Harvard was a large part of the Ivy League revolution that ran rampant through the NCAA last spring.
The Ivy transcended all other conferences by sending six different teams to the NCAA tournament. Cornell advanced all the way to the title game, but it was Harvard’s inclusion that rankled a large contingent of the tournament field -- especially after it lost to Rutgers, 19-9, in the first round.
However, that defeat doesn’t devalue the team's advancement during the season. Harvard defeated four top-20 teams in the heart of their season, culminating with a signature win over No. 3 ranked Princeton, 19-16, at the end of April.
That victory, combined with their strength of schedule, is likely the win that got them into the NCAA tournament. What’s more, the team returns many players that got valuable experience during the 2022 campaign.