Women’s Rugby earns statement win over Harvard

By Frank Shala Army Athletic Communications

September 12th, 2019 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
 Sophomore Damaria Morton (left) scored Army West Point’s first try of the game as the Black Knights defeated last year’s National Runners-Up Harvard, 34-10, Saturday at the Anderson Rugby Complex. Senior captain Bayleigh Gable set a new single game high with four penalty kicks.   Photo by Army Athletic Communications

The Army West Point Women’s Rugby team opened up its 2019 season with a bang Saturday at the Anderson Rugby Complex, as the Black Knights defeated 2018 National Runners-Up Harvard, 34-10.
Army (1-0, 1-0 NIRA) set the tempo right out the gate, stopping multiple Harvard (1-1, 1-1 NIRA) score attempts deep in Black Knight territory in the opening five minutes. Keeping the Crimson out of the try zone set the tempo for Army, who continued to assert its physicality for over 80 minutes.
“When an (opposing) team sees Army on the front of their jersey, they should know they’re going to be in for a fight,” Head Coach Bill LeClerc said. “It was a really physical game and Harvard brought a ton of physicality, but our girls were up for the challenge.”
Senior captain Bayleigh Gable put Army on the board in the 15th minute with the first of her four penalty kicks.
The first try of the day came three minutes later after sophomore Damaria Morton raced down the field for a score.
After Gable’s second penalty kick made it 11-0, fellow senior Sam Sullivan pushed it to 16-0 after muscling her way past the Harvard defense for a try of her own.
Ginny Miller put Harvard on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute, only to have junior Gio Ferguson-Lewis cap off a stellar first half with another Army try in the final push of the first 40 minutes to send the Cadets into the locker room up 21-5.
The physicality continued into the second half as the ball rarely crossed into the Army zone.
Freshman Charisma Henry added a try, and two more Gable kicks rounded out the scoring for the Black Knights.
“It just sets our standard for the rest of the season,” Gable said. “This was a really good game, against good competition, so we’re just going to use this and build from there.”

Scoring timeline vs. Harvard
• 15th minute: PK—Bayleigh Gable—Army (Army leads, 3-0);
• 18th minute: Try—Damaria Morton— Army (Army leads, 8-0);
• 22nd minute: PK—Bayleigh Gable— Army (Army leads, 11-0);
• 26th minute: Try—Sam Sullivan—Army (Army leads, 16-0);
• 33rd minute: Try—Ginny Miller—Harvard (Army leads, 16-5);
• 40th minute: Try—Gio Ferguson-Lewis —Army (Army leads, 21-5);
• 54th minute: Try—Charisma Henry; Conversion (Borchers)—Army (Army leads, 28-5);
• 60th minute: PK—Bayleigh Gable—Army (Army leads, 31-5);
• 64th minute: Try—Brogan Mior—Harvard (Army leads, 31-10);
• 68th minute: PK—Bayleigh Gable—Army (Army leads, 34-10).

Army highlights and game notes
• Army wins its opening game of the season for only the second time in six years of varsity play.
• The Black Knights move to 2-2-1 versus Harvard in varsity 15s play.
• The 35 points are the most Army has scored in varsity play in its opening game of the season.
• Gable’s four penalty kicks sets a new single game record.