In an unsurprising match this morning, the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club trounced Yale University in Dartmouth’s home opener at Brophy Field in Hanover, New Hampshire by a score of 62 to 8.
Dartmouth won its lead early on, then held its opponent at bay; a penalty kick dashed the DRFC’s hopes for a shutout, but hardly, as evidenced, upset any odds of a crushing victory. Yale men’s coach Jan Pikul noted, “If we played the first 25 minutes of the game like we played the last 25 minutes, we would have been in it. We shut [Dartmouth] out in the last 25 minutes… [but] we were slow to adjust to pressure. We gave up too many points off of turnovers.”
Unfortunately for Mr. Pikul and Yale, “shutting Dartmouth out in the last 25 minutes” proved too little, too late… especially given a 62 point deficit. Yale captain Pat Madden ’10 offered a more realistic take on the day: “Dartmouth came out strong, and we weren’t ready to play.”
Dartmouth will play Harvard University next week at home, coming into the match with a record of 3 – 0 and having outscored opponents by a total of 233-11.