With the recent advent of collegiate rugby’s fall season, campus pitches across the country are once again alive with rucks, mauls, and scrums. One of the more lively is Sachem Field in Hanover, New Hampshire, home pitch to defending Ivy League title-holders the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club.
Fresh off a first-place finish in New England’s pre-season Granite Cup, an invitational tournament of squads from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canada, Dartmouth opened its regular season this weekend with two matches against Columbia University, at Columbia. It won both by considerable margins, notching an 80-0 shutout in the second.
“We moved the ball well and had good things come of that… It was a good weekend for us,” noted Dartmouth co-captain Sam Edandison ’10, “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.”
The DRFC is set to play its first home match against Yale University Saturday, September 26. This weekend’s wins make Dartmouth 2-0 in regular season play, outscoring opponents by a total of 171-3.
Dartmouth has won eight of the last 11 Ivy League championships and has won 13 New England championships and appeared in 12 national championships. It is the oldest continuously-touring collegiate rugby program in America.