Harvard Surges Past Quinnipiac Into NIRA Championship

NIRA Semi-Finals: Harvard vs Quinnipiac

Following Dartmouth’s 26-7 victory over Army, Harvard faced Quinnipiac in the second NIRA Semi-final at Dartmouth College Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Harvard struck first with a try by Jenny Kronish in the 5th minute for a 5-0 lead. Senior Caitlyn Weigel added a try to push the lead to 12-0 after a Kronish conversion. Delia Hellander added the team’s third try to lead 19-0.

Quinnipiac answered back with a penalty kick to cut the lead to 19-3, but Harvard answered right back with a long kick by Kronish, making it 22-3. Quinnipiac then added a try to cut the lead to 22-8.

Harvard had one more socre to add before the break with Kronish adding her second try and another conversion for a 29-8 lead.

Second Half

Jenny Kronish added a penalty kick early in the second half to increase Harvard’s lead to 32-8. Mid-way in the half, she added another kick for a 35-8 lead.

Caitlyn Weigel powered he way downfield and offloaded to Susie Clements for the try. Kronish added the conversion and a 42-8 lead.

Kronish had another attempt at goal, but the kick was wide. Precious time was taken off the clock as Harvard continued to manage the clock. Harvard then attacked the middle of the pitch and Caitlyn Weigel evaded a defender for a try and a 47-8 lead.

That’s the way it would end with a Harvard victory. With the win, 8-1 Harvard will face 8-1 Dartmouth in the NIRA Championship at 1 p.m.on Sunday.

Quinnipiac ends its season with a 4-5 record and hopes that the experience for their young team will result in a return to the Championship in 2019. The loss also ended Quinnipiac’s quest for a 4th consecutive NIRA title.

When the Quinnipiac scorers are confirmed, the article will be updated.

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