Dartmouth Men Win the 2023 Ivy 7s

players and fans celebrate at Brophy

Dartmouth players and fans celebrate at Brophy Field.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

On the morning of Saturday, April 22nd, the 2023 Ivy 7s Tournament kicked off hosted on Brophy Field on the campus of Dartmouth College. The tournament attracted a large crowd of student supporters, many of whom stayed all day long to enjoy the rugby festivities. Students were cheering, dogs were barking, and grills were sizzling throughout the tournament. It was a crisp, cloudy day, with temperatures in the high 40s as the Big Green took the field to compete. In the tournament, Dartmouth would have 3 games scheduled in pool play before being seeded in the elimination round. The energy was intense as Dartmouth aimed to take back the Ivy 7s trophy on our home field.

While every tournament game is important, all eyes were focused on Brown, who defeated Dartmouth in a closely contested match last year in the 2022 Ivy 7s championship. Dartmouth and Brown also faced off twice this fall, making the two teams very familiar with each other headed into the tournament. Though all signs pointed to a rematch in the championship, the Big Green would first have to turn their attention toward their opponents in pool play.

The Men in Green opened pool play against Yale. After a slow start by Dartmouth, Yale put up a try to make the score 7-0 in the first half. Shortly afterward the Big Green pulled themselves together and finished strong with a 24-7 victory. 

Next up, Dartmouth played Cornell. The outcome of this game was never in doubt, as Big Green would score early and often. Final score 36-0 Dartmouth.

To close pool play, Dartmouth had a match against Columbia. Columbia put up a strong showing with a very physical playing style and tough mentality. However, Dartmouth would overcome Columbia 28-12 to earn the top seed in the pool. The four teams competing for the Ivy 7s trophy were Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard, and Yale. The semi-finals were set with Dartmouth facing Harvard and Brown facing Yale. Tensions rose on Brophy as the teams inched closer to an Ivy 7s title.

Dartmouth fired out quickly in the semi-final against Harvard. The Big Green were locked in, and the team was running like a well-oiled machine. The Crimson were no match for the Big Green performing at their peak, and the final score was 54-0. Dartmouth advanced to the championship, where they would see Brown in a repeat of the 2022 Ivy 7s championship.

The eagerness was palpable before the match as Dartmouth and Brown stared each other down on Brophy with Brown looking to defend their title and Dartmouth looking to recapture a championship on home ground. The wind picked up mightily before the game, with gusts reaching almost 20 mph. Kicks wavered in the air, making it difficult to judge where the ball would come down. It was a physical game from the onset. Tackles could be heard from the top of the hill on Brophy. As the game progressed, possession traded back and forth, though Dartmouth progressively inched closer to the try zone. After what felt like forever, near the 5m line, Danny Locascio ’24 dished it out to Luke Wilson ‘25, who ran it in for the first try of the game. Matty ‘Ice’ Anticev drilled the conversion to put Dartmouth up 7-0. Early in the second half, Brown evened the score with a try of their own to make it 7-7 headed into the final minutes of the match.

Brown seemed to have momentum, and to make matters worse, the Big Green were hit with an unfortunate yellow card in the 10th minute. Dartmouth managed to survive the penalty unscathed, but Brown was still keeping up a fast pace. Moving into the 13th minute, Brown began to make a push. They drove the ball deep into Dartmouth’s own end. The Big Green gained possession at a critical moment. Amid loud cheers from the student section, Dartmouth knew they needed to make something happen fast. Deep in our own end, with things looking bleak for the Big Green, who could we rely on but our Captain, Jaime Chuidian ’23 to create some magic. Jaime caught the ball and danced around not one, not two, but three Brown defenders to break the line. The crowd erupted in cheers as Jaime dashed to midfield with a fourth Brown defender closely on his tail. As the defender made contact with Jaime, Jaime made an incredible offload to Luke Wilson on his left. Luke caught the ball in full stride and showed off his blazing speed as he raced to the try line. As Luke crossed into the try zone, the clock ticked to 14 minutes, and Luke stamped the ball down to seal Dartmouth’s fate as the 2023 Ivy 7s champions. Jaime followed through with the conversion to make the final score 14-7, Dartmouth.

Everyone in attendance was overcome with excitement as the trophy came home on Brophy. It felt like a storybook ending for the Big Green to reclaim the Ivy 7s title on home ground. What a way for the seniors end their last game on Brophy and cement their legacy in the DRFC.

Nothing would be complete without a special shoutout to Dartmouth Women’s Rugby, who finished the day on Brophy with an Ivy 7s championship of their own. With two Ivy 7s trophies, it was a day to rejoice for all of Dartmouth Rugby.