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Women’s Rugby Wraps Up Homestand Against Boston College Saturday

Cayla Calderwood and the Crimson look for win No. 2 of the spring schedule Saturday (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
After a three-week break from competition, the Harvard women's rugby team returns to action Saturday when it hosts local foe Boston College in an 11:00 a.m., showdown on Cumnock Field. Saturday's contest represents the final game of a three-game homestand for the Crimson to begin its spring schedule.

Last Time Out
In its second contest of the 2013-14 spring schedule the Harvard women's rugby had trouble stopping a talented American International College team, falling to the Yellow Jackets by a score of 56-19 March 8 on Cumnock Field. The Crimson moved to 6-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in spring play with the loss.

Despite the nice weather in Cambridge, the Crimson had trouble getting going against AIC, falling behind early and struggling to keep up with the Yellow Jackets' offensive pace. AIC was bolstered by a number of national team players on its roster, and it was the members of the national team that did the bulk of the scoring on the day. Senior Shelby Lin had one of the stronger games for the Crimson on the day, with junior Helen Clark and freshman Claire Collins also contributing solid efforts in the loss.

Spring Opener
In its first action of its first spring varsity campaign, the Harvard women's rugby team showed its defensive grit in a 22-5 defeat of West Chester March 1.

West Chester, coming into the game with an identical 5-2 record on the season, was unable to get much going against the swarming team defense of Harvard, as the Crimson surrendered just the one try on the day. On offense, the Crimson was spearheaded by junior Lenica Morales-Valenzuela, as she punched in a pair of tries on the day. Sophomore Brooke Kantor pitched in with the first try of her varsity tenure, and senior captain Xanni Brown capped the scoring for Harvard with a try of her own. Classmate Shelby Lin split the uprights for a conversion, capping off Harvard's 22 points on the day.

Scouting The Eagles
It was a busy fall season for Boston College, as it faced off against six different opponents during the seven-week schedule. A road contest against Rhode Island to begin the fall season went the way of the Rams by a 36-5 final, but the Eagles bounced back a week later with a 21-17 win over rival Boston University. Losses to Connecticut (41-10) and Army (77-8) followed, but BC rallied to tie Massachusetts on the road by a 17-17 score. After a game against Quinnipiac was cancelled, the Eagles wrapped up their season with a convincing, 30-17, win over Northeastern the first weekend of November.

Next Up
The Crimson will play its only road contest of the spring slate April 5, when it travels to Penn State to take on the NIttany Lions in an 11:30 a.m., showdown.