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.