Rugby Engages AIC, Sacred Heart on Sunday at Brown Sevens

Rugby Engages AIC, Sacred Heart on Sunday at Brown Sevens


Brown 7s
Sunday, April 8, 2018
11:20 a.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Marvel Field
Third Place (2017)
Third Place (2015, 2017)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's rugby sevens team contests the Brown 7s Tournament on Sunday, April 8. Twelve schools have entered the draw and will compete across five pools beginning at 11:20 a.m. on Marvel Field. Harvard's (4-1) first opponent will be American International (4-1) at 12:40 p.m. on field two. The Crimson's second match of pool play will be against Sacred Heart (2-2) at approximately 1:40 p.m. on the same gridiron. 

The Crimson are fielding only one team this weekend, as is the host Brown, American International, Bowdoin, Molloy, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, and West Chester. Army, Dartmouth, New England, and Norwich will compete with A- and B-sides.

Pool 1: Quinnipiac, Brown, Molloy
Pool 2: Army, Norwich, New England
Pool 3: Harvard, American International, Sacred Heart
Pool 4: Dartmouth, West Chester, Army 2
Pool 5: Bowdoin, Norwich B, Dartmouth B, New England B

Brown will play Molloy on field one, while Norwich and New England will meet on field two for the 11:20 a.m. kickoff. Both fields will host pool play until 2:20 p.m. Quarterfinal matchups will begin at 2:40 p.m., pitting the first and second-place finisher from pools one through four against each other. The third-place finishers from those pools will compete in a separate playoff at 3:20 p.m.

To view the entire schedule, please visit the 2018 Brown 7s Tournament page.

Last Time Out
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). Dominque Cantave, Haley Langan, Arianna Romero, Robyn Beese, Erica Jarrell, Akweley Okine, Victoria Ton, and Rachel Harkavy each put points on the board for Harvard. 

Last Time at the Brown 7s Tournament
The Crimson went 4-1 en route to a third place finish at the 2017 Brown 7s Tournament. Harvard defeated Brown, 31-5, in the opener, then toppled Norwich, 26-12, before falling to Army, 26-10, in group play. The Crimson defeated Dartmouth's B side in a quarterfinal, before shutting out the Big Green's A side, 24-0, in the third-place match. Dominique Cantave, Caitlin Weigel, Rachel Harkavy, Emily Prentice, Delia Hellander, and Claire Collins each scored at least one try for Harvard.

Scouting American International
American International took third place at the Crimson 7s Touranment. The Yellow Jackets went 3-0 in group play, lost to Army, 31-21, in a cup semifinal, and won by forfeit against Quinnipiac. Shamira Robles led AIC with 42 points (8 tries, 2 conversions). Elizabeth Harvey (3t, 7c), Emma Milikowski (3t), and Siale Alatini (2t) also touched down multiple times. Kristen Kvalvik and Kayla Hunkin-Clark each recorded one try.

Scouting Sacred Heart
The Pioneers went 2-2 and won a shield semifinal at the Crimson 7s Tournament. SHU was defeated by Quinnipiac, 36-5, and American International, before finding wins against Boston University, 17-5, and Northeastern, 24-21.

Harvard's 7s in `17
The 2017 sevens season saw Harvard win its second Ivy League Championship in a row and finish third in the nation. The Crimson earned its No. 3 national standing after going 4-1 at the NIRA 7s Challenge. Harvard topped West Chester, 17-7, AIC, 24-5, and Dartmouth, 10-7, in group play, but was defeated by Army, 26-7, to finish second in pool play. In the third-place bout, Harvard upended AIC, 26-5, to conclude the year as the No. 3 team in the country.

Harvard became back-to-back Ivy League champions when it defeated Dartmouth in the final. The Crimson swept Columbia, 29-0, and Penn, 45-0, before falling to Dartmouth, 12-0. Harvard then won a 22-19 battle against Princeton to earn a spot in the Ancient Eight title game where it used a strong second half to defeat the Big Green, 10-5.

Fall 15s
The Crimson went 4-3-1, reaching the Ivy League Championship and NIRA National Semifinal. Senior captain Maya Learned, juniors Caitlin Weigel and Jenny Kronish, and freshman Milan Roberts earned All-America honors. Senior lock Haley Langan was bestowed an All-America honorable mention. Roberts paced the Crimson with eight tries, while Weigel scored seven times and converted four times. Learned accumulated five tries, while Kronish led the team with 24 conversions.

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National Intercollegiate Rugby Association
NIRA is a cohort of 17 member institutions sponsoring NCAA rugby at their respective divisional level (I, II, or III). Together these schools committed to the expansion of women's rugby and achieving full NCAA sponsorship. Harvard, along with Army, Brown, Dartmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart are NIRA Division I programs. American International College, Central Washington, Long Island University-Post, Molloy College, Notre Dame College, and West Chester University are Division II schools. Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Norwich University, and the University of New England compete at the Division III level. Each compete against the others for the NIRA national title.

What's Next
The Crimson will compete for its third straight Ivy 7s crown on Saturday, April 14. Princeton will host the tournament at West Windsor Fields.