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Harvard Women Take Rugby Title

11.6.13

The Harvard varsity women’s rugby team opened their initial season in style, bagging the Ivy League championship with a 29-0 victory over Dartmouth in the final of the Ancient Eight tourney in Hanover, New Hampshire on November 3.  Only a few months ago, women’s rugby became Harvard’s forty-second varsity sport. Under the leadership of coach Sue Parker, the ruggers compiled a 5-2 record, suffering losses only to Quinnipiac  (39-10) in their first varsity game and to Dartmouth (10-5), their first away opponent.

Yet the resilient ruggers bounced back from the Quinnipiac loss by demolishing Yale, 84-0, at home, and won their final four contests over Brown, Princeton, Brown again (Ivy semifinal), and Dartmouth. The Big Green were seeded first, the Crimson second, in the Ivy tournament, but Harvard kept the Hanover women off the scoreboard in nailing down the title. A measure of Harvard’s dominance is that those four season-closing victories saw them outscoring opponents 153-12. Harvard will compete in the USA Rugby 7s tournament at Texas A&M on November 22 through 24.  

 

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(1/3) GAME FACES From left, senior defensive lineman David Madzivanyika, captain and defensive lineman Truman Jones, and coach Tim Murphy get ready to lead the team out of the tunnel before kickoff.

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

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(1/4) KYM DANDY Even while in the clutches of Brown's Harrison Ochs (5), Harvard's Kym Wimberly (1) reached over the goal for his second touchdown. The senior wideout bedeviled the Brown secondary, making a game-high eight catches.

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Harvard football players limbering up for season-opening game

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(1/4) OPENING STRETCH. Sophomore backup quarterback Charles DiPrima and his mates got limbered up for the 148th season of Harvard football.
Photograph by Dylan Goodman Photography/courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

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Senior defensive lineman David Madzivanyika, captain and defensive lineman Truman Jones, and coach Tim Murphy get ready to lead the team out of the tunnel before kickoff.

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(1/3) GAME FACES From left, senior defensive lineman David Madzivanyika, captain and defensive lineman Truman Jones, and coach Tim Murphy get ready to lead the team out of the tunnel before kickoff.

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

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Harvard’s Kym Wimberly scores his second touchdown.

Click on arrow at right to view additional images
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Harvard football players limbering up for season-opening game

Click on arrow at right to view additional images
(1/4) OPENING STRETCH. Sophomore backup quarterback Charles DiPrima and his mates got limbered up for the 148th season of Harvard football.
Photograph by Dylan Goodman Photography/courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

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