Saturday’s match against Cornell was a special occasion for the DRFC. DRFC legend, organizer of the historic 1959 tour to England, and two-time Club President Mr. Richard “Dick” Liesching sadly passed away a few weeks ago. The Liesching family chose to honor his memory by holding a memorial service at St. Thomas’ church before the match so that the club about which he cared so devoutly could be a part of the event. The team joined the family to commemorate Dick’s life, during which he laid the ground-work for so much of what we have today. It is an understatement to say that the club, and all those who have competed, fought for, and dedicated themselves to the DRFC throughout its history, owe Mr. Liesching a great debt of gratitude. Dick’s family, friends, and teammates, then convened at Cory Ford Clubhouse to observe the match played in his honor. We’re proud to have been able to deliver him and his family a victory. We would like to thank the Liesching family for giving the men of the DRFC the opportunity to celebrate Dick’s life and honor his contributions to our Club this weekend. May he rest in peace and his example continue to inspire generations of Dartmouth ruggers.
Freshman Malcolm Robinson '22 scored the first try on Brophy just under a minute into the match. Robinson would put up four more tries in his first start for the DRFC, a testament to his teammate’s relentless support and his own work rate. After Cornell responded with three points off of a penalty kick, the Big Green took firm control of the match, turning over Cornell’s ball off the restart, then sending it cross-field through several passes to Andrew Joubert ’20 for the try down the touchline. Just past the ten-minute mark, the dominant Big Green scrum would set Robinson up for his second try of the day, capitalizing on a Cornell knock near their own 5-meter line. In rapid succession, Dartmouth put up another try off of a turnover at the breakdown from Mason Kock ’20, with captain Struan Coleman ’19, Captain gathering the ball for a 50-meter run into the try zone. At 21 minutes, Mike Weir ’22 took the quick tap from Dartmouth’s 22-meter line after a missed penalty goal attempt by Cornell, running through several defenders before offloading to co-captain Fuller Winton ’19 who would score the try. Charlton McArdle '21 was a key impact player coming early off the bench and added a try in the 15-meter channel to make the score 47-3 just 30 minutes into the match. The Big Green put up a firm defensive stance to round out the half.
To begin scoring in the second half, Weir took the quick tap off a penalty in Dartmouth’s half, making a 70-meter break for the try zone and centering it under the sticks. Strong running and support off the ensuing restart took the Big Green coast-to-coast for another quick try in Robinson’s hands. Walker Schneider ’19 showed the crowd his aerial skill, taking down a high kick from Cornell, setting the stage for a strong run from Pat O’Neil ’20 up along the touchline and a great offload to Robinson for the try once again. Dylan Burke ’19 danced through Cornell's defenders for a big run out of the Big Green's 22-meter line and then dished an offload to Kyle Burcin ’19 who ran it the rest of the way for the try—a great example of the tenacious shifts put in by those seniors Saturday. Burke went on for a conversion (shout-out for the years of preparation that the loosie has been putting into his kicking skills) and a try of his own. McArdle and Matt Bettino ’20 rounded out the Big Green’s scoring for the afternoon for a final result of 95-6 Dartmouth. Pat Sheehy ’20 put through 5 challenging conversions on the day, once again demonstrating his prowess off of the tee.