Dartmouth College Brophy Field, Hanover, NH. Brown defeated Dartmouth 15-13 in a tense and hard fought battle for Ivy League supremacy in this fall 2021 League season, overcoming 25 years, yes a quarter century, without a Brown 15’s victory against the Big Green. Both teams entered this final Ivy Conference match having defeated all of their Ivy opponents. Outside the Ivy League, Dartmouth had defeated West Point 21-10 and Brown had lost to West Point 17-14. If history and this season was any indication, this match would be a high scoring affair with Dartmouth likely to win again.
With great sadness, we announce the death of rugby legend Kathy Flores.
Kathleen "Kathy" Theresa Flores (1955-2021) was a rugby player and coach, winning multiple national championships over her 45-year career. She was a strong champion of the women's rugby community and her contributions to the sport of rugby were extensive. Over her career, she won multiple national college and club championships, numerous awards, and is considered a pioneer and ground breaker in women's rugby.
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.
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.
Brown scored early and often in the first half to take a commanding lead after 40 minutes against a physically hard but somewhat vulnerable Harvard team. As opposed to Dartmouth the previous week, Brown was able to find space through the Harvard defense sending four Bears over the line for tries, with the dependable Jon Kim adding two conversions and a penalty kick. Brown opened the match with a penalty kick and then conceded a try to Harvard.
Penn began the match with only 14 players, going down to 13 midway through the first half. Halftime score was Penn 22, Columbia 29. Penn lost two more players to injury, and finished the match with only 11 on the field. It was a courageous effort from Penn, but there was too much ground to cover. The final score was Columbia 51, Penn 27.
Columbia’s flyhalf and inside center proved to be a dangerous duo that were difficult to contain.
In spite of a rainy week the Brown Rugby field was surprisingly dry and the conditions facilitated a Brown romp over the Yale Bulldogs. Six tries in each half provided symmetry and a 76 to nil shutout. Given Brown’s dominance, a number of players were able to get first 15 playing time, demonstrating squad depth which is always crucial as the season wears on. Yale may be Brown’s toughest opponent to date but the Bears have improved their execution on offense and defense week by week.