January 18, 2011
The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club ended its 2010-2011 Fall season with a 31-0 trouncing of Harvard of a brisk New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. That win marked the end of regular-season Ivy League play, and the fourth time in as many years Dartmouth has captured the Ivy League title. Said co-captain Tommy Brothers: “Four Ivy League championships in four years is something very, very special, and I think it’s a great testament to the work that we’ve put in and the winning culture we’ve been able to establish since 2007.”
The match was also the end to another undefeated season for the DRFC, and the 11th time the team has taken Ivy gold in the past 14 years. While it will continue participation in Ivy contests next season, Dartmouth will also join the competitive D-1 National Premier League group of rugby-playing colleges and universities. Its first match in that league will be against Delaware on March 5th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 2010
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.”
March 25, 2010
The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club kicked off its traditional Spring touring season this week in Austin, Texas where the men in green outplayed a very physical men’s club, the Austin Blacks, to notch a 31-17 victory. Such a tight game was new territory for the DRFC, which had outscored regular season opponents by an average of over 20 points per game and ended this past season as undefeated Ivy League champions.
“We were able to pull it out due to our ability and speed with the ball,” said DRFC captain Mike DiBenedetto ’10, of the Texas victory. “It was nice to see the team hold off the Austin surge and score a couple of late-game tries.” Dartmouth’s victory was the first time the Blacks had lost to a collegiate side in 20 years.
The Dartmouth first XV will take on the University of Texas next on Friday, March 26th at 7:00 pm with a 2nd XV match to follow at 8:30.
The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club, left.