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.
Nine colleges at the core of the famous Atlantic Coast Conference will form a rugby analog beginning with the 2011 season, more evidence of realignment with the sports education model.
My Alma Mata, Cornell University, recently hired a new head football coach. Keeping up as well as I can with the happenings of my old school, I clicked through an email to read about what we were getting. Something struck a cord in Kent Austin's quote.
He said, "We're not in this to be competitive. We're in this to be champions." Now that is a statement. That's what I want from my players, my team, my head coach. I'm now looking forward to the football season this fall.
Ivy Rugby has learned that NBC has agreed to broadcast the first Rugby 7s collegiate championship to be held in June 2010. The June 5-6 tournament will be, what NBC believes, the first time college rugby have appeared on broadcast TV. Three Ivy teams join the list of 16 participants.
What a difference a day makes (or in this case a week). As February gave way to March, 30 degree weather gave way to 50 + degree temperatures for this week’s match. The University of Rhode Island “Rams” made their way to Brown for what has historically been a physical contest between these two in-state rivals. This contest was no exception as URI rolled in with a side that, player for player, was larger then the Bears. However, there is more to the game of rugby than just size as Brown won the contest 35-20.