Women’s Rugby Tallies Four Wins at Crimson 7s, Takes Second

Photo: Gil Talbot
Photo: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -  The Harvard women's rugby team earned four wins on its way to its second-consecutive Crimson 7s finals appearance, eventually falling to Dartmouth, 12-10, in the final moments of the game at Mignone Field. 

The team started the day with a commanding 46-7 victory over Colby-Sawyer. Both first-years Sofie Fella and Cassidy Bargell finished with two tries each, while junior Delia Hellander scored two conversions. Harvad had four other scorers that tallied one try in the contest. 

In the next game, Harvard continued its dominant play with a 37-0 shutout of Sacred Heart. Senior Caitlin Weigel and Bargell both led the way with two tries each. Sophomore Arianna Romero, Hellander and senior captain Genevieve Quirion added tries for the Crimson. 

Harvard added yet another shutout in the third game, defeating Quinnipiac, 27-0. Weigel added her second-straight two-try game, while Bargell added another one to her total. Quirion and Hellander rounded out the scoring for Harvard. 

With the three wins, the Crimson moved to the cup semifinal round. In a close matchup, the team took down the reigning Crimson 7s champions, Army, 15-14. Bargell and Weigel combined for 10 points, with the final try coming from junior Emily Prentice

The fourth win of the day sent Harvard to the Cup Final, where it fell to Dartmouth in the closing minutes, 12-10. The team earned tries from Romero and Weigel in the tightly contested contest. 

Harvard Highlights:

  • Harvard also fielded a second team which participated in the round robin pool, finishing 2-1 on the day with wins against Army and Dartmouth's second teams. 
  • Weigel led the way in tries on the day with seven, scoring in each of the team's five games. 
  • Bargell, in her first collegiate sevens action, followed Weigel with six tries of her own on the day, good for second best on the team.
  • Hellander finished the day with four conversions, leading the team. 

Scores:

Harvard [A]:

  • Harvard def. Colby-Sawyer, 46-7
  • Harvard def. Sacred Heart, 37-0
  • Harvard def. Quinnipiac, 27-0
  • Harvard def. Army, 15-14
  • Dartmouth def. Harvard, 12-10

Harvard [B]:

  • Army [B] def. Harvard, 26-15
  • Harvard def. Army [B], 21-12
  • Harvard def. Dartmouth [B], 25-5

Up Next:
The Crimson will host its next contest, hosting the Ivy League 7s tournament on April 13. Games will be played at Mignone Field and broadcast on ESPN+.