Senior Claire Collins and the Crimson hope to bring home the first Ivy Tournament Championship since 2013-14 against Dartmouth on Sunday (Elan Kawesch).
Harvard (6-1) vs. Dartmouth (6-1)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's rugby eyes the Ivy Tournament Championship as it hosts Dartmouth at Mignone Field on Sunday. The tournament features four games throughout the day, with the Crimson playing in the final match against the Big Green at 2:15 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard clinched a spot in the Ivy Tournament Championship match as it defeated Princeton, 55-0, in the semifinal round at Mignone Field on Oct. 29. The Crimson defense, as it has done all year, dominated from the opening whistle en route to its second consecutive shutout. Harvard has allowed just five points total in its previous three games. Nine different Crimson touched down for a try, led by freshman Delia Hellander with two tries against the Tigers.
Ivy Tournament Redemption
The Crimson looks to return to the top of the Ivy Conference with a championship victory for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Harvard finished third two years ago, but didn't place after consecutive tournament losses last season.
The Crimson recorded its second-straight shutout with a 55-0 victory over Princeton. It was the fifth time in 2016 that Harvard allowed less than 10 points to an opponent, and its third shutout on the season. The Crimson has allowed an average of just seven points per contest.
Harvard looks to redeem its only loss of the season, a 22-19 decision to Dartmouth on Oct. 1, as it takes on the Big Green in the championship match. Harvard has won its other six contests by at least 20 points, including four by 50-plus.
There's No Place Like Home
Roberto A. Mignone Field was unveiled in September of 2016. The new pitch was updated to meet World Rugby field certification standards, including a new synthetic infill Fieldturf surface along with goal posts, team areas and perimeter safety netting. The field also features an elevated press box, lights and offers seating capacity for up to 900 fans in permanent bleachers. The Crimson is 3-0 at Mignone Field this season.
Harvard has a number of players who can hurt opposing defenses, evident as 17 different Crimson have touched down for a try this season. Senior Claire Collins leads Harvard with 11 tries, but six other players have totaled at least three scores as well.
Dartmouth, the reigning Ivy 15's champions, enters the championship matchup against Harvard with a 6-1 record. The Big Green posted a perfect 5-0 mark in Ivy Conference play, including handing the Crimson its only loss on the year (22-19). Dartmouth is coming off a 45-14 win over Brown in the Ivy semifinal, and has won its last five games. Freshman Isabel Boettcher leads the Big Green with 10 tries this season.
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