Women's Rugby Preps For Road Test At Brown Saturday

Brandy Machado holds the team lead in tries with five (Gil Talbot). 

The Storyline

After dropping a hard-fought decision to Dartmouth Saturday in its Ivy League opener, the Crimson hopes to reverse its fortune when it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown in its second Ivy League contest Saturday. This will be Harvard's second straight road contest and second of the season.

Last Time Out
Coming off an impressive 84-0 win over Yale and first Ivy League victory of the season, Harvard ran into a defensive battle against Dartmouth, taking the 10-5 loss. When it came to the battle of possession, the Big Green had the upper hand over the Crimson. Senior Xanni Brown converted the Crimson's only try of the game, making it her fourth try of the season. Towards the end of the match, the Crimson tried to pull together for one last offensive push, but failed to get through Dartmouth's defense for the tying score.

About the Crimson
Harvard's 10-5 loss against Dartmouth caused the Crimson to fall to 1-1 in Ivy League play and 1-2 overall.

Senior captain Brandy Machado leads all Harvard players with five tries on the season, while classmate and fellow captain Xanni Brown is close behind with four. Brown is the only player on the Harvard roster to have notched tries in all three contests this season.

Scouting The Bears
Coming off two wins against Columbia and Princeton, Brown finds itself at 2-0 in Ivy League play. Defeating Columbia by a score of 105-0, Brown found more of a challenge when it came to facing Princeton, winning by a closer score of 34-22. At half time against the Tigers, Brown was up 24-0 thanks to tries by juniors Jasmine McAdams and Saskia Morgan. Both McAdams and Morgan had two tries each on the day.

Last Meeting
Two evenly matched squads took the field Oct. 20, 2012 when Harvard hosted Brown at Cumnock Field. The teams traded tries in the first half, with Brown taking a 7-5 lead at the break thanks to a conversion. A pair of converted tries to start the second jolted Brown out in front, 21-5, and a pair of Xanni Brown tries down the stretch proved to be too little too late, as the Crimson fell, 28-24.

Up Next
Harvard continues on with Ivy League play when it faces Princeton at home Oct. 19. The match is slated to kickoff at 11:00 a.m.