TUSCON, Ariz. – The Harvard women's rugby team finished a program-best third, defeating Life in the third place game, 14-12, Sunday at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.
The team began the day against perennial-powerhouse Lindenwood, keeping the game close in the first half with strong defense. Junior Dominique Cantave touched down to begin the second half, with a conversion from classmate Delia Hellander. Lindenwood went on to add a couple late tries in the half to pull away and win, 35-7.
The Crimson moved on to the third place game, setting up for a rematch against Life. Despite an early score by the running eagles, Cantave answered with her second try of the day. Hellander's successful conversion gave Harvard the lead, 7-5. After getting down in the second half, sophomore Arianna Romero broke free through a seam in the defense and touched down for the try. Hellander scored the crucial conversion to put the team ahead late in the second half, securing the victory..
- Harvard finishes a program-best third in the USA Rugby 7s National Championship in just its third appearance in the tournament.
- For the second-straight day, Cantave scored a team-high two tries.
- Hellander's conversions played a crucial part of the team's victory, as she kicked three to help the team get past Life.
- The team finishes the sevens season with top-three performances in all three tournaments it played in, including first place in the Ivy 7s tournament and two championship appearances.