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 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.
Brown and Yale, having sustained injuries to key players, faced off on Saturday in a must win match for both programs. Brown’s victory on the day was not pretty, but the Bears dug deep on defense to hold the determined Yale offense to one second half try after Yale’s intercepted pass in the first two minutes of the match.
In arguably the most exciting match of the Ivy Rugby Conference season, the Penn Men's Rugby Club was able to pull out a thriller at home over Columbia. The action went back and forth all day - every time Columbia scored, Penn was able to respond quickly with a score of their own. This back and forth led the score to be 22-21 going into the final minutes of play. It was looking as though that might be the final score when was able to break the Columbia defense near the end of regulation for a try to put them up 26-22. The win was huge for Penn.
The Columbia Women's Rugby Team visited Yale this past Sunday in a battle of teams looking for their first wins of the season. Both Yale and Columbia had a tough start to their seasons - Yale has lost their first two games by a combined score of 151-22, while Columbia has lost their first two games by a combined score of 195-0. Needless to say, both teams were looking forward to this match as an opportunity to get their seasons back on track and build confidence going into the rest of the Fall 2013 season.
Columbia Women defeated Yale Women 33-15.
The Cornell Women's Rugby Club played host to Columbia this past weekend on a beautiful Saturday morning in Ithaca. In a game that featured an offensive explosion by the Big Red, Cornell took an early lead and didn't look back, keeping their foot on the gas pedal for the length of the match to finish with a 90-0 victory.
Harvard Women’s Varsity Rugby entered the first week of Ivy Rugby Conference Tier I play with a mixed record and a few question marks. An easy win against Yale in last week’s cross-tier Ivy match-ups boosted confidence, but the previous week’s tough pre-season loss to varsity rival Quinnipiac and a disappointing loss to Ivy rival Dartmouth in the Ivy Rugby Playoffs last April loomed in recent memory.