The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club continued its winning ways this past Saturday with a decisive win over Yale University at home and in ideal conditions: hours of rain swamped the pitch and half-drowned players, who gamely fought on for two full, muddy, miserable periods. The Dartmouth victory garnered that club yet another Ivy League title, its tenth in 13 years, and a bid to the Northeast Rugby Football Union playoffs.
Dartmouth All-American Paul Jarvis ’12 credited coaching for the team’s tremendous season: “Much of the credit for our success this season goes to our coach Alex Magleby ’00, who has instilled a winning culture in the team and continues to help us develop.” Though difficult for kickers and passing backs, wet conditions proved ideal for Dartmouth’s big forwards. From the official match report:
“‘In adverse weather conditions our forwards were able to dominate,’ said Dartmouth co-captain Mike DiBenedetto. Dartmouth was able to push the Yale scrum around at will and beat the Yale forwards to the contact point, turning over the ball a number of times.”
And Yale, for its part, managed to lose by a score of only 52 – 6, a sight better than its previous 62 – 8 loss to Dartmouth. Yale was able to avoid being shut out by hitting two penalty kicks in the early part of the match.
The DRFC hopes to build on its successful season with similar showings in the Northeast championships, where it will appear as the #1 Ivy seed and #2 seed overall, and compete for a Nationals bid.