No. 5 Harvard vs. No. 4 Army
Harvard will compete this Saturday in the NIRA quarterfinals (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Harvard women's rugby team is gearing up for the first round of the NIRA Tournament, and will face No. 5 Army at the Anderson Rugby Complex this Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. The two teams have met once already this season in September, with both teams earning a 33-33 tie. The game will be broadcast on Knight Vision.
Last Time Out
The Crimson is coming off a 22-8 loss at No. 1 Dartmouth in the Ivy Championship game. Junior Jenny Kronish completed a three-point conversion while freshman Erin Wright touched down for a try.
Harvard is 3-2-1 on the season and is 2-1-1 on the road. Freshman Milan Roberts leads the Crimson with eight tries, followed closely by sophomore Delia Hellander with seven and junior Caitlin Weigel with six. Junior Jenny Kronish has been the go-to conversion kicker for the Crimson, having completed 22 attempts, including a 3-point conversion kick in the Ivy Championship game.
Army is 4-6-1 on the season and is 2-3-1 at the Anderson Rugby Complex. The Knights are coming off a 57-0 victory at Air Force last Saturday. Sophomores Sam Sullivan and Lily Ruland each recorded two tries. Sullivan has six total tries this season while Ruland has three.
Setting A New Record
Harvard's 130-0 victory over Mt. St. Mary's on Sept. 22 set a new record for the largest margin of victory in program history. Ten different players scored the 20 tries for the Crimson, including three tries each from freshman Milan Roberts, sophomores Dominique Cantave and Delia Hellander and junior Caitlin Weigel. Junior Jenny Kronish completed 10 of 15 conversion kicks.
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 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.
Harvard is competing 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.
The winner of Harvard vs. Army will play the winner of Dartmouth vs. AIC on Friday, Nov. 17 at Quinnipiac. Time to be announced.
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