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Defending National Champion Penn State Downs Women’s Rugby, 50-12

Harvard notched two tries against defending national champion Penn State Saturday (Gil Talbot).

Faced with the challenge of taking down the defending national champion, the Harvard women's rugby team fought admirably Saturday against Penn State, dropping a 50-12 final to the Nittany Lions. Harvard moves to 7-4 overall and 2-2 on its spring schedule.

The Crimson was dealt a blow before the opening whistle sounded, as senior captain Ali Haber was injured during warmups and was unable to compete. Another costly injury hit the Crimson just 10 minutes in when fellow senior captain and leading scorer Xanni Brown went down during play. Despite the loss of two key players, the Crimson fought hard, getting tries from Cheta Emba and Shelby Lin in the game.

"The score does not reflect how hard our team played, or how our execution and toughness improved in the second half," said head coach Sue Parker. "The team will grow from this challenge."

Harvard plays one final home game April 17 when it takes on local club team Beantown Rugby in a night game at Cumnock Field.