The Crimson (6-4, 1-1 Ivy) came back twice to beat Yale, 3-2, in a crucial rebound from losses to Penn (3-1) and Rhode Island (4-1). Earlier, Harvard showed its potential in a 2-1 loss to Duke, then ranked fifth in the nation. Freshman Andre Akpan led the early scoring with six goals and six assists; Akpan, who scored two goals against Yale, including the game-winner, was twice named Ivy League Rookie of the Week in the early going and was Ivy League Player of the Week once. Captain Charles Altcheck 07, the reigning Ivy Player of the Year, was second in offense, with five goals and three assists.
The women booters (1-8-1, 1-1 Ivy) had trouble scoring, suffering six shutouts in their first 10 games. In league play, they conquered Penn, 2-1with Rachael Lau 08 tallying the game-winnerbut absorbed a tough 1-0 loss to Yale. But in an earlier match, Harvard took Penn State, then ranked eleventh in the nation, to double overtime before falling, 3-2.
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