Senior Claire Collins led the Crimson with two tries against Dartmouth last weekend (Gil Talbot).
Harvard (3-1) vs. Princeton (2-0)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's rugby team looks to continue its early-season success as the Crimson travel to take on Princeton in Ivy League action on Saturday.
Harvard got off to the best start in program history after winning its first three contests before falling to Dartmouth last weekend.
Last Time Out
The Crimson suffered its first defeat of the season at Dartmouth, 22-19. Harvard nearly pulled off the late-game comeback, cutting the deficit to three after a late try and successful conversion with three minutes remaining. The Big Green, however, managed to hold off the Crimson attack and secured the three-point victory. Senior Claire Collins led the offense with two tries, while sophomore Caitlin Weigel touched down for a try as well.
Ivy League Action
Harvard will play its third consecutive Ivy League contest against the Tigers. The Crimson are 1-1 against Ancient Eight opponents this season and will finish the conference schedule by hosting Cornell at Mignone Field on Oct. 15.
The Crimson have continued to play well as a collective group. On both sides of the ball, Harvard has shown depth and toughness that have led to the early-season success. Through four games, 12 different Crimson have tallied a try.
Scoring in Bunches
Collins has touched down multiple times in three games this season. The senior leads Harvard with eight tries, including a career-high four against the University of New England. She also posted two scores against Navy and Dartmouth.
Weigel has been instrumental to Harvard's early-season success, recording a try in all four games in 2016. Weigel ranks second on the Crimson with four tries.
Even with the loss at Dartmouth, the Crimson is still outscoring its opponents by an average of 26.5 points per match. Harvard's offense is producing 37.5 points, while the defense is holding opponents to just 11 points per contest.
Princeton is off to a 2-0 start, including 1-0 in Ivy League play. The Tigers opened the season with a 60-0 victory over Penn, dominating the contest from the opening whistle. Princeton led 39-0 at the half and cruised to a win over the Quakers. The Tigers followed that up with a win over Monmouth, once again jumping out to an early lead. Princeton took a 21-0 advantage at half as it held on for the 21-15 win.