Harvard set a new program record with 111 points against Yale (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard's women's rugby team defeated Yale in historic fashion in its Ivy League opener, thrashing the Bulldogs, 111-5, to set the program record for points scored in a game. The Crimson improves to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in Ivy play.
Harvard wasted no time in starting the onslaught, scoring five tries in the first ten minutes of play. Caitlin Weigel started the attack with a try two minutes into the game and the route was on from there. Susie Clements followed by weaving her way through the Bulldog defense and touching the end zone safely. Sarah Lipon closed out the half with her second try of the game as the Crimson took a commanding 56-0 lead at the half.
"We knew that this was a tough and much improved Yale team," said head coach Sue Parker. "We knew that we had to come into it with all guns blazing and I think the team did a really great job with that and executed their fundamentals in way that we haven't done yet this season, so I'm really proud of them."
Harvard did not slow down in the second half as Genevieve Quirion sprinted into the end zone on a pitch from Moriah Turner to open the frame. Yale got on the board with 10 minutes to go, scoring its first points against the Crimson in series history to make it a 94-5 contest. Haley Langan scored Harvard's final try in record-breaking fashion, crossing the end line in the closing seconds to set a new program record for points to cap the Crimson's 111-5 victory.
Harvard was led by a pair of freshmen as Weigel and Sarah Lipson led the charge, each registering three tries on the day. However, the Crimson displayed a total team effort as 14 different players recorded a try.
"Everything we do is based on total team effort," said Parker. "In every practice, everything that we do, all 15 team players need to know what their roles are, what their jobs are. We're trying to engage everybody, play an extremely intelligent game based on anticipating and knowing what's going to happen next so the other team feels like we're playing faster than them at all times."
Harvard will be in action next weekend as it will head to Providence to take on Brown, the defending Ivy League Tournament champion, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.