Lions Laid Low by Big Green
Dartmouth found the shutout it was looking for this weekend, blanking a physical Columbia side in the second match of the inaugural Ivy League season. Sophomores Will Lehmann and Paul Jarvis put in four tries a piece to help the Big Green to an 80‐0 win over the hosting Lions.
Dartmouth Get Shutout in Second Match of Opening Weekend 80‐0
“I was impressed with the way the boys played,” remarked Dartmouth captain Matt Dinger ’10,“This [weekend] was definitely a step forward from where we were last weekend.” “Dartmouth ran and executed well… they played a non‐error game and certainly deserved the win that they got,” said Columbia coach Sean Horan.
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“Columbia had too many errors today, [we] missed tackles and had too many turnovers. We kept ourselves at arm’s length the whole game.” Columbia is in the midst of building its program, explained Horan. “We don’t have [unreasonably] high expectations… We’ll do our best; that’s all we can hope to do.”
Dartmouth took advantage of a number of Columbia miscues, most notably when Dartmouth Junior Chris Downer picked off an ill‐advised Lions pass and returned it for a 60 meter try to end the first half. “We moved the ball well and had good things come of that… It was a good weekend for us,” said Dartmouth co‐captain Sam Edandison ’10 explained, “Columbia had a big and physical side. We didn’t match their physicality to the extent that we could and that is something we will work on.” Columbia captain Paul Wallace pointed out that Columbia’s job is to stay positive, especially coming off a tough five point loss to Brown on Saturday. He explained that Columbia has some players coming back from injuries and that the teams hopes, “to be able to win some games by the end of October.” “Despite losing some top players, new guys have definitely stepped up to take their place,” said Wallace of the visiting Dartmouth side. “Their win today was a 15‐man effort. Dartmouth is the team to beat.” The Big Green return to Hanover this week to prepare for their home opener against Yale. “We had two quality wins this weekend, but we have a really challenging match with Yale next weekend,” remarked Dartmouth co‐captain Mike Dibenedetto ’10, “I think we are ahead, in some respects, of where we were last year, but we have a long way to go. We can build on these two wins.
”The Big Green will host the visiting Bulldogs at 12:00pm on Saturday, September 26th at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse. Dartmouth is 2‐0 in the regular season and has outscored their opponents a combined 171‐3.
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Columbia, knowing Dartmouth as one of the top teams in the nation brought a big crowd of fans out to support the club. Dartmouth, on this day was too much for the boys of Blue and Black.