No. 5 Women's Rugby Falls to No. 1 Dartmouth, 17-12, in NIRA Semifinals

HAMDEN, Conn. - Appearing in the national semifinals after a decisive victory a week ago, the No. 5 Harvard women's rugby team had its rally cut short against No. 1 Dartmouth, 17-12, in the NIRA Semifinals on Friday afternoon at Quinnipiac. 

Senior captain Maya Learned tallied two tries to lead the Crimson attack, bringing her season-total to five, while junior Jenny Kronish tallied one conversion, giving her a team-high 24 this season.

Dartmouth controlled a 3-0 lead for the first half of play and then gained speed in the second half to lift the lead to 17-0. In the second half, Learned touched down for the Crimson's first try of the afternoon. Junior Jenny Kronish completed the conversion to bring the score to 17-7 in favor of Dartmouth. Learned broke free for her second try of the afternoon minutes later, securing the final five points for the Crimson. Harvard fell to Dartmouth, 17-12.

"We are very happy with the growth this season and work that the team has put in," said head coach Mel Denham. "Our defense today was on point and something we had been working on. It was a tough and close loss but we are closing the gap and are excited to get back to work after a little well-deserved break. Best of luck to both Quinnipiac and Dartmouth in the final on Sunday."

Harvard Highlights:

  • Senior captain Maya Learned touched down for two tries against the Big Green.
  • Junior Jenny Kronish completed one conversion, bringing her season total to 24.

Game Notes:

  • Harvard moves to 6-10 all-time against Dartmouth.
  • The Crimson finishes the 2017 season with a 4-3-1 overall record. 
  • This was the first time in program history that the Crimson advanced as far as the NIRA semifinals.