Harvard sweeps the Ivies defeating Princeton and Yale.
Published on Monday, April 26, 1982 in the Harvard Crimson. Harvard's "A" side rugby team swept the Ivy League tournament Saturday and Sunday without losing a game, dropping Princeton. 18-0, in the semifinals, and Yale, 33-12 in the finals. Harvard's "B" side, the only "B" side in the double-elimination tournament, upset Penn and Dartmouth on route to a third-place finish.
"It was the finest team defensive effort of the year. We knew we would have to play like that to win, and we did." That was how Harvard rugby co-captain Phil Ordway evaluated his team's performance in a 3-0 win over previously-undefeated Brown here last weekend to clinch at least a tie for the Ivy League championship.
The battle of the undefeateds will determine the Ivy League rugby championship here Saturday as the Harvard A team puts its unmarred 6-0 record on the line against an impressive Brown fifteen with a 7-0 season mark.
For the fourth straight year the Harvard Rugby Club won the Eastern Rugby League championship when they defeated a surprisingly strong Boston club Saturday, 14 to 0, while Princeton, the Crimson's closest rival for the crown, was being beaten by Yale.
Crimson rugby players will embark on April 1 for a week's stay in Bermuda where they will play Yale, Princeton, and Cornell during the annual rugby week held there.
Kurt Vonnegut Cornell '44 was also known to write about sports when he was a member of The Sun news board. At least when the spirit moved him. In 1941, the Cornell rugby team was having a particularly tough time of it, and Vonnegut pointed out the problem in this column from May 1, 1941.Posted: 05/01/1941