On a crisp autumn day at Cornell’s pitch the University of Pennsylvania Quakers and the Cornell Big Red battled to a 33-16 final. Penn, coming off a tie with the Princeton Tigers, looked to establish an early tempo.
Brown’s resilience was tested as the Bears gave up two early converted tries in the first 12 minutes of the match before outscoring Dartmouth 23 to 9 over the final 65 minutes of play and not conceding another try to tie the Ivy League’s most dominant rugby program over the last 16 years.
Although there had been some rain early in the day, field conditions were excellent and there was not rain during the afternoon.
Cornell hosted the University of Waterloo, from Ontario, Canada over Labor Day weekend in their first contest of the season. The team highly anticipated this game coming off a successful 4-1 spring season. The match played on a scorching Saturday afternoon began as a contested battle with both teams drawing a score to make it 5-5 in the opening ten minutes. Waterloo’s high-octane offense kicked into gear afterwards scoring forty-one unanswered points in to the half with credit to great ball movement along their back line.
Cornell travelled to Hamilton, New York to take on cross-state rival Colgate University on Saturday, September 8th. Cornell was fresh off a close defeat and looking for their first win of the season against a strong Colgate side. Colgate’s side, which went 13-0 only to lose in the national tournament last spring, suffered a loss to other Ivy, Yale University 28-0 the week previous. The ensuing match was one to be remembered. A storm swirled in from the west that brought with it two straight hours of rain.
September 6, 2012—Dartmouth Rugby kicked off its preseason this past weekend with a trip to Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. There the Big Green took on Queens as well as traditional cross-border rivals McGill University. The weekend served as an excellent learning experience for a young Dartmouth side under a new coaching staff.
Brown played a match scrimmage with the University of Albany to jump start the fall 2012 season. The referee was Miles Mcivor who filed the following match report with the New England Referees Society which I found well written and worth passing on to our Brown supporters.
Pre-season training got underway on Monday, August 27 with morning and afternoon sessions to prepare for our Ivy League season. Pre-season will include twice daily training through Tuesday, September 4th when classes begin. During pre-season, there will be a scrimmage at Brown against the University of Albany, New York on Saturday, September 1st and a match at Norwich University on Saturday, September 8th.
After 80 minutes of heart-stopping rugby, Saturday night’s game ended with a win for the women from Cornell. Visiting Cornell scored 41 points to Columbia's 7 in front of an enthusiastic home town crowd under the lights at Baker Stadium.
Brown remained undefeated and tops in the Ivy League with a 28-24 win over Harvard. Jessica Sawadago '15 opened the scoring 26 minutes in taking the ball off the back of a 5 meter scrum and diving over for the score. Erica Florenz converted and Brown led 7-0. Minutes before the half ended Harvard scored an unconverted try to bring the score to 7-5.
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