DRFC 8 - 88 Navy

The DRFC’s recent trip to Annapolis, Maryland allowed great opportunities for younger members of the DRFC to get their first A-side starts, and for some, their first A-side minutes, as many of the team’s members spend the winter quarter immersing themselves in abroad programs and internships. The 88 - 8 loss provided several learning experiences and is part of a string of games against top competition in the nation for Dartmouth, as part of the DRFC’s preparation for the D1-AA XV’s championship series this spring.
Dartmouth was resilient in the games opening minutes, with tough tackling throughout the first portion of the match. However, Navy continued to drive downfield and eventually punching in a try after several phases within the Big Green’s 22. Dartmouth answered back quickly, however, driving downfield before  Benny Goodman ’18 slotted a penalty through the uprights, cutting the Navy lead to 7-3. Toward the end of the first half, after Navy had extended its lead with a few tries. Walker Schneider ’19, in his first DRFC start, intercepted a Navy pass and returned it for a try.  Navy would hold Dartmouth scoreless in the second half, but Ian Sullivan ’18 and captain Benji Hannam ’18 played strong defense with some dominant tackles. Hannam played with great physicality, forcing a turnover and powering a couple of line breaks through the Navy defensive wall in the game’s final minutes.
Looking forward, the DRFC will take on Army at West Point on Saturday, March 3rd, continuing to ready itself for a competitive spring season.