Ivy Conference Scoring System
W (win): 4 pts for a win
L (loss): 0 pts for a loss
T (tie): 2 pts for a tie
Try bonus: 1 pt for 4 or > tries
Loss bonus: 1 pt for loss by 7 pts or <
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The Dartmouth women looked as though they couldn’t quite wake up from their 3 hour nap on the early-Sunday morning bus ride to New Haven. The Elis, on the other hand, were quite ready to take the field, coming out with more intensity and aggression than their visitors, and spending the first 15 minutes of this cross-tier match with most of the possession.
Once again Dartmouth had home field advantage on a beautiful fall day for this weekend’s final Tier I Ivy Rugby Conference match against Brown. Once again all eyes were on Brophy Field as both teams provided thrilling entertainment for this weekend’s large homecoming crowd with inspirational runs, driving tackles, and ferocious team defense. Most notably, once again the Big Green women held out for the win to remain undefeated and on top when the final whistle blew, with another very narrow point spread against a very talented opponent.
Cornell has proven to be the dominant team in the Ivy Rugby Conference's Southern Division this fall. After a convincing 44-19 win over Princeton this weekend, it's easy to see why people are predicting big things for the Big Red.
The Fall 2013 season has not been particularly kind to Columbia. Despite several strong performances, their record sat at 1-2 coming into their home match against rival Penn this past Saturday. Columbia managed to put together a lead going into the final minutes of the match but a series of crucial mistakes as well as increasingly solid play on Penn's part led to a 42-30 win for the Quakers at Randall's Island field in New York City.
After their 10-5 loss to Dartmouth the week before, everyone was interested to see how Harvard's Women's Rugby Club would perform during their match against a powerful Brown squad. After the clock ended with Harvard up 57-7, everyone got their answer: Harvard should not be taken lightly. The Crimson came out firing on all cylinders Saturday, putting 26 points on the board before half while only allowing one try to the Big Green.
The Dartmouth and Princeton Women's teams both came into this past Saturday's match with expectations of a tough, brutal game decided by defense. Neither team could have imagined just how accurate those expectations would be. Featuring a second half completely devoid of scoring by either team and some of the best defensive play either division of the Ivy Rugby Conference has seen this year, the match between Dartmouth and Princeton ended in the Big Green's favor, 7-5.
Dartmouth traveled to Cambridge this weekend for their second meeting with Harvard. The Crimson had proved to be Dartmouth’s stiffest league competition this year, playing the Big Green close in the first match of the season in Hanover. Knowing the Crimson to be a tough and worthy opponent, Dartmouth went into the match looking to improve from their first meeting. The Big Green established control early and didn’t look back on their way to a 57-7 victory.
The Penn Women's Rugby Club, coming off of an impressive 67-22 win over Yale, traveled to Ithaca this past Saturday to face a formidable Cornell team that dispatched Columbia 90-0 the week before week. In what seemed bound to be a high-scoring affair, didn't disappoint. Though it was Cornell's defense that also surprised the traveling Penn side.
Cornell defeated Penn 87-5.
Cornell has been the team to beat in the Ivy Rugby Conference's Southern Division this fall, and after their 33-12 win over Princeton this past Saturday it doesn't look like that's about to change anytime soon. Don't let the 21-point margin of victory fool you, however - Princeton played tough all game, and stymied the Cornell offense for much of the first half of play.