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.
After a serious week of practice, Brown made amends for the previous week’s loss, defeating Bentley College 39-19. Bentley, generally a good side, had not been outside this season and the rust was obvious in Bentley’s scrums, lineouts and backline moves which need work, and where Brown was superior. However, Bentley exposed Brown’s inconsistent ruck support with good poaching, and Brown’s shoddy tackling with 19 points. However, on a picture perfect 75 degree day, the match was able to be played at Marvel Field on real grass (with posts) and excellent field conditions.
Dartmouth Rugby began its official spring tour Wednesday with a morning practice hosted by the Little Rock Rugby Club in Little Rock, Arkansas, with lunch provided by LRRC member and former Dartmouth Rugby captain Brad Hogate ‘05. The session was the first of the tour after a winter term of indoor trainings that witnessed a majority of last fall's Big Green starting XV off campus either studying abroad or completing internships.
On Saturday, March 20, a day that 10th-year head coach Rich Lopacki said “[would] go down as one of the great days in Princeton Rugby history,” the men’s rugby team defeated the Barbados national team 32-15 to finish its spring break tour at 3-0.
Brown departs for its Spring Break trip to Bermuda where Brown Rugby, for its 50th Anniversary, will visit the destination of first tour in 1965. Brown has taken three additional tours to Bermuda in 1992, 2002 and 2007.