Women's Rugby

Senior Perspective: Gabrielle Fernandopulle

As of June 1, it’s been 562 days since we last competed. But I’ve felt the strength and lessons of my team more so in the last 562 days off the field than I could have imagined. Harvard Women’s Rugby, more than anything else at Harvard, taught me how to learn, how to be a teammate, and how to be brave.

Harvard Women’s Rugby Standouts One Step Closer to Representing the United States on Rugby’s Biggest Stage

“Harvard kind of snuck up on everyone. I believe that all of us are really dedicated to improving ourselves for the betterment of the team and finding ways to learn and improve on and off the field to help the team, which were definitely values that were instilled at Harvard.”

Bargell Breaks Through Defender

Cassidy Bargell evades an opponent as she helps Harvard women's rugby win the 2019 NIRA National Championship.

Fernandopulle Finds the Try Zone

Gabrielle Fernandopulle '21 (#7) scores a try in the 2019 season home opener against Dartmouth.

With 12-Hour Time Differences and Unprecedented Uncertainty, Rugby Standout Sofie Fella Embraces the New Normal

Fella had found her rhythm in her life at Harvard until it was abruptly interrupted in January of 2020.

It's a Wrap

Sophomore Cassidy Bargell looks to elude the Black Knights' defender. In the game, while Army attempted to wrap up the Crimson, Harvard wrapped up the season in victory: with a national championship.

Let's Keep It Simple: National Champions

The national champions pose with their medals, trophy, and banner. The Crimson would lose just twice over the course of the season...before later avenging both losses (to Dartmouth and Army West Point) in the playoffs.

It's Lonely at the Top: Women's Rugby, National Champs and Team of the Year

On Mignone Field, in front of a large and boisterous home crowd, the Harvard women’s rugby team defeated Army West Point 18-7 to be named the 2019 National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) National Champions for the first time in program history. After a season full of adversity and a couple stinging losses, the team pulled together to achieve a historic season.

Women's Rugby Captures First-Ever NIRA National Championship

The Harvard women’s rugby team was named the NIRA National Champions for the first time in program history this past weekend. The Crimson defeated Army West Point, 18-7, at Mignone Field in front of Harvard’s home crowd.

Winners At Last

The Crimson celebrate on Mignone Field on a snowy Sunday afternoon.

Women's Rugby Beats Dartmouth, Advances to NIRA Championships

In its third matchup of this season, the Harvard women’s rugby team got its revenge and defeated Dartmouth in a stunning victory, 23-22, this past weekend in the NIRA semifinal game, earning a spot in the NIRA National Championship this coming weekend.

Stiff Competition

With a revenge victory over Dartmouth, Harvard advanced to the NIRA Championships to take on Army for the crown.

Women's Rugby Falls to Rival Dartmouth in Ivy Championships

This past weekend, the Harvard women’s rugby team fell to Dartmouth in the Ivy League Championship, 41-22. The Crimson beat the Big Green early on this season in September, 50-32, but the team was unable to channel that same energy in order to see a similar result this past Saturday.

The 'Ole College Try

Harvard was unable to top its rival Dartmouth, but a rematch is scheduled next month.

Women's Rugby Readies for Ivy Postseason after 5-1 Campaign

Harvard will attempt to win Ivies for the second year in a row this Saturday and will look to improve from last year’s Bronze in the NIRA Championship the following day.

Women’s Rugby Dominates Over Notre Dame

The Harvard women’s rugby team firmly defeated Notre Dame this past Saturday, finishing with a final score of 105-0. After defeating Dartmouth and Quinnipiac the past two weekends, this dominant win over the Falcons extends the Crimson’s winning streak to three games.

Slip Slidin' Away

The Crimson offense was completely unstoppable this past weekend, putting up over 100 points. Meanwhile, the defense achieved its first shutout of the season. f

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