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.
Dartmouth’s first two scores were classic Dartmouth backline tries and the outlook for Brown after only 12 minutes was grim. However, this confident Brown squad picked up its defensive intensity and began to chip away at the Dartmouth lead.
Although wing Scott Fielding scored Brown’s first points on a 20 meter penalty kick, the opportunity was the result of hooker Dan Levine-Spound catching the Brown kickoff after Dartmouth’s second try and running the ball deep into Dartmouth territory where Dartmouth was penalized.
For the rest of the first half, Brown dominated possession but the Dartmouth defense was particularly difficult to crack. With but six minutes to halftime, Brown drove a lineout from the 5 meter line and flanker Joe Daou scored his first of two tries.
Dartmouth was penalized five meters from its goal line as the half ended and captain Zahid Jethani made a nice pass to wing Dan Tonderys for another try to close within one point of Dartmouth.
The first 29 minutes of the second half were a defensive stalemate as Brown and Dartmouth conceded no tries but traded penalties and penalty kicks, with Dartmouth converting three to Brown’s one for a 23 to 16 lead.
However, with eleven minutes left to play, Brown secured a lineout five meters from the line. The lineout was won by lock Zach Long who broke for the goal line but was stopped just short. Dartmouth held as Brown drove twice but the third attempt was successful as Joe Daou scored his second try of the match under the posts. Fielding converted to tie the score.
Brown produced its best effort of the season but the competition provided by Dartmouth exposed some areas where improvement is needed.
Referee: Chris Ekman
Dartmouth converted try Madison Hughes, score 0-7
Dartmouth converted try Madison Hughes, score 0-14
Brown penalty kick Scott Fielding, score 3-14
Brown try by Joe Daou, 8-14
Brown try Dan Tonderys, 13-14
Half Brown 13 - Dartmouth 14
Dartmouth penalty kick, 13-17
Brown penalty kick Scott Fielding, 16-17
Dartmouth penalty kick, 16-20
Dartmouth penalty kick, 16-23
Brown try Joe Daou, 21-23
Brown conversion Scott Fielding, 23-23
Final Brown 23 - Dartmouth 23
First XV Squad
1. Micah Baclig’14
2. Daniel Levine-Spound ’12.5
3. Everett Epstein’13
4. Zach Long ’13,
5. Kavin Nunez’14
6. Joe Daou’14
7. Rob Bentlyewski ’13
8. Chris Latham’’14
9. Matt Leonard ‘14
10. Colin Schofield’15, replaced at halftime by Zahid Jethani
11. Dan Tonderys’14, replaced at halftime by James McGinn’12.5
12. Manny Koelliker’14
13. Ryan Jones’14, replaced at halftime by Dan Tonderys
14. Scott Fielding’14
15. Zahid Jethani’13, replaced at halftime by Ryan Jones
Brown Second XV v. Dartmouth Second XV
Brown’s Second XV was defeated by Dartmouth 75-7. With a team composed almost entirely of first year players who are getting their first experience at rugby, the result was disappointing but each match we are seeing improvement. We will be working with this group for the rest of the fall season to bring individual, unit and team skills to a competitive level.
Brown’s only score was spectacular as experienced fly half Blair Cameron made a long break and as the defense cut him off, he kicked ahead. Wing John Spooney chased the kick, outran the Dartmouth defenders and touched the ball down in goal. Blair kicked the conversion.
Final Brown 7 - Dartmouth 75
Second XV Squad
1. Reed Blair’15
2. Peter Julian’16 and Ian Georgianna’15
3. Jean-Nicolas Dackiw’14
4. Peter Makhlouf’16
5. Jake Rosenfeld’16
6. Ken Lusk’16
7. Tariq Cannonier’16
8. Connor Flexman’16
9. Sira Udomritthiruj’16 and Joe Paolino’16
10. Blair Cameron’14 and Ben Orf’16
11. John Spooney’13 and Tolupe Lawal’16
12. Eric Nguyan’16 and Nate Giacalone’16
13. Godwin Tsado’16 and Nicolas Ladru’16
14. Tom Keelan’16 and Ojo Oladele’16
15. Ammar Faizullabhoy’16 and Alex Krotow’15
Brown's next match will be against Yale this Saturday, October 6 at 1:30pm at Brown Rugby Field on Elmgrove Avenue (across from the Brown Football Stadium) Providence, Rhode Island. A Second XV match will follow directly after.
Dartmouth's next match will be against Harvard Saturday, October 6 at 1:00pm in Cambridge, MA.