Following a fourth-place outcome at the Ivy League sevens championship, the Harvard women’s rugby team came into the American Collegiate Rugby Association National Championships looking to finish the season on a high note. The tournament also marked the last competition for eight seniors.
“I’ve never been surrounded by so many inspiring, talented, and truly genuine people,” graduating co-captain Kaleigh Henry said. “I attribute my immensely positive college experience mostly to them [and] my family.”
While the Crimson earned a spot in the final-four playoff, Harvard ended the weekend with a pair of losses to finish fourth.
AIC 20, HARVARD 12
When the Crimson offense started moving in the second half, it moved quickly.
Trailing 20-0, Harvard used scores from seniors Henry and Cheta Emba to shrink the deficit to eight. But the score would hold from there, as the Crimson fell, 20-12.
The Yellow Jackets scored off the opening kickoff and went on to take a 15-0 lead over the Crimson at the half. This lead grew, thanks to a score early in the second half.
“I am extremely proud,” senior Brooke Kantor said. “We played at our highest level. I do know that [a lot of the time], our nerves get the better of us.”
ARMY 19, HARVARD 7
Playing for a second time against Army, the Crimson defense struggled early on, allowing the Black Knights to score on three tries.
Coming into the second half of the semifinal match down 19-0, the Harvard defense brought about a stalemate in scoring, with no team recording a try for the first several minutes.
Then an Emba try broke the equilibrium and reenergized the Crimson side.
“The biggest adjustment was probably our mentality,” said Henry. “We came into the tournament focused and ready to fight. Bringing in that tenacious attitude really helped us compete.”
However, Harvard got no closer, as both defenses held to preserve the 19-7 final.
HARVARD 26, NAVY 5
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