TUSCON, AZ. – The Harvard women's rugby team swept pool play by defeating Central Washington, 17-5, then Davenport, 29-12, leading into the team's final game of the day against Life. Junior Dominique Cantave captured the win with a try in the final seconds, 22-19, solidifying the top seed in the Cup Semifinal, Sunday, at the Kino Sports Complex in Tuscon, Arizona.
The day began with a strong defensive effort from the Crimson, allowing just one try against Central Washington. Junior Emily Prentice began the scoring in the first half thanks to a feed from first-year Cassidy Bargell. Junior Delia Hellander and Bargell both added tries in the second to cap off the 17-5 victory.
In game two, Harvard scored early and often, starting with back-to-back tries from Cantave and another from Hellander at the end of the half. Sophomore Arianna Romero continued the offensive onslaught with two more tries in the second half, securing the victory, 29-12.
The final game of the day came down to the very last play. Despite a 12-0 deficit at the half, the Crimson battled back, beginning early in the second half with Hellander's third try of the day. Senior Caitlin Weigel scored a try quickly after, bringing the team to within two points. Cantave then broke free and sprinted to the try zone to give Harvard a 15-12 advantage. Life scored late in the half, giving them the lead with only a little time left for Harvard to answer. Cantave then scored by running down the right sideline, past the Life defenders and touching down for the try. The whistle sounded following Hellander's conversion to give the Crimson a sweep of pool play.
- With the three victories, Harvard secures the number one seed in the elimination round on Sunday and will take on Lindenwood.
- In the program's third appearance in the College 7s National Championship, the Crimson had its best day one showing, earning its first multi-win performance.
- Along with scoring the game-winning try against Life, Cantave led the team's scoring with four tries on the day.
- Hellander finished with three tries, adding one in each of the three games.
Harvard will play in the first game of the day on Sunday, taking on Lindenwood in the Cup Semifinal at 12:00 p.m. EST. The game will be played in the stadium of the Kino Sports Complex and will also be broadcast on FloRugby.com.