The Big Green reclaimed their Ivy 7s title this past weekend in a strong performance that saw the A-side go undefeated and the B-side claim 5th place. The tournament also had a developmental bracket where the C-side gained plenty of experience.
The killer Bs started off the day with a close fought 10-12 loss to Brown that saw Mason Koch ’20 and newcomer Johnny Nierenberg ’19 scored impressive tries. They would go on to take on a formidable Harvard squad in round two. It was another tight match that saw the Big Green give up the lead late in the match. Kyle Burcin ’19 and Nierenberg put up tires that match. In their final match of pool play, the Bs defeated Yale 5-0 thanks to an early score by Burcin. The second side’s 5th place put them against Cornell. The boys had their first big victory of the day with at whopping 29-0 victory that saw tries by Tim Gerber ’21, Malcolm Robinson ’22, and a hat trick by Burcin.
The As breezed through pool play. Their day started with UPenn and the Big Green put up a big 36-0 victory. Mike Weir ’22, Struan Coleman ’19, Charlton McArdle ’21, Jack Badenhausen ’19 all got on the board. The second match was a face-off against Cornell which ended in the same score as the first. The first half saw Luke Bienstock ’20 and Jasper Green ’22 score. The DRFC continued the try spree continue with Fuller Winton ’19, Badenhausen, McArdle. The final match of pool play was against the Lions from Colombia. Green, Gyorgy Brevnov ’20, and Badenhausen tacked on tries to end the score at 26-0.
The Championship match was a traditional rivalry matchup against the hosts, Harvard. The Big Green got on the board first when Winton picked and skirted around the ruck near the try zone to go up 5-0. Harvard would then intercept a pass and convert to go up 7-5 which the score would stay at for the rest of the half. In the second half, Harvard was the first to score to extend their lead to 12-5, but after some grueling play the Big Green was able to break through the Crimson defense when Winton kicked and chased to score his second try of the match to make it 10-12. With little time remaining and Harvard down a man, Dartmouth spread the ball wide to Bienstock who sped down the touchline to dot the ball down and give the Big Green a 17-12 lead. That’s all that would be needed as the DRFC held solid on defense for the remaining minute of the match to close out the day. That victory brings back the Ivy 7s trophy to Hanover to make it X all time.
Additionally, Dartmouth was well represented on the All Ivy First Team with Kyle Burcin ’19, Fuller Winton ’19, Mike Weir ’22, and Jasper Green ’22. Also, captain Struan Coleman ’19 made the All Ivy Second Team.