Women’s Rugby Wraps Up Stay at USA Rugby National Championship With 29-24 Loss to Indiana

Harvard finishes its spring slate with a 2-4 record (Photo: Lynna Skilken).

In its final match of the 2014 spring season, the Harvard women's rugby team could not fend off a pesky Indiana team, falling by a narrow 29-24 score, in the consolation game of the Bowling Green regional at the USA Rugby Collegiate Division I Championship Sunday. The Crimson wraps up its spring slate with a 2-4 overall record, after making its first appearance at the USA Rugby Collegiate Division I Championship in team history.

Indiana kicked off to the Crimson and it was Harvard that was able to cross the line first when Cayla Calderwood barreled through the Indiana defenses for the opening try of the day. Shelby Lin threaded the ball through the uprights on the conversion attempt to push the lead to 7-0 in the early going. A defensive stand from the Crimson saw the squad move towards the Indiana try zone and Kaleigh Henry added five points with a try of her own. Cheta Emba clinched the second converted try of the day to give Harvard a 14-0 lead and it was Henry again soon after with her second of the day, pushing the score out to 19-0 in favor of Harvard at the half.

Indiana was able to regroup at the break and punched in a converted try of its own early in the second half to cut the lead to 19-7. Emba answered right back for the Crimson, putting in a try and stretching the lead back out to 24-7 midway through the stanza. Quick tries from Indiana came, and with one conversion, the opponents closed the gap to 24-19 with time winding down in the game. Another try by Indiana knotted the game at 24-24 and one final score proved to be the difference in the 29-24 defeat.