Harvard Triumphs Over Women's Rugby Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In an exciting matchup, the first half saw Brown (2-2) leading 7-5 against Harvard (5-0) on Saturday afternoon at Mignone Field. However, Harvard managed to secure a 48-14 victory in the end.

The first half remained scoreless until the 32-minute mark when Chloe Headland scored for Harvard, putting them ahead 5-0. Just eight minutes later, Nikki Lynch’s try and Julia Murray’s successful conversion gave the Bears a 7-5 lead as they headed into halftime.

The second half was dominated by Harvard, allowing them to amass a commanding 48-7 lead. Lynch managed to score her second try of the game, and Kendall Cunningham’s successful conversion narrowed the gap to 48-14.

Reflecting on the match, Women’s Rugby Head Coach Rosalind Chou commented, “Two weeks in a row, it was the tale of two halves. We played the best rugby I’ve seen from this squad to date in the first half, executing our game plan nearly perfectly. In the second half, we found ourselves on the back foot and started to have execution errors. However, the team has a lot of potential and we are headed in a great direction.”

Chou also praised the team’s performance, stating, “Lynch’s try at the half was a result of excellent pressure from Hattie Grant, and Tarn Reilly is showing her capacity to play at the highest level. Akilah Cathey made Kathy Flores proud today in the No. 8 jersey. We will get back to work and are happy to return home to host Navy.”

Up next, Brown will return home for its Love is Love game on Saturday, October 7, at 12 p.m. at Berylson Family Fields. Admission to home women’s rugby contests remains free.

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Reference

https://brownbears.com/news/2023/9/30/womens-rugby-falls-at-harvard.aspx

https://www.planetrugby.com/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/index.html

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