Freshman Emily Prentice (middle) led the Crimson with four tries in its decisive victory over Cornell on Oct. 15 (Elan Kawesch).
Harvard (5-1) vs. Princeton (3-2)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's rugby team opens play in the Ivy Tournament with a semifinal match against Princeton on Saturday at noon. The Crimson clinched home-field advantage during the regular season and will host the Tigers at Mignone Field.
Harvard will also host the final round of the Ivy Tournament Championship the following week on Sunday, Nov. 6. There will be four games throughout the day with the first match of the final round taking place at 9 a.m. and the Championship at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Crimson rolled to a 91-0 win over Cornell on Oct. 15. The Crimson had eight different players record tries, led by freshman Emily Prentice with four. Sophomore Caitlin Weigel and freshman Delia Hellander also touched down multiple times throughout the contest. Harvard recorded its second shutout of the season as it moved to 5-1 overall, including 3-1 in Ivy League action.
Ancient Eight Action
Harvard finished second in the Ivy standings during the regular season at 3-1. Dartmouth took home the first seed for the conference championships at 4-0, while Princeton (2-2) and Brown (1-3) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Margin of Victory
The Crimson has totaled 299 points while allowing just 46 to opposing teams. Through six games, Harvard is outscoring its opponents by an average of 42 points per game. The Crimson has also recorded victories by more than 50 points on three separate occasions.
After earning a shutout victory over Cornell, the Crimson has now held its opponents to single digits in four games this season. Harvard is allowing an average of under eight points per game as its defense continues to stifle opposing teams.
The Crimson has a number of weapons on the offensive end that can impact the game at any time. Harvard has had 14 different players touch down for tries this season, making it tough for opponents to key in on any specific player.
Freshman Emily Prentice erupted for a career-high four tries against Cornell. Prentice recorded a natural hat trick with three-straight scores in the first half, and also had a number of unselfish plays to set up her teammates throughout the contest. She added another score late in the second half as well.
Senior Claire Collins and sophomore Caitlin Weigel have provided consistent offensive firepower for Harvard this season. Collins leads the Crimson with 10 tries this season while Weigel has totaled seven tries, including at least one in every game on the year.
Princeton enters the Ivy League Championship tournament with a record of 3-2, including 2-2 in conference action. The Tigers are coming off losses to Dartmouth and Harvard in its last two matches, after recording wins over Brown, Monmouth and Penn earlier this season. The Crimson handed Princeton a 58-5 loss when the two teams met in Princeton, N.J. on Oct. 8.
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