Women’s Rugby Comes Up Short at Dartmouth

Women’s Rugby Comes Up Short at Dartmouth

The Crimson nearly completed the double-digit comeback before falling to Dartmouth (Gil Talbot). 

– The Harvard women’s rugby team saw a three-game win streak come to an end after falling to Dartmouth, 22-19, in a hard-fought contest Saturday. The Crimson moved to 3-1 overall, including 1-1 in Ivy League play.

Harvard fell behind early to the Big Green (4-1, 3-0 Ivy), trailing 12-0 in the opening half. The Crimson touched down for a try to get on the scoreboard late in the first period, and a successful conversion cut the deficit to 12-7.

Dartmouth extended its lead early in the second half, pushing it back to a double-digit advantage (17-7). Harvard then collected a try to make it a five-point game (17-12) once again.

The Big Green responded with a score of their own before Harvard started to make its run. The Crimson scored in the 77th minute, but Dartmouth held Harvard scoreless the remainder of the half to hang on for the 22-19 victory.

“Hats off to Dartmouth, their defense put us under tremendous pressure”, said head coach Sue Parker. “Nonetheless, we had possession about 80% of the game, but made mistakes that prevented us from capitalizing. We will learn and become a better team as a result of this game”.

Harvard women’s rugby will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 8 when it travels to take on Princeton in Ivy League action.