Brenna R. Nelsen
It was a historic season for the Crimson, as the squad captured its first-ever Ivy League title to cap off its fall schedule in November.
Heading into its 2013-2014 season, the Harvard women’s ice hockey team was already facing an uphill battle. The Crimson had graduated its leading scorer, Jillian Dempsey ’13, and had lost three other key players along with long-tenured coach, Katey Stone, to the Olympic roster.
Among rugby's senior standouts was co-captain Xanni Brown, who spearheaded the Crimson’s offensive charge as the team’s leading scorer.
Entering its first USA Rugby Division I National Championships as a varsity squad, the Harvard women’s rugby team (7-6) looked compete against the country’s top teams in the Sweet Sixteen.
Co-captains Ali Haber and Xanni Brown were sidelined with injuries before and during Saturday afternoon's contest at No. 1 Penn State, which defeated the Crimson, 50-12.
Cheta Emba—who also splits time as a goalkeeper for the varsity women’s soccer team—helped spearhead the Harvard rugby team’s offensive charge against Boston College with four first-half tries.
Boston College had nothing to stop the Harvard women’s rugby team as the Crimson (7-3) cruised to a 105-0 victory over the Eagles.
The ECAC matchup against the Big Red ended the Crimson’s hopes at a league tournament title. Fortunately for Harvard, the 6-4 loss at Cheel Arena will not be the final game of its 2013-2014 campaign.
The No. 11 Crimson took on No. 4 American International College in a Saturday afternoon contest at Cumnock Field, and the powerful Yellow Jackets offense proved too much for the injury-hampered Crimson squad in the 56-19 loss.
Seeing its first action since November, the Crimson (6-2) picked up its spring schedule right where it left off in the fall with a 22-5 win over West Chester University (5-3).
Unfortunately for Harvard, a tie against the Bulldogs on Friday evening was not enough for the ECAC regular season conference championship. But Harvard quickly rebounded the following afternoon with a 3-1 win over the Bears to take home the Ancient Eight title.
Junior forward Samantha Reber scored with 10.9 seconds left in the extra frame to lift Harvard over BU, 3-2, in the Beanpot consolation game on Tuesday evening.
Back-to-back goals in the third period were not enough for the No. 3/5 Harvard women’s ice hockey team in the opening round of the 36th Annual Beanpot Tournament. The Crimson (17-3-3, 13-2-2 ECAC) fell Tuesday night in a 4-3 decision to Northeastern (14-12-2, 8-6-2 Hockey East) at Boston College’s Conte Forum.
A little over two months removed from its first varsity practice, the Crimson found itself rightfully situated at the top of the Ivy League. But this wasn’t exactly the “rags to riches” season it may, at first glance, appear to be.
In a season of many firsts, the Harvard women’s rugby team reached another milestone on Sunday, capturing its first ever Ivy League Championship title.