Women’s Rugby Collects Third at NIRA 7s Challenge

Women’s Rugby Collects Third at NIRA 7s Challenge

Senior Claire Collins closed out her Crimson career with a win at the NIRA 7s Challenge (Elan Kawesch).

– The Harvard women's rugby team notched a third-place finish at the NIRA 7s Challenge hosted by Dartmouth Sunday. The Crimson went 4-1 on the day, taking down AIC, 26-5, to capture third overall.

Harvard (19-5) closed out a strong spring season with wins over AIC, Dartmouth and West Chester. The Crimson dropped a contest against Army, 26-7, after opening the day with a 17-7 win over West Chester. Harvard bounced back with three straight wins, highlighted by two victories over AIC and a 10-5 win over Ivy foe, Dartmouth.

Harvard 17, West Chester 7
Harvard got off to a good start at the tournament, taking an early 12-0 lead after its first half of action. Senior Claire Collins found sophomore Caitlin Weigel who touched down for Harvard's first score and sophomore Sarah Lipson found the end zone as well in the opening half.

In the second half, the Crimson extended its lead as freshman Delia Hellander took it to the corner of the end zone for the try. West Chester scored late but the Crimson held on for the 17-7 victory.

Harvard 7, Army 26
The Crimson fell behind early against Army, trailing by 12 at the intermission. Junior captain Maya Learned managed to dive in for a Crimson score, but Harvard was unable to covert on multiple opportunities throughout and Army kept the Crimson at bay for the 26-7 win.

Harvard 24, AIC 5
The Crimson quickly bounced back from its second contest with a trio of the scores in the first half against AIC. Sophomore Genevieve Quirion scored and Hellander touched down twice to power Harvard to a 17-0 lead at the half. Freshman Robyn Beese added an insurance score in the second half to lead to the decisive victory.

Harvard 10, Dartmouth 7
In a rematch of the Ivy 7s Championship, the Crimson once again found itself in an early deficit to Dartmouth. The Crimson took control late in the first half, however, scoring twice on tries from Weigel and Collins to make it 10-7 at the intermission. Harvard then put the clamps down on the Dartmouth offense, holding the Big Green scoreless to earn the 10-7 win.

Harvard 26, AIC 5
AIC struck first in the third-place matchup, taking a 5-0 lead over the Crimson. That would be the only time AIC saw the end zone as the Crimson held them scoreless for the remainder of the game. Weigel scored twice, while Beese and Hellander each touched down as well to cap off the 26-5 victory for Harvard.