Women’s Rugby Storms Past Yale, 84-0, For First Varsity Victory

Senior captain Brandy Machado tallied five tries in the win over Yale Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's rugby team let loose an offensive barrage Saturday, powering past archrival Yale, 84-0, on Cumnock Field. The victory is the first for the Crimson (1-1) as a varsity program, and also gives Harvard a 1-0 record in Ivy League play.

The scoring started early and kept up at a constant pace throughout the game, as much of the action on the day took place in the Yale half of the field. Senior captain Xanni Brown opened the scoring on the day with a try just 2:02 into the game, and classmate and fellow captain Brandy Machado went in six minutes later with Brown nailing the conversion. Three minutes later it was Shelby Lin's turn, as she drove past the try line to push the score to 17-0 with 29:00 on the clock.

The Crimson would tally five more tries before the first half ended, including Machado's third of the game just as the whistle sounded. Brown was able to convert two of the tries for Harvard, giving the hosts a commanding 46-0 lead at the break.

Ali Haber notched Harvard's first try of the second half with 7:53 gone, and Brown was once again good on the conversion. Machado struck again with her fourth soon after, and classmate Rachael Foo posted a try for the hosts with 23:32 on the clock as Harvard continued to expand its lead. Tries from Lin and Machado were both converted by Brown, and junior Aniebiet Abasi capped the scoring on the day with 4:38 to play, grounding the ball past the try line for the second score of her career.

Machado led all players with five scores on the day while Lin and Brown had two tries each in the victory. Brown was successful on six conversions, accounting for 12 points for the Crimson.

Harvard undergoes its first road test of the season in its next match, as it travels to New Hampshire to take on Dartmouth Saturday in a noon showdown.