Brown traveled up to Harvard Stadium this weekend to test the waters with their spring 7’s squad. Invited on the day were Northeastern, Boston College, Brown and host Harvard. The round-robin event was held inside the football stadium under their winter bubble.
All sides were encouraged to bring extended squads over the twelve that normally participate in 7’s events. Fifteen players were selected however Brown held out both(Alex Ogilvy ’20 and Austen Royer ’21 because of minor injuries.
Some 144 years ago on November 13, 1875 Harvard defeated Yale four (4) goals to none in what is considered the first rugby game between Ivy League teams. The game was played at Hamilton Field in New Haven, Connecticut. The two teams played with 15 players (rugby) on a side instead of 11 (soccer) as Yale would have preferred.
This past Saturday, the Dartmouth Big Green hosted the Ivy League final against the Brown University Bears. The boys had spent the entire day before shoveling snow off of the field in order to play their last match of the season on Brophy. Despite a strong showing from both sides, the Big Green were able to continue to stretch their collection of consecutive Ivy League titles to 13, which marked another undefeated Ivy XV’s career for the senior class.
Dartmouth women's rugby won its fourth Ivy Championship title on Saturday with its 41-22 victory over Harvard.
Freshman Kristin Bitter led with 16 points from one try, four conversions and a penalty kick, while junior Idia Ihensekhien was right behind with 15 points from a career-high three tries.
From the kickoff both teams left everything on the field.
This game could have gone either way. Each team brought out their best strategy to exploit opportunity, minimizing their mistakes and using opposing team’s mistakes for their own gain. Both teams shared their strength, weaknesses and frustration to complete this game. At the end of the day each team is commended for their strong finish to the season.
Thanks to a last minute scramble, the All Ivy Barbarians took the field against a squad of NERFU selects on Thursday April 15th. The match was the first ever assembly of the All Ivy Barbarians and follows the increased cooperation of all eight Ivy League schools beginning with the formation of the Ivy League Rugby Conference in the fall of 2009.
On Saturday, March 27, the Columbia University Rugby Football Club stepped foot on an American rugby pitch for the first time all year, eager to show off the skills they had honed in France and Italy on their spring tour the week before. The Four Leaf 15s on Randall’s Island proved to be the perfect test for them, with a competitive mix of former Metropolitan New York rivals, new opponents from Pennsylvania, and one all-too-familiar Ivy League foe from New Jersey.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter, Dartmouth had seen its two‐try lead evaporate with the sunset. A man down and tied 17‐17 with little more than ten minutes left, the Big Green found itself in an unfamiliar position. "We haven't won a tight game in a few of our recent opportunities," said co‐captain Mike DiBenedetto '10.