Women’s Rugby Heads to Ivy 7s Championship Sunday

Women’s Rugby Heads to Ivy 7s Championship Sunday

Junior captain Maya Learned and the Crimson hope to repeat as Ivy 7s champs this weekend (Elan Kawesch).

– Harvard women's rugby is set for the Ivy 7s Championship as it heads to Hanover, New Hampshire this Sunday for a chance at the Ivy crown. The Crimson takes on Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth before the final Ivy playoff round begins.

Last Time Out
Harvard women's rugby (11-3) went 4-1 at the Brown 7s Invitational April 9, taking home third place. The Crimson defeated Brown, Norwich and Dartmouth B to earn a spot in the consolation championship match against Dartmouth A. Harvard defeated the Big Green, 24-0, to notch third overall.

Ivy 7s Championship Breakdown
The Crimson opens with Columbia at 10:20 a.m., followed by Penn at 11:40 a.m. and a matchup with Dartmouth at 1:20 p.m. The teams will then advance to the playoff round beginning at 2:20 p.m., with the championship contest starting at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Looking for the Repeat
Harvard won its first-ever Ivy 7s Championship a season ago, going 4-0 on the day to earn the title. The Crimson defeated Yale and Princeton and handed Brown two losses, including a 17-5 decision to clinch the Ivy championship. Senior Claire Collins and junior Dalton Youngblood tallied tries for the Crimson in the title match.

Defense Wins Championships
Harvard has prided itself on its defensive effort all season long, and it has been a major reason for the success the Crimson has achieved. Harvard has recorded seven shutouts, and is allowing just 8.28 points per contest.

Collective Crimson
Harvard continues to provide a balanced attack on the offensive end, and opponents have struggled to contain it. The Crimson is averaging over 21 points each time out on the pitch, and used tries from senior Claire Collins, sophomores Rachel Harkavy and Caitlin Weigel, along with freshmen Delia Hellander, Dominique Cantave and Emily Prentice, to take third at the Brown Invitational on April 9.

Up Next
The Crimson will look ahead to the Varsity Championships the following weekend on April 30.