No. 7 Harvard vs. No. 9 West Chester
Harvard looks to start the season strong at West Chester (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 7 Harvard women's rugby opens its 15s slate at No. 9 West Chester this Saturday, Sept. 9. The game is set to start at 1 p.m., at the WCU Rugby Pitch.
The Crimson went 5-1 during the 2016 fall season, finishing second in Ivy play with a 4-1 record over conference opponents. Last November, the Crimson fought its way to the Ivy Tournament Championship, finishing second.
Last April, the Crimson defeated Dartmouth for its second consecutive Ivy 7s Championship. Harvard 7's then went 4-1 at the NIRA 7s Challenge, with wins over AIC, Dartmouth and West Chester. During the 2016-17 season, the Crimson notched a 25-7 overall record, going 10-2 in Ivy play.
The Crimson returns many important players to their lineup this season, including sophomores Delia Hellander and Emily Prentice and junior Caitlin Weigel. Hellander was second on the team last fall with eight tries, while Prentice scored six. Weigel recorded a try in six straight matches last season and was named an NIRA Rugby All-American.
Harvard will compete this season under new head coach Mel Denham. Denham comes to Harvard after spending the last three seasons as the head coach at Central Washington.
Scouting West Chester
Harvard has been victorious over West Chester all five times the two schools have faced each other. The two teams most recently met in April of 2016, with Harvard winning 29-0.
The Rams return both their leading scorers from last season, Aalea Ray and Sophia Schwab. Ray scored 16 trys during the 2016-17 season, while Schwab notched 14.
Harvard will be on the road week two, at Army on Sept.16. The game is set to start at 1 p.m.
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