Harvard will play Brown in the inaugural game at Roberto A. Mignone Field (Harvard Athletic Communications).
Harvard (2-0) vs. Brown (0-1)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's rugby looks to continue its hot start as it begins Ivy League action by hosting Brown on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The match marks the first game to be played on the newly-renovated Roberto A. Mignone Field and will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson moved to 2-0 after handily defeating the University of New England, 54-0, this past weekend. Harvard has yet to trail its opponent this season, leading wire-to-wire for the second consecutive game. The Crimson defeated Navy, 32-7, to open the season.
There's No Place Like Home
The Roberto A. Mignone Field was unveiled in early September of 2016. The new pitch was updated to meet World Rugby field certification standards, including a new synthetic infill Fieldturf surface along with goal posts, team areas and perimeter safety netting. The field also features an elevated press box, lights and offers seating capacity for up to 900 fans in permanent bleachers.
Harvard has continually made it difficult for opposing offenses to cross the try line, allowing just one try so far this season. The Crimson has recorded three-straight periods with a shutout after allowing a Navy score close to the end of the first half.
'Try' to Stop Her
Senior Claire Collins has been a force to be reckoned with early in the 2016 campaign, totaling six tries over two contests. She has led Harvard in scoring in both matches, including posting a career-high four tries against UNE. Collins recorded three of those scores in a row for the natural hat trick before adding another try late in the second half.
On the Offensive
Nine different Crimson have recorded tries this season. Along with Collins, sophomore Caitlin Weigel has also scored in each of Harvard's two matches. Sophomore Akweley Okine totaled two tries against the University of New England, while sophomore Jenny Kronish and freshmen Delia Hellander and Emily Prentice touched down for a try against the Nor'easters as well.
Looking to Make History
With the 2-0 start, the Crimson matched its best mark to open a season since women's rugby became a varsity sport at Harvard in 2013. Last year, Harvard also went 2-0 to begin the year.
Brown is coming off a 51-18 loss to Dartmouth in its season opener. Junior Hannah Yi and sophomore Louise Leitao led the Bears offensive attack against Dartmouth, each recording a try. The Bears finished 6-4 during the fall last year, including a 44-17 loss at the hands of the Crimson on Sept. 26, 2015.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. The ILDN is also available on Apple TV and Roku. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.