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Shelby Lin had a pair of tries last weekend against Yale (Gil Talbot).

Highlights: Harvard Picks Up First Ivy Win With 84-0 Rout of Yale

The Storyline

In its first road contest of the season, the Crimson looks to carry on its Ivy League success to Dartmouth for a matchup against the Big Green Saturday. The match against Dartmouth will be the first of two straight road contests for Harvard.  

Last Time Out
After a 39-10 loss to Quinnipiac in the season opener, Harvard came out in full force in its first Ivy League matchup of the season against Yale. The Crimson defeated the Bulldogs by an impressive 84-0 final and earned its first varsity victory in the process. The Crimson took a commanding 46-0 lead at the end of the first half, and continued on into the second half thanks to impressive performances by senior captains Xanni Brown and Brandy Machado. Machado had a team-leading five tries on the day, while Brown and fellow senior Shelby Lin had two tries each in the victory.

About The Crimson
Harvard looks to continue its winning ways in Ivy League action Saturday, sporting a 1-1 overall record and 1-0 conference mark.

Senior captains Xanni Brown, Mandy Machado and Ali Haber have proven to be leaders for the Crimson on the field and off. Machado leads the team in tries with five, all of which came against Yale last Saturday, while Brown is close behind with three tries to her credit. Brown has also taken the majority of Harvard's conversion attempts on the season, converting six of them through two games.

Scouting Dartmouth
Coming off a preseason 32-5 victory over Bowdoin, Dartmouth looked to start its regular season on the right foot.  In its first Ivy League matchup and first home game, the Big Green came out victorious against Cornell, defeating the Big Red by a score of 24-10. Freshman Audrey Perez had an impressive performance with three tries on the day, while junior Allison Brouckman had one try. Junior Michaela Conway and sophomore Tatjana Toeldte both had one conversion each.

Last Meeting
Ivy Green Division rivals Dartmouth and Harvard met last October in Cambridge where the Crimson picked up a key league victory in a 39-5 rout. Two quick tries from an aggressive Crimson side jolted the hosts out to an early 12-0 lead. Dartmouth managed one score to cut the deficit to seven at 12-5, but that is as close as it would come. Five unanswered tries by the Crimson and a conversion kick sealed the win for Harvard.

Up Next
The Crimson continues its Ivy League schedule when it travels to Rhode Island to face Brown Oct. 28. The match is slated to kickoff at noon.