Dartmouth Dominates Day 1 Scoring 213 Points to nil
The scores are all in ... Dartmouth won bigger - twice - today than most likely anyone has ever won big in one day. Harvard outplayed home team Yale to have the opportunity to line up against Dartmouth in the Ivy Championships tomorrow.
1st Round Matches Harvard 31 Columbia 22 Dartmouth 112 Cornell 0 Princeton 25 Penn 20 Yale 18 Brown 8
Second Round Matches Columbia 17 Brown 13 Dartmouth 101 Princeton 0 Harvard 31 Yale 17 Penn 39 Cornell 0
Day 1 of the Ivy League Rugby Championships was all Dartmouth. Dartmouth played all 36 of their players on their roster compiling an unprecedented 213 points to nil.
Dartmouth opened by crushing Cornell 112-0, then annihilating Princeton by a just as impressive 101-0 score. In Princeton's defense, it took three(3) overtimes to finally outlast Penn 25-20 in what was the match of the day. The two Eastern Pennsylvania rivals duked it out before Princeton was able to dot one down in the third sudden-death period. Penn went on to defeat Cornell 39-nil.
On the other side of the bracket, Brown Coach, Jay Fluck reports that the Brown Men's Rugby squad lost both rugby matches in what he calls, "poor performances," against Yale: 18-8 and to Columbia 17-13 in the second round. Brown will be competing for 7th place on Sunday against Cornell. The match will kick off another full day of rugby for the Ivies at Columbia's Baker's Field Athletic Complex culminating at 10:00 A.M.
After Yale, coached by Jan Pikul, defeated Brown University, the Bulldogs lined up against rival Harvard. The Crimson of Harvard won a tough first round match against a scrappy Columbia side. Columbia, coached by Old Blue's Sean Horan, has improved each season under Horan's tutelage and will be a force to reckon with in the Ivy League seasons to come. Harvard, as it turned out, was too much for Yale pounding out a 31-17 victory.
Columbia will play the University of Pennsylvania beginning at 11:15am. The match is for fifth place. At 12:30, Yale will line up against Princeton in the 3rd Place match. Dartmouth will play Harvard at 1:45pm for the Championship.
Jan Pikul, Coach Yale "The level of play has improved throughout the Ivy League. Today's tournament was a great step as we look forward to the new Ivy League in the fall."
Jay Fluck "The weather cooperated for the first time in many years and it was a well run tournament. Our results were frustrating, but it was a great day."
John Broker, Yale Coach "It was a great day of rugby as the teams have really begun to get serious in anticipation of the fall. Tomorrow's finals at Columbia is going to be a great day of Ivy match-ups."
Round 3 Matches 10:00am - 7th Place Match - Cornell vs Brown 11:15am - 5th Place Match - Penn vs Columbia 12:30pm - 3rd Place Match - Yale vs Princeton
The 2009 Ivy Tournament Championship Match 1:45pm - Championship Match - Harvard vs Dartmouth