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.
Saturday’s 50‐8 win over Boston College was a bittersweet one for the Dartmouth seniors. Consisting of only four active players and prop Matt Dricoll ’10, who is out for the fall season with a knee injury, what the group has lacked in quantity they have made up for in quality of play and leadership to guide a young Dartmouth side.
Dartmouth and Harvard represented the Ivies today in the quarterfinals of the NRU D1 championships. Dartmouth defeated Boston College 50-8 while Harvard fell to Syracuse 19-36. Dartmouth advances to the semis.
The Northeast Rugby Union College Playoffs began today November 7th with quarterfinal matches in Men's D1 competition. Quarterfinal winners advance to the Championship Round of 4 the weekend of November 14-15.
Four of six Ivy League women's teams qualified for the Northeast playoffs. Penn and Princeton women play in the Mid-Atlantic region. It was a great Ivy showing, Brown advances in D1 with a 34-11 win over UConn and Radcliffe moves on with a 46-5 beating of SUNY Geneseo.
Harvard, after finishing second to Dartmouth in the Ivies, travels to Syracuse NY for the first round of the NRU D1 Collegiate playoffs. The Ivy II seed was given a tough task going on the road in round one of the NRUs.
A last second try versus Brown gave Harvard the second seed with a 25-24 victory in the first-ever playoff to determine the top four seeds in the Ivies. Now Harvard heads upstate to play the Upstate NY champion the Syracuse Hammerheads.