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.
"It was the finest team defensive effort of the year. We knew we would have to play like that to win, and we did." That was how Harvard rugby co-captain Phil Ordway evaluated his team's performance in a 3-0 win over previously-undefeated Brown here last weekend to clinch at least a tie for the Ivy League championship.
The battle of the undefeateds will determine the Ivy League rugby championship here Saturday as the Harvard A team puts its unmarred 6-0 record on the line against an impressive Brown fifteen with a 7-0 season mark.
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.