Women’s Rugby Cruises Past Cornell, 91-0

Sophomore Genevieve Quirion touched down for Harvard's first try of the contest against Cornell (Elan Kawesch).

– The Harvard women's rugby team (5-1, 3-1 Ivy) dominated from start to finish against Cornell (3-1, 3-1 Ivy), earning a 91-0 victory over the Big Red. Eight different Crimson touched down for tries as Harvard recorded its second shutout of the season.

A field dedication took place after the game to honor the newly-renovated Roberto A. Mignone Field, which was unveiled in September. 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 moved to 5-1 overall on the season, including 3-1 in Ivy League action. Harvard will now gear up for the Ivy League Tournament, with its first match set for Oct. 29 against Princeton at Mignone Field in the semifinal round.

The Crimson got off to a quick start against Cornell and never looked back. Harvard led 53-0 by the end of the first half as a combination of unselfish play and a ferocious defense stifled the Big Red.

Harvard continued to add to its lead in the second half, erupting for another 38 points in the period while keeping Cornell off the scoreboard.

Freshman Emily Prentice led the Crimson with four tries, recording a natural hat trick with three straight in the first half. Prentice also had a number of unselfish plays to set up her teammates, fitting right in with the Crimson mindset.

Sophomore Caitlin Weigel and freshman Delia Hellander touched down multiple times throughout the contest, as Hellander set a career-high with three scores and Weigel scored for the sixth consecutive game.

Senior Claire Collins, junior Taciana Periera, sophomores Genevieve Quirion and Rachel Harkavy, as well as freshman Dominique Cantave all collected a try as well.

Harvard now looks ahead to the Ivy League Tournament, in which it will have home-field advantage throughout. The semifinal match against Princeton is set for 12 p.m. on Oct. 29, and the championship round is slated for the following weekend on Nov. 6 at Mignone Field.