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 wins 22 to 17 against Cornell. Team spirit and camaraderie are high in this group with some in contention for first XV play, but all playing well together.
The Cornell team was led by team captain Deena Scoville ‘20 and Kayla deLuze ‘21. Both teams fought exceptionally well and capitalized on each other’s mistakes to score tries all over the field.
In a preseason matchup, Yale Men traveled to NYC to take on Columbia University. Columbia came out ahead by a score of 10-0.
Columbia came into the Bear’s lair with high hopes but on a very warm, sunny and dry day Brown dashed any chance the Lion’s might have had. This writer has seen a marked improvement in teamwork and support which came together in the second half today. The starting XV had but 4 seniors and behind this team is bench that provides able support.