Women’s Rugby Earns Runner-Up Finish at Crimson 7s Tournament

Sophomore Caitlin Weigel tallied at least one try in four of the five games for the Crimson Saturday (Elan Kawesch).

– The Harvard women's rugby team finished 4-1 at the Crimson 7s Tournament Saturday, earning a runner-up finish after falling 22-10 to Quinnipiac in the Cup Championship match. Harvard made the title game after taking down the University of New Hampshire, Sacred Heart, American International College and West Chester.

Pool Game 1: Harvard 36, UNH 0
The Crimson opened play with a 36-0 defeat of UNH at the Crimson 7s Tournament. Harvard jumped out to a 12-0 lead, as sophomore Genevieve Quirion and sophomore Sarah Lipson touched down for early tries. Sophomore Caitlin Weigel notched the first of her three conversions on the Lipson score to extend the Crimson lead. Junior Dalton Youngblood then took a pass from teammate Akweley Okine and went the distance to make it 19-0, and two more scores from Quirion and a Weigel try secured the 36-0 victory.

Pool Game 2: Harvard 35, Sacred Heart 0
Harvard continued its stellar defense from the opener, holding its opponent scoreless for the second-straight contest. Lipson recorded two of the opening three scores for the Crimson, and tries from Weigel and freshman Robyn Beese gave Harvard a 20-0 advantage at the intermission. The Crimson defense dominated the Pioneers, and the Harvard coasted to the shutout as sophomore Rachel Harkavy and freshmen Delia Hellander and Victoria Tong tallied tries to finish off the 35-0 win.

Pool Game 3: Harvard 29, AIC 0
Harvard concluded pool play with another strong performance against AIC. The Crimson didn't allow a single point for the third consecutive game, relying on its defensive pressure to control the pace of play. Lipson scored the opening try for Harvard for the second-straight match, and a Weigel conversion gave the Crimson a 7-0 lead. Senior Claire Collins registered her first try on the day to close out the first half with the Crimson on top, 12-0. Hellander, Collins and Quirion added scores in the second half to cap off the scoring for Harvard.

Cup Semi: Harvard 12, West Chester 0
The Crimson rolled through pool play to earn a Cup Bracket semifinal match against West Chester. The two teams found themselves in a defensive battle throughout the contest, but yet again, the Harvard defense stifled its opponents for a fourth-straight shutout. Weigel gave Harvard a seven-point cushion in the first half with a try and conversion, and the score remained 7-0 at the half. It proved to be all the offense Harvard would need, but Collins tacked on another try for good measure to preserve the 12-0 win and earn a spot in the Cup Bracket final.

Cup Final: Harvard 10, Quinnipiac 22
The Crimson trailed for the first time all day, as the Bobcats got on the scoreboard first to take a 5-0 lead. Quinnipiac managed to string together two more tries before the intermission to take a double-digit advantage (15-0) over the hosts. Harvard responded in the second half by scoring first off the try from Beese to cut the deficit to 15-5, but the Bobcats answered with a try and conversion to push the advantage back to 22-5. Weigel added a late score for the Crimson but the comeback attempt wouldn't be enough as the Bobcats took home the Crimson 7s title with the 22-10 win.