CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's rugby team opened its sevens season by storming through pool play and into its fourth Crimson 7s Tournament championship appearance on Saturday. The Crimson handed NIRA 15s national champion Quinnipiac a commanding 48-0 loss in the semifinal, before being upset by Army, 34-10, in the championship match on Roberto A. Mignone Field.
Three Crimson student-athletes accounted for more than 20 points on the day: Sarah Lipson led the Crimson (4-1) with seven tries (35 points); freshman Milan Roberts amassed a team-leading 46 points on six tries and eight conversions; and Delia Hellander delivered 25 points of her own (3t, 5c).
Harvard Team One
Harvard vs. Molloy
Delia Hellander broke open the scoring in the second minute and the Crimson never looked back. Dominique Cantave followed with quick pair of tries to give Harvard momentum as it built a 28-0 lead by the half. Hellander added two tries and converted three more as six different Crimson put up points in a 50-5 victory over the Lions.
Harvard vs. West Chester
Haley Langan, Arianna Romero, Roberts, and Lipson each tapped the try zone as the Crimson controlled play in the first half. Roberts scored again and added a third conversion just after half time. Robyn Beese took a pass and punched a gap about 20 yards out and Hellander stole a lineout to add Harvard's final points in pool play and secure the win, 41-0.
The Cup Semifinal vs. Quinnipiac
Seven student-athletes found the try zone and Harvard shutout Quinnipiac 48-0. Lipson scored in the second minute to open an onslaught of Crimson tries. Langan added five points in the fifth minute and Hellander scored in stoppage time of the first half to put Harvard up, 17-0. After the intermission, Cantave, Quirion, Roberts, and Romero's two tries added more distance. Roberts ended the game with three conversions and Hellander secured two points of her own as the Crimson advanced to the title match of its namesake tournament.
The Cup Final vs. Army
Cantave answered Army's initial try and conversion with a try of her own. The five points for Harvard came in the fourth minute after a ruck from just outside the try line. Lipson scored in the 11th minute when Roberts absorbed a big hit to find her teammate wide open, but Army was able to outscore the Crimson 34-10 in the final.
Harvard Team Two
Despite a tough effort, the Crimson B side suffered a 52-0 defeat to Army's A side in its opening match.
Erica Jarrell and Akweley Okine capitalized short-distance opportunities outside the try zone to put points on the board from Harvard. Jarrell picked up the ruck to the left of the post and extended herself for the try. Okine seized the chance for a quick start from inside the 10-yard line and powered through the Bears defense. Harvard was up at the half, 10-7, but the Bears' Marion Sellier took command of the second period and led Brown to a win, 26-10.
With the Crimson trailing by five, Okine delivered a big hit, recovered the ball on the ensuing ruck, and stiff-armed her way past the Huskie defense to tie the game. With the clock showing zeros in the first half, Harvard forced a bad pass in front of Northeastern try zone and Jarrell scooped up the ball and touched down for her second score of the day. In the second half, Victoria Tong picked up a loose ball and scampered more than 50 yards to put Harvard up 17-5. Rachel Harkavy was successful on the ensuring conversion and the Crimson held on to win, 19-17.
The Plate Semifinal vs. Brown
The Crimson met Brown in a semfinal of the plate bracket. Sellier produced four tries and two converted twice to lead Brown to the plate final with a 39-0 win against the Crimson.
The Crimson will compete at the Brown 7s Tournament on Sunday, April 8.