DRFC 43 - 22 Harvard

Dartmouth rugby bested Harvard, 43 - 22 in the Ivy League Championship game, on a cold Hanover afternoon, to claim its 11th consecutive Ivy League title. After exchanging penalties in the first few minutes, Luke Bienstock ’20 who had three tries on the day gave the Big Green an 8 - 3 lead about twenty minutes in. Patrick Sheehy ’20, minutes later, slotted his second of three successful penalties in the game, extending the lead to 11 - 3. The physical battle continued through the end of the first half, with hard running and steadfast defense by co-captain Steve Hinshaw’18 and several crucial turnovers forced by captain Benji Hannam’18. Another try by Struan Coleman’19 sent the Big Green into the locker room at halftime with a 16 - 3 lead.

Harvard would score early on in the second half to cut Dartmouth’s lead to 16 - 8, but Bienstock’s second try which came off of an interception would turn the momentum back around behind the Big Green. Julien Johnson ’18, Bienstock, and Oliver Engelhart '18 all added tries minutes later, surging the Dartmouth lead to 40 - 8. Benny Goodman ’18 came on in the second half to add speed to Dartmouth’s attack and Dartmouth, although conceding a pair of tries in the final minutes of play, held on for it’s eleventh consecutive Ivy League Championship and another season of undefeated Ivy League XVs play.

DRFC Development 72 - 22 Keene State

The DRFC hosted Keene State College on a sunny, fall day in Hanover. Captained by Benny Goodman ’18, Dartmouth dressed a mixture of A side and B side players making for an exciting balance of experience and eagerness. Keene State struck first, kicking for points off of a penalty in the first minutes of the match, but the DRFC rallied back quickly, finishing the half with a 43-3 lead. The strong first-half performance was highlighted by a great offload from Marwan Zelmatt ’19 to Will Shadek ’19 who ran the ball from end-to-end for a try - the 6’5” forward was calling for the oxygen tanks after the play. George Brevnov ’20 also had a very strong first half, scoring two tries and making several key tackles on the wing to prevent sure Keene State scores. Dylan Burke ’19 also led the forward pack to a dominant lineout winning percentage, delivering some big turnovers off of restarts for the Big Green.

Keene State started the second half off strongly, scoring a quick try but the DRFC would fire back, ultimately winning the contest by fifty points, 72-22. Several younger players made a big impact in the second half - Charlton McArdle ’21 led the charge, playing hard on both sides of the ball and powering through tackles to finish the day with two tries. Aidan Sheinberg ’20 came off of the bench at hooker and ran strong lines, dancing through defenders with speed. Bradley Hart ’21 also came off of the bench to start the second half at wing and sped through Keene State's forward line with confidence. Other strong performances from the bench came from Andrew Badenhausen ’21 and Jack Mackle ‘20 who delivered a surge of energy for the Big Green. The DRFC is excited by the potential of the young guys coming up the ranks!

DRFC 41 - 10 Brown

The DRFC traveled down to Providence, Rhode Island for a contest against Brown, emerging with a victory of 41 - 10. Dartmouth came out strong early with Jack Badenhausen ’19 diving into the try zone following a couple of offloads and a strong run by co-captain Oliver Engelhart ’18. Minutes later Mason Koch ’20 would chase down a kick down the sideline and kick the ball an additional time before dotting it down in the try zone. Patrick Sheehy '20 converted on both of the early tries to make the Dartmouth lead 14 - 0.


Later in the first half, Dartmouth would find themselves within  Brown's 22-meter line, and Koch would break through the Brown line for his second try of the day, extending the Dartmouth lead to 19 - 0. Immediately after, Dartmouth once again took advantage of a red zone opportunity moving the ball wide before Engelhart would pick and go straight into the try zone. Dartmouth ended the first half with a 24 - 0 lead.


At the start of the second half, Brown’s fullback made a great individual chip and chase effort to score Brown’s first points of the game, and close Dartmouth’s lead to 24 - 5.  But, Luke Bienstock ’20 would respond with two consecutive tries, both a result of hard, physical running through contact. Toward the final minutes of play, Brown was able to score another try. However, Dartmouth responded when Parker Hall ’20 broke through the Brown line for the last try of the game to make the final score 41 - 10, Dartmouth.

DRFC 6 - 19 Navy

This past weekend the DRFC hosted Navy and previous Dartmouth head coach, Gavin Hickie, made his return to Hanover, in what proved to be a physical and defensive battle on the pitch throughout. The game was broadcast with commentary by The Rugby Channel, as part of being featured as The Rugby Channel’s collegiate match of the week and was Dartmouth’s second and final out of conference match of the fall season.

The first quarter of play was back and forth. Both teams exchanged possession and battled for territory in the middle of the field, as both forward packs played tough and physical. Both sides saw their chances as well until finally, Navy’s fly-half broke through the Dartmouth defensive line on the first phase following a scrum and put Navy up 5 - 0, about 17 minutes into the match. The next several minutes were filled with scoring chances for Dartmouth, who had multiple lineouts and a penalty from Navy’s 5-meter line. However, Navy’s goal line defense was strong, and Dartmouth was unable to punch in the ball. Navy regained possession and kicked the ball downfield when Navy’s wing committed a penalty for a dangerous tackle on Jack Badenhausen’19. Badenhausen, an important force in Dartmouth’s back three, would have to exit as a result, although the Navy player was sent to the sin bin with a yellow card for the hit. Not long after Liam Morris’19 would be sent to the bin for unbinding early from a scrum, and 14 on 14 play ensued. Navy pushed the ball toward Dartmouth’s red zone and scored off a scrum, converting the try for a 12 - 0 lead late in the first half. Dartmouth responded quickly by regaining possession shortly after the restart and gaining a penalty for a Navy player coming into the side of the ruck as well as another not rolling away, in the first phase following a line out. Patrick Sheehy’20 nailed the kick for goal to send both teams into halftime with a score of 12 - 3, Navy.

The second half saw more physical play and great defense by both teams. Navy retained possession for most of the half and scored early on, a few phases after a Navy center intercepted a pass at midfield, bringing the score to 19 - 3. However, the second half saw a few great goal-line stands from Dartmouth with some defensive highlights, including an interception by wing Chris Nkoy’18. Dartmouth also had a great scoring chance, when Struan Coleman’19 broke through the Navy line before he was tackled all the way down at Navy's 5-meter line. Dartmouth was unable to convert on the opportunity, but minutes later a Luke Bienstock line break set up a play the next phase with a great offload from Mason Koch ’20 to Coleman to co-captain Steve Hinshaw’18, who appeared to dot down a Dartmouth try in the corner. However, the referee blew his whistle and indicated that the exchange from Coleman to Henshaw was a forward pass. Not long after, a smart play from co-captain Oliver Engelhart’18, who passed the ball into an offsides Navy player, resulted in another converted Sheehy penalty, making him two for two on the day and cutting the Navy lead to 19 - 6. The final minutes of the contest saw yet another Dartmouth goal line stance with a Gyorgy Brevnov’20 tackle forcing a turnover. The score would remain 19 - 6, Navy, until the blow of the final whistle.

DRFC 61 - 3 Yale

This past weekend marked a special celebration for the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club, as the members of the two championship Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) teams of 2011 and 2012 were honored for their induction to the Wearers of the Green. The weekend’s festivities commenced with the DRFC’s homecoming match against Yale, where Dartmouth emerged victorious, by a score of 61 - 3, extending its Ivy League record to 5 - 0. The crowd cheering on the Dartmouth team facing Yale was complete with DRFC alumni, old and new, who returned to campus for the homecoming celebration, including the members of the victorious 2011 and 2012 CRC teams, who were honored during halftime.
In the opening minutes of the game, a strong Dartmouth maul, inside Yale’s red zone resulted in a successful Patrick Sheehy’20 penalty conversion. After exchanging possession a few times, Dartmouth conceded a penalty in a lineout, just outside its 22-meter line. Yale successfully converted the penalty, tying the game at 3 - 3, but those would turn out to be Yale’s only points of the match. The exchange of penalties continued, shortly after that, as Sheehy netted another penalty, following a Dartmouth scrum, to put the Big Green up 6 - 3. A few moments later, a Dartmouth scrum led to a Sheehy kick across the field to Jack Badenhausen’19, who leaped over a Yale defender to make a catch in the try zone and dot the ball down for Dartmouth’s first try of the game. Sheehy, who continued to kick well, was successful on the conversion from the corner, resulting in a 13 - 3 Dartmouth lead. The next several minutes of play took place in Yale’s half of the field, where Dartmouth saw multiple scoring chances. The Big Green was awarded a penalty on the Yale 5 meter line, which co-captain Steve Hinshaw'18 punched in for a try, followed by another Sheehy conversion. Play transitioned to Dartmouth’s half of the field following the restart, until co-captain Ollie Engelhart took advantage of a dropped Yale pass, kicking and chasing from Dartmouth’s 22-meter line all the way to inside Yale’s 5-meter line. Two passes later, Mason Koch’20 was in under the posts, the Sheehy conversion extending Dartmouth’s lead to 27 - 3. Dartmouth would put up one more try before the end of the half after the Big Green took the ball from a lineout and moved the ball across the field to Jack Badenhausen, who ran nearly 40 meters for his second try.
During halftime, the newly inducted Wearers of the Green were honored for their accomplishments and welcomed the current team back on to the field for the second half. Badenhausen would open the scoring in the second half, completing his hat-trick by returning a kick more than halfway across the field, making the score 37 - 3. Dartmouth continued to force play into Yale’s half of the field, and as Yale attempted to move the ball wide, Julien Johnson’18 intercepted a pass and took it in for five more. Dartmouth retained position following the restart and quickly moved the ball out wide following a lineup in Yale’s red zone. Luke Bienstock’19 would power through the Yale defensive line for a try, Dartmouth leading 49 - 3 after the Sheehy conversion. Captain Benji Hannam’18 would score the next, and final, two tries for Dartmouth, extending the lead to 61 - 3. Dartmouth found themselves in their defensive half of the field for the final minutes of play. As Yale approached the try line and came within what seemed like inches of scoring, the Dartmouth defense remained resilient, until finally, Yale conceded a penalty and the final whistle was blown, Dartmouth winning by a final score of 61 - 3.

DRFC 36 - 5 UPenn

 

 

Dartmouth travelled to Philadelphia, looking to extend it’s Ivy League record to 3 - 0 against Penn. The DRFC came away with a 36 - 5 victory over the Quakers, lead by multi-try efforts from Luke Bienstock’20 and co-captain Ollie Engelhart’18. After a slow start and some back and forth play, Bienstock opened scoring with a 50 meter run through the Penn defense and Patrick Sheehy’20 was just short on the conversion from the corner. Minutes later, after tough running from the forward pack, Sheehy sent a kick flying across the field from the 40 meter line to the try zone and Bienstock was there to dot it down. Sherry would be successful on his second conversion attempt and Dartmouth led by 12 - 0. The next several minutes of play included both teams playing from their red zones and contending for multiple set pieces, including Struan Coleman’19 forcing a turnover on a lineout that led to a missed Dartmouth scoring opportunity. Many set pieces later, Engelhart would finally score off of a powerful Dartmouth maul from 5-meters out. Not long after, Engelhart would score again off of a lineout, weaving in and out of Penn defenders in an impressive individual effort. Dartmouth ended the half with a 31 - 0 lead.

 

At the beginning of the second half, Jack Badenhausen’19 broke through the Penn defensive line and sent a grubber downfield, recovered for a try from Struan Coleman. Dartmouth would hold on to its 36 - 0 lead for the next thirty minutes of play, as play transitioned to both teams exchanging kicks for territory on the field and physicality up front. After a long defensive stance, the Dartmouth defense finally gave in, conceding a last minute try to Penn. Nonetheless, the DRFC extended their perfect record of Ivy play to 3 - 0, the final score, 36- 5.

DRFC 53 - 12 Harvard

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club contested in their first home Ivy League game this past weekend, beating Harvard 53 - 12 to extend their Ivy League record to 2 - 0. Dartmouth came out firing, with a try from captain Benji Hannam’18 in the first minutes of play, and another from Hannam not long after, off an athletic offload from wing, Andrew Robinson’19, to put Dartmouth up 14 - 0 early. Harvard would battle back, scoring a try after several phases of play in the Big Green red zone to make the score 14 - 5. Dartmouth, however, would win the ensuing restart, and retained position for quite some time, until finally, Harvard let up a penalty and fly half Patrick Sheehy’20 slotted his first of two 40-meter penalties that half. Later in the first half, an impressive Luke Bienstock’20 run would result in another Coleman try and Hannam would complete the hat trick, dotting the ball down after a Big Green maul forced its way across the Cornell red zone. Dartmouth continued to dominate possession throughout the final minutes of the first half, but came up short of a few scoring chances. Still, the DRFC headed into the locker room at the end of the half with a comfortable 27 - 5 lead.

The beginning of the second half presented some troubles for the Big Green, as Harvard scored about five minutes into the half, cutting the Dartmouth lead to 27 - 12. Dartmouth committed several penalties, which eventually sent Ian Sullivan’18 to the sin bin with a yellow card, and Dartmouth found themselves on the defensive side of play. Nonetheless, the Big Green defense remained unyielding throughout the duration of the sin bin, preventing the conversion of multiple scoring opportunities for Harvard. Following the sin bin, Dartmouth went back to work with a third Sheehy penalty conversion and an impressive team try off the restart, beginning with shifty running by Struan Coleman, followed by seven offloads from five different players, and finishing with a try for DRFC president Andy Werchniak’18, in his first start since a torn ACL injury over a year ago. Only minutes later a Dartmouth scrum would result in another terrific display of team rugby and a second Coleman try.  Possession was exchanged back and forth in the final minutes of play with both teams seeing scoring opportunities, until Hannam scored his fourth try of the day, giving Dartmouth a 53 - 12 lead, which would remain until the final whistle. Dartmouth are 2 - 0 in the Ivy League and travel to Penn this weekend for their third Ivy League match.

DRFC 81 - 15 Cornell

This past Saturday the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club began Ivy League play with an 81 - 15 win on the road against Cornell. Cornell, however, started off strong, converting on its second penalty opportunity of the match to take a quick 3 - 0 lead. Dartmouth came back firing, as wing Gyorgy Brenov’20 touched down a try in the corner to give the Big Green a 5 - 3 lead. Fly half Patrick Sheehy’20 converted the try, a feat he consistently nailed throughout the day, his first of his eight successful conversions, to bring the Big Green to a 7 - 3 lead. From this point on, Dartmouth never looked back. Immediately following the restart, a strong scrum by Dartmouth lead to a Benji Hannam’18 try and a 14 - 3 lead. A barrage of Big Green scoring would ensue, created by strong running and good hands on attack. Captain Benji Hannam played wonderfully, leading the team with four tries. Minutes later, wing Chris Nkoy’18 made a tremendous individual effort, returning a kick 70 meters for a try, weaving in and out of defenders on his way toward the try zone. Tough running by Luke Bienstock’20 would lead to an Ollie Engelhart’18 try, his first of two on the day, and a 26 - 3 Dartmouth lead. Another Hannam try would follow and a Bienstock try would conclude Dartmouth’s first half scoring efforts, sending the DRFC to halftime with a 38 - 3 lead.

Dartmouth’s domination continued into the second half, with more tries from Engelhart, Hannam, and Bienstock, surging the Big Green lead to 64 - 3. As Dartmouth's lead increased, substitutes began to come on, which included several DRFC underclassmen who were able to make positive contributions on the field, including great physicality by freshman Andrew Skow’21 and a long run by Sumner Erbe’20, which would set up an Andrew Robinson’19 try and a score of 81 - 3 going into the final minutes of play. Cornell would conclude scoring plays for the match, with a controversial penalty try that sent Struan Coleman’19 to the sin bin with a yellow card and an impressive chip and chase effort by Cornell’s fly half. When all was said and done the Big Green walked out of Ithaca with an 81 - 15 victory and an Ivy League record of 1 - 0.

DRFC 22 - 17 UCLA (Spring Tour)

In a non-conference clash between two Penn Mutual Varsity Cup schools, Dartmouth edged UCLA 24-17 with a try in the final minutes. With the victory, Dartmouth completed a two week tour of California where it’s A-side defeated both UCLA and UCSD.

Spending two weeks out west gave the Big Green a chance to work on its fitness and game planning in a warmer climate as well as play several teams it does not normally square off with.

Dartmouth got off to a strong start against the Bruins, taking a 17-0 lead into the second half.  It was the Max Parker show in the first half, with the fullback scoring a pair of tries and setting up the third with a 95 meter run. On the first two scores, Parker was the recipient of beautiful hands, allowing him to outflank the defense on both occasions.

“Max did especially well, particularly in attack,” said Dartmouth coach Gavin Hickie. “We got off to a great off the opening kickoff. We were up for the game and the boys were well in tune with it.”

UCLA looked to be answering back after hammering away at the Dartmouth line. The Big Green held firm however, and off a five meter lineout inside its own 22, Parker sprinted 95 meters before the ball went through hands for an Ollie Englehart score to extend the lead to 17-0.

Despite being a man up for the remaining 10 minutes of the half, UCLA could not crack the Dartmouth defense until the second stanza. The Bruins managed to score three consecutive tries to start the second half, though, with the game tying score coming via an intercept.

“We were pretty clinical early on but where we are with our conditioning and our focus, we slipped a little bit in the second half,” Hickie added.

The teams were evenly matched for the remainder of the game. With less than 10 to play, however, Dartmouth intercepted a pass and counter attacked. Dawit Workie, kicked the ball ahead and Dartmouth was able to field the ball and after a few phases score the game winning try.

“It was kind of messy but I am very grateful that we made the right decisions. That has been one of our continuous work on is making the right decision on any given situation,” Hickie said of the game winning score.

Both UCLA and Dartmouth will now turn their attention to the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup. UCLA will host UVU while Dartmouth will travel to Clemson to take on the Tigers.

Source: http://www.rugbytoday.com/college/dartmout...

DRFC 64 - 5 UCSD (Spring Tour)

San Diego, CA – Dartmouth faced off against UC San Diego last weekend to start off California Tour. After a long winter of cold weather and heavy snow the Big Green were excited to play in the warm San Diego environment.

When asked about the game, Captain Hayden Aldredge stated, “It was a great way to start off our tour against a physical and quality opponent. We're greatly appreciative to UCSD Rugby for hosting us. Always awesome to get a win, but even more than just the result, we are very excited about how the team came together quickly after a long and snowy winter that saw us playing only one game.”

Even with a couple injuries and players in new positions, the Big Green came out firing against UCSD and got on the board first thanks to a great run and try from wing Luke Bienstock. A few minutes later, center Ollie Englehart, the Hong Kong boy, dummied a couple defenders and ran the ball into the try zone giving Dartmouth a 12-0 lead. A great set piece play from a 10-meter scrum led to Dartmouth’s third try, and Engelhart’s second, and a comfortable 19-0 lead about half way into the first half. Struan Coleman kept things going for Dartmouth as his heads up play off of a scrum led to another try and a 26-0 lead. A great step and line break from scrum-half Pat Sheehy led to another try and conversion for the Big Green as Dartmouth extended its lead to 33-0. With just seconds remaining in the half, full-back Max “suu” Parker ran the ball into the try zone to close out the half at 40-0.

Dartmouth kept the good times rolling in the second half thanks to a terrific run and try from Julien Johnson as Dartmouth went up 54-0. Even with a number of substitutions, Dartmouth continued its scoring frenzy thanks to a hard run from Gyorgy Brevnov who put one in the corner and extended the lead by 5. Minutes later, Ollie Englehart got his third try of the day as Dartmouth went up 64-0 on UCSD. However, a determined UCSD side did not give up and got on the board turning the score into 64-5. Both Dartmouth and UCSD closed out the half with hard-hitting defense and neither team was able to score again. The game ended with a final score of 64-5. The game proved a great start to a fun and productive tour. 

DRFC 0 - 29 Navy

After giving up 151 points in three straight games either side of the Winter Break, Navy held Clemson to ten points on February 19 and now have a shutout to point to.

This was, however, Dartmouth's first game of the New Year, and so they weren't at mid-season form by any stretch of the imagination, but Navy still has begun to put together some strong results.

"They are Dartmouth," said Navy Head Coach Mike Flanagan. "They move the ball and attack from anywhere. They are very hard to pin down. We again had a good defensive performance. The guys fronted up all day."

The back row of Kevin Kirchmer, Mike Galvan, and Connor McNerney made a series of positive-grade tackles and knocked Dartmouth's runners backwards. In the second half Dan Tilghman came on for Galvan and was a terror for Navy in the breakdown, forcing turnovers.

"We kept Dartmouth moving backwards most of the day," said Flanagan.

Navy led 17-0 at halftime playing with the wind, and then scored two tries against the breeze. Their scrum was excellent and the lineout helped give Navy the lion's share of the possession. Ben Johnston, Gordon Livermore, McNerney, Mike Samaniego, and Garrett Smith scored tries and McNerney converted two. 

Flanagan added that his team cleaned up some of the ballhandling errors they suffered against Clemson. With captain Kirchmer back from injury and scrumhalf Gardy Lebon also back, they have received a significant boost just in time.

Source: http://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/resurg...

DRFC 105 - 0 Penn

Hanover, NH- Dartmouth faced Penn in its last Ivy League game of the fall season. With a 6-0 record, the Big Green played for its 10th straight Ivy League title and a decade of dominance.

When asked about the game, Captain Hayden Aldredge stated, “For 80 minutes, we finally put together the type of free flowing, fun rugby we knew we could play all season. On a perfect sunny fall day, we played our best game of the season to take home out 10th Ivy League championship. I could not be more proud of these boys. It’s been an honor captaining them through the Ivys, and were looking forward to getting some more trophies come spring.”

“What a ride it was

Ten years of Ivy titles

Dartmouth forever”

Dartmouth came out firing against Penn and a great pass from Ollie Engelhart led to a try from Struan Coleman, who put Dartmouth up 7-0. A couple minutes later, flanker Benji Hannam sliced and diced his way through a number of defenders into the try zone giving Dartmouth a 14-0 lead. On the very next restart Captain Hayden Aldredge fielded the ball and stiff armed his way through four defenders before offloading to Fuller Winter who took it another 30 meters and popped it to Gordon Driscoll, who used some surprising speed to put one under the posts and extend the lead to 21-0. Gordon looked to repay Fuller for the pass and offloaded a great pass to him a couple minutes later leading to another try as Dartmouth went up 28-0. On the next possession, Luke Bienstock stepped a number of defenders before offloading to Struan Coleman who punched in his second try of the game and extended the lead to 35-0. Anxious to get one of his own, Bienstock was able to use his speed to get his first try of the game as Dartmouth went up 42-0. After picking apart the Penn defense, Dawit Workie finally got a try of his own thanks to a great pass from scrumhalf Pat Sheehy. Workie also connected on the conversion to give Dartmouth a 49-0 lead. Just before time expired in the first half, Workie kicked a ball to the far corner of the field to Julien Johnson who laid out for the ball and got his first try of the game. Dartmouth closed out the half up 54-0.

With a comfortable lead, Dartmouth began to make a couple subs, however the scoring frenzy was nowhere near done. Max Parker got things off to a good start in the second half as he punched in his first try of the game and extended the lead to 59-0. Luke Bienstock got his second try of the game on the next play as Dartmouth went up 64-0. A stolen Penn scrum led to Benji Hannam’s second try of the game and a 71-0 lead for Dartmouth. Luke Bienstock stepped a couple Penn defenders and put one under the posts for his third try of the game, giving Dartmouth a comfortable 76-0 lead. Some great open field passing led to a try from Captain Hayden Aldredge and an 81-0 lead. With only 10 minutes to go, Dartmouth capitalized on great field position and mauled their way into the try zone giving Gordon Driscoll his second try of the game and extending the lead to 86-0. Some great passing led to a fantastic try in the corner from Dawit Workie as Dartmouth went up 91-0. On the next play Luke Bienstock blew by a number of defenders to grab his 4th try of the game and extended the lead to 98-0. With only seconds left in the game the big man Captain Hayden Aldredge broke through the Penn defense to put one under the posts and break the 100 point barrier, giving Dartmouth a final score of 105-0.

Dartmouth closed out its season with a point differential of 492 points for and 34 points against. It was a great season for the Big Green and a good way to send off the class of 2017.

DRFC 61 - 0 Cornell

Hanover, NH- Dartmouth hosted Cornell this weekend for homecoming. With some tough weather conditions and a number of alumni visiting, it ended up being a hard but solid day of rugby. Coming off of a win at Columbia the Big Green looked to go 6-0 in the Ivy League.

When asked about the game, Captain Hayden Aldredge stated, “In the rain and cold, we persevered for our alums, homecoming was lit.”

In an absolute downpour, Dartmouth started off the game defending against a large Cornell team. However, solid defense from Dartmouth led to a blocked kick in Cornell’s try zone and a nice play and try from Pat Sheehy. Dawit Workie connected on the conversion and put Dartmouth up 7-0. Another heads up play from Hayden Aldredge on a quick pick and go led to a 14-0 Dartmouth lead. Fuller Winton broke through a couple Cornell defenders to put one under the posts and extended the lead to 21-0. The very next Big Green possession, Struan Coleman danced through a broken Cornell defense, scoring a try and added another 7 for Dartmouth. The play of the game went to hooker Gordon Driscoll who received a ball from a lineout and stepped his way into the try zone, beating at least 7 defenders, to get his first try of the game, putting Dartmouth up 35-0 just before the half.

Dartmouth came out firing in the second half thanks to a great run from Luke Bienstock. A made conversion helped to extend the lead to 42-0. Julien Johnson followed up with a try of his own, but the first missed conversion of the day held the score to 47-0. Steven Hinshaw barreled through the Cornell defense to get another try for the Big Green and increased the lead to 54-0. A deterioration in weather led to a bit of sloppy rugby from both sides, but as time expired Max Parker punched in one last try to close out the game 61-0.

Dartmouth B side faced off against Cornell after the end of the A side game and easily handled the Big Red. Historian Jake Greenberg scored his first career try in the match. Go Jake!

Dartmouth has its first bye week next week, but will face off against Penn at home on November 12.  

DRFC 73 - 17 Columbia

Randall’s Island, NY- Dartmouth faced off against Columbia this weekend as Dartmouth looked to go 5-0 in the Ivy League and Columbia looked for its first win.

When asked about the game, Captain Hayden Aldredge stated, “It was cold and bleak, incompetent” ref hurt us, but we persevered.”

Dartmouth made the long trip down to Columbia and played in a rare nighttime game against the Lions. After an exhausting trip, Dartmouth came out a little slow. A try from Struan Coleman got Dartmouth on the board but a missed conversion held the Big Green to 5-0. Columbia responded a couple minutes later and put a try of their own under the posts and took the lead 7-5 just 9 minutes into the game. For the first time all season, Dartmouth trailed its opponent, but the Big Green was determined to reclaim the lead. A Columbia lineout overthrow led to some great ball movement from Dartmouth and a fantastic run from freshman Luke Bienstock who put one down in the corner putting Dartmouth up 12-7. A couple minutes later, Gordon Driscoll scooped up a loose ball and hit winger Julien Johnson for Dartmouth’s third try of the game and extended the lead to 17-7. Luke Beinstock got his second try of the game just after giving Dartmouth a 22-7 lead. After a few scoreless minutes, Dawit Workie stepped some flatfooted defenders and gave Dartmouth another try and a 27-7 lead. The big men were determined to get some action, and a great run from Fuller Winton led to another Dartmouth try as the Big Green went up 32-7. Just before halftime Julien Johnson scored his second try of the game, but a missed conversion kick left Dartmouth with a 37-7 lead.

The second half started off well for Dartmouth as the Big Green strung a number of great passes together and Fuller Winton put one down in the try zone for his second try of the game and helped to extend the lead to 44-7. On the next Dartmouth possession, Hayden Aldredge used some great hands to win a lineout and dish the ball to Jack Badenhausen, who put one down and gave Dartmouth another 7 as the Big Green went up 51-7. An unfortunate call from the ref led to a Dartmouth yellow card, but that didn’t stop the Dartmouth ruggers as a meaty Steven Hinshaw barreled through a number of defenders giving Dartmouth another try and 56-7 lead. Frustrated with their poor performance, a couple Columbia players let some fists fly; however it was Dartmouth who received another yellow card for talking back to the rather incompetent ref. Peter Badenhausen sent a message and put another try down in the corner as Dartmouth went up 61-7. Columbia responded with a couple tries of its own, however a great step from Dawit Workie extended the Dartmouth lead to 66-17. Just before the half expired Jesse Brown sealed the game as he danced into the try zone and gave Dartmouth a final score of 73-17.

It was a long day for Dartmouth, but the men came out on top and moved to 5-0 as Columbia remains winless at 0-4. Dartmouth will face off against Cornell next weekend in Hanover for Dartmouth’s homecoming

DRFC 83 - 0 Princeton

Hanover, NH- it was a beautiful but chilly day as Dartmouth faced off against Princeton this weekend to defend its first place position in the Ivy League. Princeton, the only other undefeated Ivy League team, hoped to capitalize on some momentum, but the Big Green proved too much for the Tigers.

When asked about the game, Captain Hayden Aldredge stated, “what a chilly day, so much fun to play the game, I enjoyed my time.”

Dartmouth got off to a rocky start as a nice kick from Princeton and turnover by Dartmouth led to a Princeton 5-meter scrum within the first few minutes. However, Dartmouth’s relentless defense held the Tigers and forced a turnover and a huge kick from Jack Badenhausen put the play back into Princeton’s half. A penalty led to a Dartmouth lineout on the 22 and a well executed maul led to a Gordon Driscoll try giving Dartmouth a 7-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. After receiving the ball back and driving down field, Dartmouth mauled again and opened up oceans of space, allowing quick stepper Dawit Workie to make a move and flip the ball to Jack Badenhausen who punched it in extending the lead to 14-0. A couple minutes later, Luke Beinstock broke through the Princeton defense, but was held up in the try zone. Determined to get his chance, Beinstock cut through 3 Princeton defenders and put one down in the try to give Dartmouth a 21-0 lead. Dartmouth continued to dominate as Benji Hannam decided to have some fun and sent a grubber rolling to himself, downing the ball in the try zone and extending the lead to 28-0. A couple overthrown lineouts from the Princeton hooker led to a quick ball wide and a Max Parker try as Dartmouth went up 33-0. A beautiful run from winger Julien Johnson led to a tackle a couple meters away from the try zone and a quick pick and step from scrumhalf Pat Sheehy gave Dartmouth another try and a 38-0 lead. Before time expired, Julien Johnson selflessly offloaded to the other winger Jesse Brown for another try giving Dartmouth a 45-0 lead to close out the half.

Not wanting to take its foot off the gas, Dartmouth came out firing behind Captain Hayden Aldredge who hit a hard line and put one down under the posts putting up another 7 on the board as Dartmouth went up 52-0. Jesse Brown got his second try of the game a few minutes later thanks to an offload from Fuller Winton, but a missed conversion held Dartmouth to 57-0. Just after a line break from Jack Bandenhausen led to his second try of the game and a 62-0 lead. Hayden Aldredge showed some quick feet as he stepped a couple defenders for his second try of the game, extending the lead to 69-0. With a confortable lead, Dartmouth began to make some substitutions, however to the offense kept going. Dawit Workie sent a beautiful left footed chip-kick to Julien Johnson who grabbed the ball and threw off a Princeton defender for his first try of the game as Dartmouth went up 76-0. With only a few minutes left Hayden Aldredge used his lanky arms to get around a couple defenders and put another one under the posts for a hat trick. Dartmouth closed out the game 83-0.

Unfortunately, there was no B-side game to follow. However, only four games into the season Dartmouth remains undefeated with three shutouts.

Dartmouth will face off against Columbia next week.

DRFC 86 - 0 Yale

New Haven, CT- Dartmouth traveled to New Haven for its first away Ivy League game of the season.  With a couple of injuries, the Big Green had to move a few players around, however the offense ran smoothly as Dartmouth had its highest scoring game of the season so far.

When asked about the game captain Hayden Aldredge stated “it was a great win, taking the field with my bros, whoa what a feeling.”

Dartmouth came out firing against Yale and a hard run from prop Krieg Greco put Dartmouth on the board at 7-0. A few minutes later some quick feet from fly-half Dawit Workie gave Dartmouth a 14-0 lead. Things continued to go well for the offense and some nice ball movement led to a Struan Coleman try as Dartmouth went up 19-0. A dropped ball in the try zone led to a great heads up play and try from wing Julien Johnson extending the Dartmouth lead to 24-0. However, Julien was not done and used some speed to get a second try just a few minutes later as Dartmouth went up 29-0. Dawit Workie’s stepping proved too much to handle for the Yale defense as he danced into the try zone making the score 34-0. Quick ball movement to the wing led to a 2 on 1 and a selfless offload from Julien Johnson led to a Max Parker try giving Dartmouth a 39-0 lead. After a lot of backs action, the big men were anxious to get some of their own and a crushing run from Kreig Greco and an offload to Steven Hinshaw gave Dartmouth a 44-0 lead. Just before halftime, a great run from Benji Hannam led to a Luke Beinstock try as Dartmouth finished the half at 51-0.

With a comfortable lead and ball possession to start the half, Dartmouth made a number of substitutes to give some other players a chance. After closing out the first half with a try, Luke Beinstock got Dartmouth off to a good start with his second try of the game and extending the lead to 58-0. Hayden Aldredge hit a hard line and put one down under the posts extending the lead to 65-0. The forwards continued their dominance and an offload from Steven Hinshaw gave Struan Coleman his second try of the game putting Dartmouth up 72-0. Max Parker blew by a whole number of Yale defenders and put one under the posts increasing the lead to 79-0. Just before time expired Gordon Driscoll offloaded a beautiful pass to Hayden Aldredge who punched it in and helped Dartmouth close out the game 86-0.

The B-side faced off after and was just as dominant as the A side. Relentless speed on offense and hard-hitting defense helped the B-side win 70-0. It was great day for the Big Green who held its position atop the Ivy League and moved to 3-0.

Dartmouth will host Princeton next Saturday.

DRFC 64 - 15 Brown

Hanover, NH- Dartmouth hosted Brown this weekend for its first home Ivy League match of the season. With some great fall weather and a number of alumni visiting, it ended up being a great day of rugby. Coming off of a win at Harvard the Big Green looked to go 2-0 and take first place in the Ivy League.

When asked about the game, Captain Hayden Aldredge stated, “It was great to have the alumni back, as always, we are incredibly grateful for all their support. We play every game not only for our teammates, but also for the guys who came before us, and it was nice to be able to perform well in front of all those guys. We are very happy with our performance yesterday. We finally put all of the pieces together on offense and were able to play some fun, wide-open rugby. Looking forward to improving each week as the season goes along.”

Dartmouth was quick to set the tone of the game with a try in the 6th minute from center Jack Badenhausen ’19, giving Dartmouth a 7-0 lead. Just two minutes later, fullback Max Parker ’17 punched in another try extending the lead to 12-0. As Dartmouth’s offense continued to create a number of chances a hard run from hooker Gordon Driscoll ’17 led to Dartmouth’s third try of the game giving the Big Green a lead of 19-0. Dartmouth kept its hot streak going as fly-half Dawit Workie recognized some open space and sent a kick flying into the try zone, connecting with Max Parker for his second try of the game and putting Dartmouth up 26-0. However, Dartmouth was not done for the half and after receiving a great offload from Hayden Aldredge, Dawit Workie turned on the jets and went 70 meters for his first try of the game. Dartmouth closed out the half up 31-0.

The second half started out a bit slower for the Big Green as Brown got its first opportunity of the day, scoring a try and getting on the board at 31-5. Dartmouth was quick to respond as some nice passing led to winger Jesse Brown’s first ever try giving Dartmouth a 38-5 lead. A few minutes later, fullback Max Parker took one to the house, diving into the try zone for his third try of the game and extending the lead to 45-5. Brown bounced back quickly with a try of its own, however a missed conversion held the score at 45-10. With a solid lead and only 15 minutes left, Dartmouth was not done. Using some fancy feet, Dawit Workie was able to create a 2 on 1 and dished the ball out to Hayden Aldredge who scored his first try of the game and gave Dartmouth another 5. Brown responded with another try cutting down the Dartmouth lead to 50-15. Shortly after, Ollie Engelhart kicked a grubber to himself and downed one in the corner putting up Dartmouth 57-15. Just before time expired wing Luke Bienstock broke through the Brown defense and went 40 meters for the final try of the game and sealing a Dartmouth victory at 64-15.

Dartmouth B side faced off against Brown after the end of the A side game and easily handled the Bears winning 60-0.

Dartmouth will travel to Yale next week in hopes of going 3-0 in the Ivy League.

DRFC 20 - 0 Harvard

Cambridge, MA – Dartmouth faced off against Harvard this weekend in its first Ivy League game of the 2016 fall season. Looking for its first win of the season after two tough preseason losses, Dartmouth knew that it would be a big match as Harvard finished second in the Ivy League last season.

When asked about the game, Co-Captain Dawit Workie stated, “With a few key players out it wasn’t our ideal performance, but we did enough and relied on our fundamentals to get a win.”

At 65 and sunny the Big Green prepared for what seemed to be a perfect day of rugby. Dartmouth, while excited for the game, came out slow against Harvard. With a number of new players filling in at new positions, things seemed a bit off for the Big Green’s offense. A few knock-ons and some sloppy offloads held Dartmouth scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the half. However, Struan Coleman was able to get Dartmouth on the board with a hard run and give the Big Green a 5-0 lead. Just a few minutes later Dartmouth elected to kick for points off of a Harvard penalty and Dawit Workie drilled the ball through the posts extending the Dartmouth lead to 8-0. Unfortunately, Dartmouth was not able to keep its momentum going and closed out the half with a lead of just 8-0.

The second half of the game started a bit better than the first. Dartmouth and Harvard exchanged a number of line breaks, however no one seemed capable of scoring. A gutsy grubber attempt from Harvard led to a Big Green lineout and a fantastic run from winger Max Parker. Dartmouth maintained possession of the ball and turned a scrum on the 5-meter line into Dartmouth’s second try of the game from Captain Hayden Aldredge. A conversion from Dawit Workie gave Dartmouth a lead of 15-0. An absolutely massive hit from football crossover Cody Fulleton injected some life back into Dartmouth and some fear into Harvard. Sloppy hands from Harvard led to another Big Green scrum with a few minutes left in the game. A terrific run from Luke Bienstock and then Jack Badenhausen led to another try for Dartmouth who extended its lead to 20-0.  Dartmouth was able to hold Harvard’s offense as time expired and clinched its first win of the Ivy League season.

Dartmouth will host Brown next week on October 1st as the Big Green will look to go 2-0 in the Ivy League.