Dartmouth Rugby Splits Opener

September 18, 2011

Dispatched from the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club wire service:

On a beautiful Labor Day weekend in Hanover, Dartmouth kicked off their fall season with a pair of tough tests against top Canadian sides Queen’s University and McGill University as part of the Dartmouth Rugby Classic, presented by Rockwood and Royall Rugby.

Although The Big Green had a tough opening game against Queen’s, losing 36-0, they bounced back nicely to defeat McGill 32-15 to get a split on the weekend. Overall, both games were good experiences that helped a 1st XV looking to break in several new starters, according to Captain and No. 8 Paul Jarvis, Darmouth Class of 2012. “I was very excited to see the team progress over the weekend,” he said. “We still have a ways to go in terms of technique in contact and winning set piece ball, but the team really showed glimpses of greatness this weekend.”

Dartmouth was back on their heel right away in their first game against Queen’s, as the opening kick off didn’t go ten meters, giving the Golden Gaels a scrum at midfield. From there, they quickly moved the ball down the field, taking it to the five-meter line in only a few phases. It was then that Jarvis got hit in the head by an opponent’s knee while going for a tackle, suffering a mild concussion.

As he lay on the field still reeling from the injury, Queen’s quickly moved the ball wide to get their first try. As the guests made the subsequent conversion, Jarvis was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was unable to return to the game. “It was immensely disappointing to get hurt so early in the season,” he said afterwards. “Fortunately it’s only the preseason, so I should be back within a few weeks at worst. In the mean time, I’ll contribute to the team in other ways and work on my recovery.”

With their captain sidelined and down a try only two minutes into the game, things somehow only got worse for The Big Green. A few minutes later, they would have a kick deep in their own territory blocked, leading to a mad scramble in the try zone for the ball. While fullback Madison Hughes, Dartmouth Class of 2015, was able to hold up a Queen’s player to prevent the try, the Golden Gaels would not be denied that easily as they deftly moved the ball wide from the subsequent scrum to get their second try and go up 12-0. They would add another only two minutes later as they once again went wide, this time from a lineout to increase the lead to 17-0. Ultimately, Dartmouth would not be able to recover from their slow start. “The first ten minutes against Queen’s evidenced our relative inexperience with one another on defense, as we conceded three fairly routine tries at the very start of the game,” said co-captain and flyhalf Bill Lehmann, Dartmouth Class of 2012. “From that deficit, it was always going to be difficult to catch up.” While the match became a much more even contest as it went on, any hopes of a Dartmouth comeback would be dashed right before halftime, when a Queen’s player caught the ball off the goalpost after a missed penalty kick and then proceeded to run it through the hands for another try to make the score 24-0. The Golden Gaels would add two more tires in the second half to bring the final score to 36-0.

The Big Green would have a much better opening, and much better go of it overall, in their next game against McGill. Where they had been stifled by the Queen’s defense the day before, Dartmouth was able to move the ball well against the Redmen. Dartmouth was especially effective when they were able to get it with pace to their speedy back three, who in turn created several line breaks. The team was able to open the scoring this way, as center Owen Scannell, Dartmouth Class of 2013 was able to hit Hughes, who took it from around the 22-meter line into the try zone to give The Big Green a 5-0 lead.

Hughes would strike again about ten minutes later, once again burning the McGill defenders on the edge to increase the advantage to 10-0. He would finish off the hat trick five minutes later, and would add on the conversion for good measure to make it 17-0. All in all, Hughes was far and away the best player of the day, tallying 22 of the team’s points (three tries, two conversions, one penalty). “It felt great,” Hughes said when asked about his performance after the game. “After yesterday’s loss, it was important for the team to turn around and perform better today. I was really happy to be able to help do that and we got the result we wanted. Hopefully we can build on this and get a winning streak together.”

While McGill was able to respond only a few minutes later with a converted penalty to make the score 17-3, the outcome of the game once would again be put out of question right before halftime. Except this time, it was the Big Green who put the game away, as prop Lawrence Anfo-Whyte, Dartmouth Class of 2013, burst through the McGill defense on a set strike move from a lineout and took it the distance to bring the lead to 24-3. That lead would prove too big to come back from for the Redmen. Although they would score two tries in the second half, good defense from Dartmouth, along with a Hughes penalty and a try by wing Kevin Clark, Dartmouth Class of 2014, would be enough to let The Big Green hold on for the 32-15 win.

Dartmouth will next be in action Saturday, Sept. 10th as they host the Granite State Cup in Hanover. The one-day tournament will see the Big Green’s 1st and 2nd XV sides taking on college teams from all over New Hampshire and Vermont. The action will kick off at 9 am at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, located at 9 Reservoir Road in Hanover, 1.8 miles north of the Hanover Inn, off of Lyme Road.

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Dartmouth Rugby: National Champions

June 6, 2011

Apologies re. the paucity of new content lately; bar examination season is at hand, the test itself it nigh, and your editorial staff’s free time is at a premium (and much put upon). Still, it’s worth noting that the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club recently bested the United States Military Academy in the final round of the national collegiate rugby tournament, televised nationally, thereby securing well-deserved recognition as the best collegiate rugby club in America. The final score was a convincing 32-10. Details available via The Dartmouth Review, whose writers enjoy more leisure than ours.


Dartmouth Rugby Opens Season Strong

March 29, 2011

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club opened its Spring season this past weekend with a 15-5 victory over an agile, strong University of Delaware side in Newark, Del., on that school’s Frazier Field.

The match was also the DRFC’s first as part of the newly-formed College Premier Division, a goup of rugby-playing colleges and universities to which Dartmouth was recently added. The Division is comprised of the 31 best collegiate rugby teams in the country, which are sub-divided by regional conference. The formation is new to American collegiate athletics, which had not previously recognized top-flight programs with their own division.

The DRFC next plays the Pennsylvania State University, and then travels to Barbados for its annual Spring Tour.


DRFC Leads Ivy Scoreboard

November 15, 2010

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club lead the Ivy League in Rugby Magazine‘s annual compilation of top-scoring collegiate ruggers; seven DRFC players made the top scorer’s list, and the team lead the League in overall scoring and points.

Ed Hagerty, who edits the magazine, divided the top scorers into two categories: top try scorers and top point scorers, the latter recognizing points scored by kickers. This season, Dartmouth ruggers scored a total of 436 points against opponents, while allowing only 30 points scored against themselves. 


Dartmouth Rugby Round-Up

October 4, 2010

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club downed the University of Pennsylvania last weekend, at Penn, by a final tally of 78-7. The match was the first of the Ivy season for the DRFC, which also notched a 38-7 victory in a B-side match played later that day.

The next day saw Dartmouth in Princeton, New Jersey, rolling over the Tigers 52-3 amidst strong play by back Will Lehmann ’12 and DRFC co-captain Tommy Brothers ’11.

This past Saturday, Dartmouth took the pitch in New Haven, set to play the Bulldogs at Yale. Match reports aren’t yet in but Yale came into the came with a 2-0 record, similar to Dartmouth’s, after downing Ivy rivals Columbia and Cornell. Details forthcoming.  


Rugby: Dartmouth Hosts Granite Cup

September 15, 2010

Fall rugby season got underway at Dartmouth College this past weekend as teams from the University of New Hampshire, the University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College, Franklin Pierce, Keene State, and Plymouth State converged in Hanover. British cologne maker Royall Lyme sponsored the tournament, and also sponsors the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club.

Ted Kennedy at the Dartmouth-Harvard match, 1964.

Despite injuries and pre-season commitments, the DRFC fielded three full sides, each of which performed strongly. The Green side took the pitch at 10 am and quickly notched 12 unanswered tries against UNH, a fair number of which were carried in by co-captain Paul Jarvis ’12.  By the final whistle, Dartmouth was up 76-0 on the newly unveiled scoreboard. The scoreboard is dedicated to the 1959 DRFC’s tour of California and will be officially dedicated at the club’s 60th anniversary in October.

A less experienced DRFC side took the pitch next to put St. Michael’s away, 53-0.

After play, the club was generally optimistic about its performance. “There were definitely positives to take away from all of the games,” said Jarvis. “A lot of guys were able to get playing time, often working in new positions or new combinations, and the boys responded well …there is a lot of room to improve, but it was a very promising day for the team and built on the good foundation this team had established the week earlier [during tour] in Canada.”

Official season Ivy League play begins September 25th and 26th, against the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton, respectively.


Rugby: Dartmouth 20, Toulouse 17

April 17, 2010

Dartmouth defeated European visitor Universite de Toulouse in a close (20-17) match this week, the DRFC’s third in five days. Despite the language barrier (a Frenchman refereed), the Dartmouth side ended the first half with 20 unanswered points.

Toulouse fought back hard in the second half, notching 17 points of its own before the final whistle. Dartmouth Co-Captain Paul Jarvis commented that his team needs “to continue to improve on our set pieces and our breakdown skills. Toulouse was able to impose their style of play on us in the second half, but overall the match was a great test for a very young team, and highlighted areas for improvement and skills that need to continue to be developed.”

For his part, the French coach was very complimentary of the American side, albeit in French, calling the DRFC “athletic, and very tough.”

Dartmouth has two more scheduled matches this Spring, both against Boston-area men’s clubs: historic rivals Mystic River, and the Boston Irish Wolfhounds.