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.
Brown successfully launched its spring (winter) 2010 season with a 25-15 victory against the local Providence Men’s Rugby Team While it was only February, conditions allowed the players from both sides to get out and get a run, despite the 35 degree, snowy weather and no goal posts. It’s tough to put posts up on field turf.
Providence, Rhode Island Prior to the match, Brown hosted a referees clinic run by the New England Referees Society. About 16 men and women from around New England attended the all day course to develop their skills as future referees.
Brown Rugby kicks off its 50th year with a tour to Bermuda from Friday, March 26 to Saturday, April 3. Why Bermuda for our 50th you might ask?
Well, Brown Rugby took its first tour ever in 1965 to Bermuda. For those who went on that tour, you will recall that Brown won all four of its matches and according to the Bermudians, was the first collegiate team to go undefeated against Bermuda teams. We’ll have to search the archives to provide confirmation of this achievement. There have been several subsequent tours, the most recent of which was in 2007.
The Dartmouth Rugby team had its 2009‐2010 season ended Saturday at the hands of the Syracuse University Hammerheads in the Northeast semi‐finals. The 5‐6 loss in the rain at West Point, NY, the first of the year for the Dartmouth side, cost the Big Green a spot in the national round of sixteen next spring.