Women’s Rugby Falls Short in Hard-Fought Ivy Tournament Championship Against Dartmouth

Senior Claire Collins touched down for a try against the Big Green (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– The Harvard women's rugby team was defeated by Dartmouth, 14-5, in the Ivy Tournament Championship on Sunday.

The Crimson played a hard-fought contest against the Big Green and held the lead for majority of the second half. As it has done all year, the Crimson defense played extremely well and kept a potent Dartmouth attack scoreless for nearly 70 minutes.

The two Ivy teams engaged in a defensive battle early, as neither team recorded a try for much of the first half. Harvard's defense held the Big Green scoreless on a number of situations close to the Big Green end zone.

The Crimson broke the 0-0 tie with less than two minutes left in the half, as senior Claire Collins touched down for a try after Harvard battled for a loose ball and junior captain Maya Learned gained possesion, taking it down near the goal line to set up Collins. The Crimson took the 5-0 lead into the intermission.

Harvard's defense continued to stifle Dartmouth, and the Crimson held on to the five-point advantage until late the in second half. After a Big Green try and conversion with ten minutes remaining, the Crimson trailed for the first time, 7-5.

Harvard continued to play tough and had a couple scoring chances late, but was ultimately kept off the scoreboard as Dartmouth went on to earn the 14-5 victory.