Women’s Rugby Suffers Narrow Defeat at Dartmouth, 10-5

Xanni Brown had Harvard's lone try on the day Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard women's rugby team found itself in a defensive battle in its first road game of the season, but Ivy foe Dartmouth emerged on top, tallying a 10-5 win over the Crimson Saturday in Ivy League rugby action. The loss drops the Crimson to 1-2 on the year and 1-1 in Ivy League action while the Big Green improves to 2-0 on the year with a pair of Ivy victories.

The hosts held the edge in the possession battle, and did well to gain the upper hand on set pieces through most of the match. The Crimson got its lone score of the game by taking advantage of a costly Dartmouth turnover. Senior captain Xanni Brown recovered the turnover and bolted downfield, scoring a try after a lengthy run at the 11-minute mark. The try is Brown's fourth of the season, just one shy of classmate Brandy Machado who holds the team lead.

Dartmouth was able to punch in a pair of tries in the game, despite the absence of key #12 Charlotte Knott on the offensive side. With the time winding down, the Crimson put together a gutsy offensive push, nearing the Dartmouth try line, but the Big Green defenses held and the final whistle blew with the score at 10-5 in Dartmouth's favor.

Harvard continues its Ivy schedule Saturday when it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on the Brown Bears in a noon showdown.