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.
The Brown women finished the year ranked #3 in Division 1 and 6 Brown players were named to the US All American squad.
US All American Squad First Team Andi Payne ‘10, loosehead prop Second Team Adria Orr ‘09 at flanker Annalisa Wilde ‘11 at lock Alex Hartley ‘10 at center Ploi Flynn ‘09 at wing In addition flanker and team captain Nina Safane was recently named to the US All American team that is assembling in Little Rock next week.
A long and inspiring season came to an end yesterday as Stanford pulled away with 10 minutes left to beat Brown in the national semi-final. The match was played in Steuber Stadium in front of a large and loud BROWN crowd! Alums from the bay area and families of players filled the Brown side and cheered themselves hoarse over he course of a very exciting match.
Led by wing Chris Downer’s three tries, Dartmouth College won the 2009 Ivy League Rugby Championship with a 62-13 win over Harvard in the final. Although the Harvard match was a blowout, it was the closest any team came, as Dartmouth outscored its three opponents by the combined tally of 275-13.
Another awesome day for rugby at Columbia!
Dartmouth is the 2009 Ivy League Champion!
Championship Dartmouth 62 - Harvard 13
Third Place Match Princeton 32, Yale 12.
Fifth Place Match Penn 31 - Columbia 5
eventh Place Match Brown 59 - Cornell 5