PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard rugby team reached the finals of the Ivy League championship for the third straight year, but fell to Dartmouth, 29-0, in its quest for a third straight Ancient Eight crown. The Crimson (12-3) cruised through group play and the league semifinal, outscoring foes 174-14.
Freshman Arianna Romero led Harvard with eight tries for 40 points. Delia Hellander tallied 34 points behind four tries and seven conversions, while three other student-athletes registered at least 20 points. Sabrina Kim concluded the tournament with 22 points (4t, 1c), while Rachel Harkavy (4t) and Susie Clements (10c) were each responsible for 20.
The Crimson were paired with Cornell, Columbia, and Brown. In the opener, Arianna Romero and Harkavy led Harvard with three tries each. Romero opened the scoring in the first minute, but it was Genevieve Quirion's try after receiving an offload pass from Robyn Beese that broke the game open. Beese and Sabrina Kim added tries, while Delia Hellander and Susie Clements converted four and three times, respectively, in the 64-0 victory.
The story was similar against the Lions. Romero drew first blood and Quirion followed. Romero led the way again with another trio of scores, while Hellander took honors as leading scorer with 16 points (2t, 3c). Harvard topped the Columbia, 40-5.
Romero delivered the initial try versus Brown as well. Kim punched a gap in the line and added the next few tries. The rookie ended the match as the leading scorer with 15 points.
Hellander and Romero put the Crimson in control with a pair of tries before the half. Dominique Cantave added another out of the break and Clements converted for a commanding 17-0 lead. Cantave and Clements paired up again the seventh minute, giving the match its final tally, 24-7.
In the final against Dartmouth, the Crimson fell behind 17-0 at the half and was unable to come back before succombing to the clock,
Harvard will compete at the Bowdoin Polar Bear Sevens Tournament on Saturday, April 21. The tournament serves as an automatic qualifier for sevens nationals held on Saturday, May 19.