-7.
  4. ^ I. B. Lydecker, LYDECKER TELLS HISTORY OF LACROSSE FROM TIME OF INDIAN TO PRESENT DAY; Coach of University Lacrosse Team Narrates Progress of Sport Since Medicine Men Were Umpires and Squaws Joined Cheering Section to Urge on Warriors, The Harvard Crimson, May 23, 1925, retrieved May 31, 2010.
  5. ^ Discomfort; With quiet grace, two black men change the heart of Harvard in 1941., The Boston Herald, December 12, 2004, retrieved May 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Official 2008 NCAA Men's and Women's Lacrosse Record Book (PDF), National Collegiate Athletic Association, retrieved May 30, 2010.

External links

  • Official website
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