CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's rugby sevens season will begin with the Fourth Annual Crimson 7s Tournament on Saturday, March 24. Roberto A. Mignone Field will host 27 matches as 12 teams are set to compete across three pools for the right to move on to the cup and plate championship brackets. The opening match between Army and West Chester is slated for 9 a.m. Harvard will kick-off against Molloy at 9:20 a.m. Streaming is available on the Ivy League Network.
Harvard and Army will each field a pair of sides, while Quinnipiac, American International, Boston University, Brown, Molloy, Northeastern, Sacred Heart, and West Chester will also enter the tournament. Pool play will last from 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. The semifinal and championship rounds will begin after the conclusion of group play.
Pool A: Quinnipiac, American International, Sacred Heart, Boston University
Pool B: Harvard 1, West Chester, Army 2, Molloy
Pool C: Army 1, Brown, Harvard 2, Northeastern
To view the entire schedule, please visit the 2018 Crimson 7s Tournament page.
The Crimson went 4-3-1, reaching the Ivy League Championship and NIRA National Semifinal. Senior captain Maya Learned, juniors Caitlin Weigel and Jenny Kronish, and freshman Milan Roberts earned All-America honors. Senior lock Haley Langan was bestowed an All-America honorable mention. Roberts paced the Crimson with eight tries, while Weigel scored seven times and converted four times. Learned accumulated five tries, while Kronish led the team with 24 conversions.
Harvard's 7s in `17
The 2017 sevens season saw Harvard win its second Ivy League Championship in a row and finish third in the nation. The Crimson earned its No. 3 national standing after going 4-1 at the NIRA 7s Challenge. Harvard topped West Chester, 17-7, AIC, 24-5, and Dartmouth, 10-7, in group play, but was defeated by Army, 26-7, to finish second in pool play. In the third-place bout, Harvard upended AIC, 26-5, to conclude the year as the No. 3 team in the country.
Harvard became back-to-back Ivy League champions when it defeated Dartmouth in the final. The Crimson swept Columbia, 29-0, and Penn, 45-0, before falling to Dartmouth, 12-0. Harvard then won a 22-19 battle against Princeton to earn a spot in the Ancient Eight title game where it used a strong second half to defeat the Big Green, 10-5.
Last Time at the Crimson 7s Tournament
Harvard went 4-1 and finished as the runner-up for the third straight year. The Crimson shut out New Hampshire, 36-0, Sacred Heart, 35-0, AIC, 29-0, and West Chester, 12-0, en route to the cup final. Harvard fell in the championship to Quinnipiac, 22-10.
The Golden Knights finished fifth at USA Rugby 7s Championships and second the NIRA in 2017. Zye Crittington led the Black Knights in both of the major tournaments. The then-sophomore concluded the national championship with seven tries and 35 points, while producing five tries at the USA Rugby event. Kirsten Redmon and Sam Sullivan each had four tries at NIRA. Bayleigh Gable scored five tries and had 14 conversions at USA Rugby 7s.
The Bears went 2-2 and finished the 15s season in third at the Ivy Championship. Beth Clifton earned a NIRA All-America honor. Brown finished fourth in the Ivy League 7s last season.
The Lions posted a record of 4-2-1 for the 2017 15s season. Caroline Nickels led Molloy with 16 tries and 80 points, while Sabrina Rodriguez touched down 13 times. Siobhan Coady was third on the team with 59 points (9 tries, 7 conversions). Olivia Sturiano was the leading converter with 12. Rodriguez registered a team-leading 29 tackles, with Nizabeta Delianin (25) and Nickels (23) contributing defensively as well. Nickels was named a First Team All-American by NIRA.
The Huskies launched a 7s side in the fall of 2017 and won the Cianci 7s. Northeastern has already opened its spring season, having contested the Las Vegas Invitational on March 1. The Huskies and Boston University are club teams competing against NCAA programs.
Scouting West Chester
The Rams went 6-4 and were a top-10 15s program in the fall. Lili Riley and Aalea Ray were NIRA All-America honorees. Riley set a single-season scoring record with 185 points (24 tries, 31 conversions, one penalty kick) for West Chester. Ray was credited with 10 tries. Riley is the second all-time leading 7s scorer for the Rams with 138 points (16t, 29c). West Chester took third at the Crimson 7s last year.
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National Intercollegiate Rugby Association
NIRA is a cohort of 17 member institutions sponsoring NCAA rugby at their respective divisional level (I, II, or III). Together these schools committed to the expansion of women's rugby and achieving full NCAA sponsorship. Harvard, along with Army, Brown, Dartmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart are NIRA Division I programs. American International College, Central Washington, Long Island University-Post, Molloy College, Notre Dame College, and West Chester University are Division II schools. Bowdoin College, Castleton University, Norwich University, and the University of New England compete at the Division III level. Each compete against the others for the NIRA national title.
Harvard travels to the Brown 7s Tournament on Sunday, April 8 at Marvel Field.