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No. 5 Women’s Rugby Faces No. 1 Dartmouth in NIRA Semifinals

No. 5 Women’s Rugby Faces No. 1 Dartmouth in NIRA Semifinals

After defeating No. 4 Army in the NIRA Quarterfinals, No. 5 Harvard looks to upset No. 1 Dartmouth this Friday in the NIRA Semifinals (Gil Talbot).

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

No. 5 Harvard vs. No. 1 Dartmouth
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Rugby Field
The Rugby Channel
Harvard trails, 6-9
             L, 22-8 (Oct. 28, 2017)
L2

Matchup

Date
Time
Venue
Video

No. 1 Quinnipiac vs. No. 3 Central Washington
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
10 a.m.
Quinnipiac Rugby Field
The Rugby Channel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After defeating No. 5 Army, 24-12, to advance to the NIRA Semifinals, No. 4 Harvard is looking to upset No. 1 Dartmouth this Friday in a 1 p.m. contest hosted by Quinnipiac. Friday's game will air on The Rugby Channel. Dartmouth and Harvard have met twice already this season, with Dartmouth winning both contests. The Crimson and Big Green most recently faced one another on Oct. 28 in the Ivy Championship, where Dartmouth defeated Harvard, 22-8.

The winner of Harvard/Dartmouth will face the winner of Quinnipiac/Central Washington on Sunday, Nov. 19 in the NIRA Championship game at 12 p.m. The game will be hosted by Quinnipiac and will air on The Rugby Channel.

Last Time Out
Harvard is coming off a 24-12 victory over No. 5 Army in the NIRA Quarterfinals. Junior Jenny Kronish led the team in points, securing two completed conversions and one try. Junior Caitlin Weigel, sophomore Robyn Beese and freshman Sabrina Kim each touched down for a try in the victory. Harvard's defense held Army scoreless in the first half.

Scouting Harvard
The Crimson is 4-2-1 on the season and 3-1-1 on the road. Junior Jenny Kronish leads the team with 23 completed conversions. Freshman Milan Roberts owns the No. 1 spot for tries with eight, while sophomore Delia Hellander and junior Caitlin Weigel each have seven.

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth is 7-0 this season and is coming off an 80-12 win over American International in the NIRA Quarterfinals. Freshman Lilly Durbin led the Big Green with five tries against the Yellow Jackets. Junior Kat Ramage completed four conversions for eight points. Dartmouth held AIC scoreless for the first 50 minutes of the contest.

Scouting Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac is 8-2 this season and undefeated at home in six contests. The Bobcats are currently on a four-game winning streak, with wins over AIC, Central Washington, Army and Norwich. 

Scouting Central Washington
Central Washington is 4-3 this season and 2-2 in road contests. The Wildcats are coming off an exhibition win over the Seattle Saracens and a 55-0 victory over BYU. Five different Wildcats scored in the shutout over the Cougars. 

Setting A New Record
Harvard's 130-0 victory over Mt. St. Mary's on Sept. 22 set a new record for the largest margin of victory in program history. Ten different players scored the 20 tries for the Crimson, including three tries each from freshman Milan Roberts, sophomores Dominique Cantave and Delia Hellander and junior Caitlin Weigel. Junior Jenny Kronish completed 10 of 15 conversion kicks.

Last Year
The Crimson went 5-1 during the 2016 fall season, finishing second in Ivy play with a 4-1 record over conference opponents. Last November, the Crimson fought its way to the Ivy Championship, finishing second.

Last April, the Crimson defeated Dartmouth for its second consecutive Ivy 7s Championship. Harvard 7's then went 4-1 at the NIRA 7s Challenge, with wins over AIC, Dartmouth and West Chester. During the 2016-17 season, the Crimson notched a 25-7 overall record, going 10-2 in Ivy play. 

What's Next?
The winner of Harvard/Dartmouth will face the winner of Quinnipiac/Central Washington on Sunday, Nov. 19 in the NIRA Championship game at 12 p.m.. The game will be hosted by Quinnipiac and will air on The Rugby Channel.

New Leadership
Harvard is competing this season under new head coach Mel Denham. Denham comes to Harvard after spending the last three seasons as the head coach at Central Washington.

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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS