CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's rugby team (6-1, 4-1 Ivy) clinched a spot in the Ivy Tournament Championship match as it defeated Princeton (3-3, 2-3 Ivy), 55-0, in the semifinal round at Mignone Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson defense, as it has done all year, dominated from the opening whistle en route to its second consecutive shutout. Harvard has allowed just five points total in its previous three games.
Harvard started off the scoring with a try from junior Taciana Periera, as she eluded multiple Princeton defenders along the sideline for the 5-0 Crimson advantage.
Senior Claire Collins then got in on the action, recording a try and then nearly scoring another out of a scrum before she was tackled on the goal line. Sophomore Genevieve Quirion punched it in from there to put Harvard up 15-0.
The Crimson added two more scores before the intermission, as freshman Delia Hellander broke free from the Princeton defense and fellow freshman Cydnee Colpaert tallied her first career try to give the Crimson a comfortable 25-0 lead.
In the second half, Harvard continued to wear down the Tigers, erupting for 30 more points while completely stopping the Princeton attack.
Sophomores Brett Jennings and Grace Chao recorded their first tries of the season, while sophomore Akweley Okine and freshman Emily Prentice earned scores for Harvard as well. Hellander managed to tack on her second try of the game to round out the scoring for the Crimson.
The Crimson now look ahead to the Ivy Tournament Championship game which will be held at Mignone Field on Sunday, November 6. Harvard will host all 8 Ivy teams.