In one of its closest matches in recent memory, The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club bested the University of Delaware by a score of 25 – 19, affording Dartmouth’s new regime the chance to prove itself against a fast, physical Delaware side.
The match was the first of the Spring season for new officers and starters, having transitioned into leadership slots as this year’s graduating seniors took a back seat. New talent like Will Lehmann ’12, co-captain Paul Jarvis ’12, and Tommy Brothers ’11 took advantage of their time to shine, working in tandem to notch a late-game try and converting the earned kick for points.
“I think we made it too easy for Dartmouth’s defense,” said Delaware coach Bjorn Haglid, making reference to the quick turnover opportunities taken advantage of by Dartmouth during the game. “However, support play is what really defined Dartmouth’s success out there; in many cases, it had our guys looking for the second-phase offload more than the initial tackle, which made them a very difficult side to defend against.”