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.
In 1876, when Captain Eugene V. Baker called for candidates for the Yale rugby team, freshman Walter Camp was right there. Within a day or so, young Camp won the a regular halfback position. He was exceptionally fast and extraordinarily strong, but, more important for a rugby player, he was a terrific kicker, excelling at both punting and dropkicking.
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.
Another great day of rugby here in Ithaca. Both teams played an exciting and entertaining game. This was a game seniors on each team will remember for years. Neither side was willing to leave the field empty handed.
For the fourth straight year the Harvard Rugby Club won the Eastern Rugby League championship when they defeated a surprisingly strong Boston club Saturday, 14 to 0, while Princeton, the Crimson's closest rival for the crown, was being beaten by Yale.
Crimson rugby players will embark on April 1 for a week's stay in Bermuda where they will play Yale, Princeton, and Cornell during the annual rugby week held there.
Kurt Vonnegut Cornell '44 was also known to write about sports when he was a member of The Sun news board. At least when the spirit moved him. In 1941, the Cornell rugby team was having a particularly tough time of it, and Vonnegut pointed out the problem in this column from May 1, 1941.