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At the start of coach John Kerr's third year, he opined that overall, the Crimson's deep squad was better than the 1986 Duke team he had played on that won the NCAA championship. His booters (4-2, 1-0 Ivy) opened their campaign with a 4-2 triumph over Yale and notched a big win in California, upsetting sixth-ranked San Diego 2-1 in overtime. But against Loyola Marymount, Harvard drew three second-half red cards in rapid succession and, with only seven field players, gave up two goals in the final 14 minutes, losing 3-1. With the trio of red-carded starters sitting out, Harvard lost the next game to Boston College 3-2, but then bounced back with 10 unanswered goals to shell Maine, 7-0, and Providence, 3-0.
After an opening overtime loss to Colorado College, 5-4, the netwomen (4-1, 2-0 Ivy) reeled off four straight shutouts, blanking Central Connecticut, 1-0; Brown, 4-0; Yale, 1-0; and Massachusetts, 2-0. At that point, goalkeeper Cheryl Gunther '03 had stonewalled opponents for 368 consecutive minutes. The double-overtime win against Yale ended with a brilliant score, when midfielder Katy Westfall '04 rushed a restart, lofting the free kick over a wall of surprised Eli defenders to forward Beth Totman '03, who punched in the golden goal.
The stickwomen (4-2, 2-0 Ivy) overcame Vermont, 3-1, before succumbing to New Hampshire, 1-0, and Connecticut, 4-1. They then knocked off Brown, 1-0; Massachusetts, 4-2; and Yale, 3-2. The win against Massachusetts was the Crimson's first victory over the Minutewomen since 1984, and only the second in the history of the series.
The women volleyballers (6-3, 0-1 Ivy) started strong with 3-0 wins over Loyola (Maryland), Colgate, and Lafayette, then foiled New Hampshire 3-1. Three losses followed, to Fairfield, Northeastern, and Dartmouth, before the spikers took down Georgia State and SUNY Binghamton, giving up only one game to each.