November 3, 2016
Harvard cancels remaining men's team games
The Harvard menís teamís final two regular-season games have been cancelled, the school announced Thursday.
Harvard president Drew Faust issued a statement regarding the teamís practice of posting social media commentary about female athletes:
ďI was deeply distressed to learn that the appalling actions of the 2012 menís soccer team were not isolated to one year or the actions of a few individuals, but appear to have been more wide-spread across the team and have continued beyond 2012, including in the current season.Ē
Harvard will forfeit its final two regular-season games and decline to participate in the NCAA tournament, according to athletic director Robert Scalise.
The No. 15-ranked Crimson (10-3-2 overall, 4-0-1 Ivy) had moved into first place with a 1-0 victory at Dartmouth last week and was scheduled to honor its seniors before Saturdayís game against Columbia at Jordan Field. The final game of the season had been scheduled at Penn Saturday, Nov. 12.
"(The team) is beyond disappointed that our season has ended in this way, but we respect the decision made by our administration," Harvard coach Pieter Lehrer said in a statement. ďWe accept responsibility for our actions, and I know that we will use the experience of this terribly unfortunate situation to be better."