Brown University 16 @ Columbia University 8

It was back and forth with Brown and Columbia at Columbia's Home Stadium Picth @ Baker's Field on the university campus. Week 1 of the Ivy League Rugby Championship Series 2009 was underway with a hard-fought battle of Ivy Leaguers.

Flyhalf Zahid Jethani helps Brown to victory. Ed Hagerty photo -
Brown First XV v. Columbia Brown came out strong against Columbia providing good pressure which resulted in fly half Zahid Jethani BR'13 scoring on 20 a meter penalty kick at 14 minutes for a 3-0 lead. Brown was unlucky to miss a penalty kick at 29 minutes but Columbia made a kick at 36 minutes to tie the match. Brown responded by going deep into Columbia territory and forcing a Columbia penalty. Jethani took a quick tap and passed to left wing Dow Travers BR'11 for an unconverted try and an 8-3 halftime lead.

In the second half Brown was on the board on the 55th minute as Jethani put center and co-captain Hao Li 10 through a gap for a another unconverted try and a 13-3 lead. Columbia scored within four minutes from a ruck possession to close the Brown margin 13-8. At 26 minutes a Columbia player was sin-binned for 10 minutes and Brown took control of the match, kicking a penalty kick at 38 minutes to end the scoring. Brown played well between the 22's but had trouble maintaining their structure at both the defensive and offensive ends of the field. Missed penalty kicks and two missed try conversions kept Brown s margin of victory closer that it might have been.

Recent rugby alums BrendanWarner BR'09, Joe Elliott BR'08, Dan Levitt BR'08 and Tom Flaherty BR'09 attended the match.

Brown First XV v. Columbia Bob Forrester BR'10 Daniel Levine-Spound 12 replaced by Jay Smith BR'10 at 60 minutes Andrew Alvarez BR'11 Rall Walsh BR'10 John Hermansen BR'11 Chaney Harrison BR'11 Zach Long BR'13 Ben Mossbarger BR'10 Dave Riley BR'10 Zahid Jethani BR'13 Dow Travers BR'11 replaced by Sam Rabb 10 at 60 minutes Hao Li BR'10 Brad Arlington BR'10 Ben Baker BR'10 Rob Powell BR'11 The match was refereed by Patrick Wickman

Brown Second XV v. Columbia Brown got off to a poor start giving up 10 points to Columbia in the first half. Brown was also a man short for 10 minutes due to left wing Cole Erickson 10 relegation to the sin bin. In the second half, fly half Ted Orf 12, attempting a clearing kick, saw it miss touch but land in the hands of Brown wing Erickson, who made up for his first half with a good break,then passing to center James McGinn 12 for a try and Brown s only points of the match. 3:00 P.M. Brown's estimated time of arrival at the Baker Field Complex. 5:00 P.M. Kickoff for the First XV match: Brown A v. Columbia A 6:45 P.M. Kickoff for the Second XV match: Brown B v. Columbia B


Contact: Jay Fluck, Director of Rugby, Brown University
Email: Jay [dot] Fluckatcbre-ne [dot] com