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 victory against Penn, Harvard made the trip to Princeton for the second game of the 2009 Fall Season. The starting XV looked rested and recovered after their match the day before, and the HRFC hoped to repeat their dominating performance.
Writeup from Harvard Rugby Football Club The match opened with some strong play from the Crimson forwards, and HRFC President Charlie Boutwell ‘10 started off with a quick try. Boutwell was named Man of the Match Saturday and closed the weekend with strong play all around.
Brown hosted Yale and made quick work of the Bulldogs scoring two trys in the first 8 minutes on route to a 62 point win. The match was the home opener and first league match of the season.
On day two of week 1 of the Ivy League Rugby Championship Series 2009, Brown traveled from Saturday night's match against Columbia at Baker Field to Ithaca, NY to face the Big Red of Cornell on their home pitch on Pine Tree Road.