Dartmouth Wins NIRA Championship Over Harvard

Dartmouth & Harvard Women’s Rugby

Dartmouth women’s Rugby team won the 2019 NIRA National Championship, 19-14 over Harvard. It was the first NIRA Championship title in the program’s history.

Harvard had the first scoring opportunity in the first minute, but Dartmouth would score first with a try by freshman Ariana Ramsey for a 5-0 lead. Neither team would score again during the half, s the top two teams engaged in a defensive battle.

Dartmouth struck first early in the second half from a try by senior Camile Johnson, who evaded Harvard defenders. She then converted for a 12-0 lead. The Big Green added a third try by freshman Emily Henrich, pushing the lead to 19-0.

Harvard then answered back with a run by senior Caitlin Weigel, who is a force to tackle. The run set up the finish by sophomore Adrianna Romero and after senior Jenny Kronisch’svconversion, the score was 19-7.

Late in the match, Harvard cut the lead to 19-14 after a penalty try, but neither team would add points and Dartmouth claimed the title.

Senior Dartmouth captain Camille Johnson was named Mos Valuable Player at the conclusion of the match.

In the semi-finals on Friday, Dartmouth beat Army 26-7 and Harvard beat Quinnipiac  47-8.

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