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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.