Ivy Champs! Women’s Rugby Silences Top-Seeded Dartmouth, 29-0, In Ivy Tournament Final
The Harvard women's rugby team captured the Ivy title in its first season as a varsity program (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – Looking to exact revenge on a Dartmouth team that handed it its only conference loss of the season, the Harvard women's rugby team did just that, blanking Dartmouth, 29-0, in the championship game of the Ivy League Rugby Tournament Sunday. Dartmouth entered the tournament as the top-seeded team in the league, and the loss is the first of the season for the Big Green.
Similar to the teams' first meeting of the season, a gritty, physical battle ensued from the get-go, with neither team dominating possession in the first half. Harvard's first score came on the heels of a key turnover coming off a Dartmouth line-out, as team tries leader Xanni Brown gave the Crimson an early lead. A second Crimson try came from Cayla Calderwood and a conversion from Brown gave the guests a 12-0 lead at halftime.
The Crimson did well to ramp up the intensity in the second half, and strong play in tight spaces allowed Harvard to continually penetrate the Big Green zone. The Crimson wingers did the damage in the second half as Kaleigh Henry, Shelby Lin and Lenica Morales-Valenzuela all posted tries to help Harvard pull away. Brown added a second conversion and relentless defense and a fast tempo from Harvard kept the Big Green from scoring any tries.
With 15's season now complete, the next event for the Crimson is the USA Rugby 7's tournament Nov. 22-24 hosted by Texas A&M.