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.
This past Saturday the Dartmouth Big Green kicked off against the Harvard Crimson in the Ivy League semi-final match. From the first whistle, the boys came out firing and after a sequence of strong defense stands, forced a kicked from Harvard, which was successfully converted into a try by fullback Andrew Badenhausen ’19 who smashed through Harvard defenders off of an offload from co-captain Patrick Sheehy ’20.
No team has won more 'recorded' Ivy Championships than Dartmouth. Dartmouth won big today. Recorded, is the key word here. We know that rugby has been alive and well in the Ivy League since the 1870's. We know the first recorded 1873 'football game' between Harvard and Yale was, in fact, a rugby game. Come on!
The Brown women head back to the final four May 1-2 at Stanford. They open Friday May 1 at 1:00 v Stanford. The match will be webcast on USA rugby site.
Both Brown and Dartmouth made it to the round of 16 this year. Brown moved on after beating UNC (South 1) and UVA (MARFU 4) to win their bracket and move on. Dartmouth drew Penn State in round one, then lost to UNI in the consolation round but played their hearts out.
The Yale Rugby site, sponsored by features recent news on the home page and an image of their rugby crest. Sections include Roster, Match Videos and even Community Service.
The Yale site current and features information on the Men's Team including About Us, Directions, News, Schedule and Results, a Photo Gallery, Match Videos, Roster, an Alumni Page (Friends of Yale Rugby), a section for Donations, Links and a nice archive of previous newsletters and game summaries. I love the Community Service page.
In the 2009 inaugural Ivy League Rugby Conference season Dartmouth College won out defeating all of the seven other Ivy League teams. Harvard finished the season in second place with a six-and-one record losing only to Dartmouth.