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Women’s Rugby Takes On Penn State in Only Spring Road Contest

The Crimson will play its fourth game of the spring Saturday against Penn State (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
After a three-game homestand resulting in a 2-1 record, the Harvard women's rugby team heads to Penn State Saturday for its only away contest this spring. The Crimson is set to take on the Nittany Lions in an 11:30 a.m., contest. This match marks the second-to-last regular season game to be played by the Crimson women's rugby team.  

Last Time Out
In the final game of a three-game homestand, Harvard Women's Rugby silenced local rival Boston College by a score of 105-0 March 29 at Cumnock Field. The Crimson moved to 7-3 overall on the season and 2-1 in spring play with the win.

Harvard scored at will through the entire competition Saturday, getting contributions from many players on the squad. Those with particularly strong games came from the freshman class, as Gabby Wilson, Caroline Park, Claire Collins, Mariah Turner, Alice Linder and Maryssa Barron all played key roles in the victory. Park, Collins and Turner all had tries on the day for the Crimson. Captains Ali Haber, Shelby Lin and Brooke Kantor did well to keep the composure of the team during the lopsided victory.

Spring Opener
In its first action of its first spring varsity campaign, the Harvard women's rugby team showed its defensive grit in a 22-5 defeat of West Chester March 1.

West Chester, coming into the game with an identical 5-2 record on the season, was unable to get much going against the swarming team defense of Harvard, as the Crimson surrendered just the one try on the day. On offense, the Crimson was spearheaded by junior Lenica Morales-Valenzuela, as she punched in a pair of tries on the day. Sophomore Brooke Kantor pitched in with the first try of her varsity tenure, and senior captain Xanni Brown capped the scoring for Harvard with a try of her own. Classmate Shelby Lin split the uprights for a conversion, capping off Harvard's 22 points on the day.

Scouting Penn State
Saturday's contest will be the only regular season game for the Penn State women this spring, after playing against eight schools in the fall. After its match against Harvard, the Penn State Women's Rugby team will go on to play at the Big Tens Tournament, Keystone Tournament, Sweet Sixteens, and the Final Four Tournament.

Next Up
The Crimson will play Beantown Rugby of Boston's premier league at Cumnock Field Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.