D1AA Spring Championship

Dartmouth marches onto the D1AA XVs national championship game on May 5 after claiming the D1AA spring championship in a 66-20 route of University of Nevada, Reno in after a hard-fought match on Saturday in Greensville, North Carolina. 

Mason Koch ’20, a man of no fear and a magnificent mustache, had a great showing, stopping Nevada’s big boys on defense, and scoring two tries. The prop turned 8-man, co-captain Steve Hinshaw ’18, continually battled through the Nevada defensive line, his energy, and intensity nearly boiling-over when called for a not-releasing penalty. Captain Benji Hannam ’18 made his return to the lineup, coming back from an injury he suffered against Cal on tour. The highlight try of the day came at the onset of the second half. After Struan Coleman ’19 won the restart, the Big Green put on a display of "champagne rugby" in an incredible sequence of off-loads, with Hannam, Struan Coleman ’19, and even Hinshaw, who finished off the play with a try, getting involved. Hinshaw’s mother commonly referred to by his teammates as “Mama Hinshaw” could be seen enthusiastically throwing up her hands in celebration, among the dozen of others in attendance. 

Other tries came from Luke Bienstock ’20, who had two on the day; fly-half Pat Sheehy ’20, who also contributed a penalty; Coleman ’19, cousin of Hayden Aldredge; Julien Johnson ’18, aka DJ Shades; Sir Fuller Winton IV ’19; and Marwan Zelmat ’19, his first A-side try and one of many who provided a spark off the bench. Charlton “Taco” McCardle ’21 and Jarrett Lewis ’21 also added energy as reserves. Lewis laid the wood in a few dominating tackles, and Taco made a long run off a restart which confused the new rugger as he looked around baffled as to how he was still untouched after reaching the opposing 20-meter line. The clock wound down, and the DRFC found itself victorious in a huge team effort.

After receiving a large, glass container in the trophy presentation, the Big Green had a 14-hour bus ride back to Hanover to look forward. Next, Dartmouth will play for the D1AA overall national title against Mary Washington on May 5th, as it looks to bring home its first-ever XVs national title in its first national championship appearance since 1988.

Ivy League 7s

On a sunny New Haven afternoon, the boys in Green trotted out for yet another Ivy 7s tournament. After they tied the first game 12-12 with Cornell, the Developmental side ran all over the rest of their competition and won the Developmental Tournament. A number players found the try zone multiple times - including first-timers Seamus "Moose" Hall '20 and Michael Perezous '19. Even the big man Jack Mackle '20 rumbled his way for an 80-meter try. 

The A-Side - taken aback by the warm temperatures and blazing sun - stumbled into their first game, which they lost 0-36 to Brown. After realizing the weather was not, indeed, some unnatural trick, they managed to pull themselves together to wallop Cornell 26-0 and defeat Columbia 19-12. An all-around great team effort saw Zach Kumar '19 end up with the ball in his hand on the wings in space, run very fast, and score many tries. 

The DRFC met Brown again in the championship, but redemption eluded the Big Green. After being stifled for much of the first half, Brown found the try zone for twice in the final minute, and twice in the second half, defeating the Big Green 22-0. The team showed a lot of promise with many young players being called up for the tournament as many of the usual starters were being rested ahead of the D1AA spring championship this coming weekend against the University of Nevada, Reno at East Carolina University.

Round 1 and 2 D1AA Playoffs

The DRFC ventured to Lawrence, Kansas, for the opening rounds of the D1AA XVs national playoffs. Dartmouth came away with two victories, on consecutive days, defeating the University of Missouri and the University of Central Florida, respectively, to advance to the spring championships for D1AA play.

In the first match against Missouri on Saturday, Dartmouth dominated possession in the first half, containing play inside Missouri’s twenty-two. Patrick Sheehy ’20 led the team with his boot, slotting all three of his penalty attempts and converting three of four tries. Seniors Julien Johnson ’18, Steve Hinshaw ’18 (co-captain), and Ollie Engelhart ’18 (co-captain), filled out the scoring of the first half, with a try each, and the Big Green went into halftime with a comfortable 27 - 3 lead. Mason Koch ’20 excelled defensively, forcing multiple turnovers through his rucking efforts.

The second half saw  Big Green scoring efforts and general play slow down, as penalties plagued the half. Five total yellow cards were handed out in the half, including three to Big Green players, leading to one DRFC member declaring that the sin bin was, “the most densely populated area in Kansas right now.” Nonetheless, Fuller Winton ’19 would score the DRFC’s lone try of the second half off of great ball movement from Sheehy ’20 and Johnson ’18, before substitutes came on to close out the victory. Dartmouth would walk away with a 35 - 10, earning the right to play UCF on Sunday, the next day, with a spot in the D1AA spring national championship at stake.

The next day, feeling fresh off of physical recovery following the game from the previous afternoon, Dartmouth delivered. Engelhart ’18 would score the first try a few minutes in, and the Big Green never looked back. Sheehy ’20 again delivered a brilliant game with his boot, connecting both of his penalty attempts and converting five of six Dartmouth tries in the half, including one from the touchline. Lead by brilliant set-piece play by the forward pack and consistent conversion of goal zone opportunities, Dartmouth went into the half with a 46 - 0 lead. Dartmouth would continue to stretch its lead going into the second half. 
Engelhart ’18, Jack Badenhausen ’19, Luke Bienstock ’20, and Gyorgy Brevnov ’20 each finished the game with hat-tricks. Freshman Jarrett Lewis ’21 also contributed to Dartmouth’s scoring efforts after coming off the bench, and Mason Koch ’20 again provided a brilliant match on both sides of the ball. Dartmouth emerged victorious by a score of 83 - 0.

On April 21st, Dartmouth ventures down to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC to take on the University of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack in the D1AA Spring Final, representing the semifinal game of the at-large D1AA National Championship.

DRFC 31 - 101 Cal

Dartmouth rugby concluded its Bay Area tour by taking on the California Berkeley Golden Bears #3, a top-ranked, well-respected rugby program; and the DRFC put up a performance of which they should be proud. The Big Green stayed with the Golden Bears for the first quarter of the match, as fly-half Pat Sheehy '20 converted a forty meter penalty, the games first points, and Luke Bienstock ’20 ran sixty meters for a try set up by a Julien Johnson ’18 interception. The try was the first of four for Dartmouth on the day, with Sheehy demonstrating a perfect record on conversions. Capitalizing on opportunities created by turnovers and forced errors was a consistent theme for the Big Green throughout the day. Dartmouth saw themselves down 24-10 through the first twenty-two minutes of play. 
About sixteen minutes into the match, DRFC captain Benji Hannam ’18 came off for an injury he sustained after forcing a turnover. While his time on the pitch may not have lasted long, his presence was missed as the skipper had already created multiple turnovers and put together a few nice runs. Other strong Dartmouth performances from the match included co-captain Oliver Engelhart ’18, whose incredible work-rate lead to Dartmouth penalties and line breaks and co-captain Steve Hinshaw ’18 who kept the Cal defense on their toes with strong running and showed persistence in his tackling on the defensive end.
Dartmouth put together one more try before the conclusion of the half, in a solo effort by winger Gyorgy Brevnov ’20, who ran a loose ball back fifty meters for a try. Going into halftime, the DRFC faced a deficit of 51-17.
The Big Green had a slow start to the second half, but their mindset quickly turned around. Dartmouth put together several phases on offense inside Cal’s twenty-two. After strong forward play from Mason Koch ’20 and Ian Sullivan ’18, the backs stretched the ball wide to Jack Badenhausen ’19, who was brought down via a high tackle in the Cal try zone and received a penalty try as a result. Later in the half, Dartmouth brought on several reserves, including Patrick O’Neill ’20 who scored the final try of the game after forcing and returning a Cal handling error, with only a few minutes remaining. As Cal looked poised to score a try to end the match, the DRFC defense remained resilient, defending its half well and applying pressure to Cal’s attack to force a knock-on to end the game. The final score of the match was 101-31, Cal.
The match served as a great ending to Dartmouth’s tour, as the Dartmouth side was only the second team to post that many points on the scoreboard against the Golden Bears this season. Dartmouth was gracious for Cal’s incredible hospitality as hosts—the team’s later shared lunch in the football team’s dining area—and both teams look forward to continuing their relationship and rivalry.
The DRFC now looks ahead to the D1AA national championships, which will start on April 7th at the University of Kansas. The Big Green have shown incredible improvement over the past several matches and looks to enter the D1AA tournament at their strongest this season.

DRFC 7 - 113 Army

The DRFC traveled down to West Point, NY this weekend to take on a well-ranked Army opponent as part of its preparation for its upcoming California tour, and ultimately, the competition the team will face this spring in the D1AA XVs national championship tournament. While Dartmouth lost by a wide margin, the game once again saw many opportunities for younger players.  Several members of the junior and sophomore class are off this winter which gives the underclassmen in the DRFC a chance to learn and grow as players. Luke Bienstock ’20 scored Dartmouth’s sole try, the game’s first scoring play, by running in a loose ball off of a missed pass by Army.
Dartmouth will continue to face tough opposition on its spring tour when it goes to San Francisco next week. Dartmouth’s recent and soon approaching matches against some of the best teams in the nation contribute to the DRFC’s preparation for the D1AA tournament, in which the team is looking to make a deep run and win its first national XVs championship.

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.

DRFC 43 - 22 Harvard

Dartmouth rugby bested Harvard, 43 - 22 in the Ivy League Championship game, on a cold Hanover afternoon, to claim its 11th consecutive Ivy League title. After exchanging penalties in the first few minutes, Luke Bienstock ’20 who had three tries on the day gave the Big Green an 8 - 3 lead about twenty minutes in. Patrick Sheehy ’20, minutes later, slotted his second of three successful penalties in the game, extending the lead to 11 - 3. The physical battle continued through the end of the first half, with hard running and steadfast defense by co-captain Steve Hinshaw’18 and several crucial turnovers forced by captain Benji Hannam’18. Another try by Struan Coleman’19 sent the Big Green into the locker room at halftime with a 16 - 3 lead.

Harvard would score early on in the second half to cut Dartmouth’s lead to 16 - 8, but Bienstock’s second try which came off of an interception would turn the momentum back around behind the Big Green. Julien Johnson ’18, Bienstock, and Oliver Engelhart '18 all added tries minutes later, surging the Dartmouth lead to 40 - 8. Benny Goodman ’18 came on in the second half to add speed to Dartmouth’s attack and Dartmouth, although conceding a pair of tries in the final minutes of play, held on for it’s eleventh consecutive Ivy League Championship and another season of undefeated Ivy League XVs play.

DRFC Development 72 - 22 Keene State

The DRFC hosted Keene State College on a sunny, fall day in Hanover. Captained by Benny Goodman ’18, Dartmouth dressed a mixture of A side and B side players making for an exciting balance of experience and eagerness. Keene State struck first, kicking for points off of a penalty in the first minutes of the match, but the DRFC rallied back quickly, finishing the half with a 43-3 lead. The strong first-half performance was highlighted by a great offload from Marwan Zelmatt ’19 to Will Shadek ’19 who ran the ball from end-to-end for a try - the 6’5” forward was calling for the oxygen tanks after the play. George Brevnov ’20 also had a very strong first half, scoring two tries and making several key tackles on the wing to prevent sure Keene State scores. Dylan Burke ’19 also led the forward pack to a dominant lineout winning percentage, delivering some big turnovers off of restarts for the Big Green.

Keene State started the second half off strongly, scoring a quick try but the DRFC would fire back, ultimately winning the contest by fifty points, 72-22. Several younger players made a big impact in the second half - Charlton McArdle ’21 led the charge, playing hard on both sides of the ball and powering through tackles to finish the day with two tries. Aidan Sheinberg ’20 came off of the bench at hooker and ran strong lines, dancing through defenders with speed. Bradley Hart ’21 also came off of the bench to start the second half at wing and sped through Keene State's forward line with confidence. Other strong performances from the bench came from Andrew Badenhausen ’21 and Jack Mackle ‘20 who delivered a surge of energy for the Big Green. The DRFC is excited by the potential of the young guys coming up the ranks!

DRFC 41 - 10 Brown

The DRFC traveled down to Providence, Rhode Island for a contest against Brown, emerging with a victory of 41 - 10. Dartmouth came out strong early with Jack Badenhausen ’19 diving into the try zone following a couple of offloads and a strong run by co-captain Oliver Engelhart ’18. Minutes later Mason Koch ’20 would chase down a kick down the sideline and kick the ball an additional time before dotting it down in the try zone. Patrick Sheehy '20 converted on both of the early tries to make the Dartmouth lead 14 - 0.

Later in the first half, Dartmouth would find themselves within  Brown's 22-meter line, and Koch would break through the Brown line for his second try of the day, extending the Dartmouth lead to 19 - 0. Immediately after, Dartmouth once again took advantage of a red zone opportunity moving the ball wide before Engelhart would pick and go straight into the try zone. Dartmouth ended the first half with a 24 - 0 lead.

At the start of the second half, Brown’s fullback made a great individual chip and chase effort to score Brown’s first points of the game, and close Dartmouth’s lead to 24 - 5.  But, Luke Bienstock ’20 would respond with two consecutive tries, both a result of hard, physical running through contact. Toward the final minutes of play, Brown was able to score another try. However, Dartmouth responded when Parker Hall ’20 broke through the Brown line for the last try of the game to make the final score 41 - 10, Dartmouth.

DRFC 6 - 19 Navy

This past weekend the DRFC hosted Navy and previous Dartmouth head coach, Gavin Hickie, made his return to Hanover, in what proved to be a physical and defensive battle on the pitch throughout. The game was broadcast with commentary by The Rugby Channel, as part of being featured as The Rugby Channel’s collegiate match of the week and was Dartmouth’s second and final out of conference match of the fall season.

The first quarter of play was back and forth. Both teams exchanged possession and battled for territory in the middle of the field, as both forward packs played tough and physical. Both sides saw their chances as well until finally, Navy’s fly-half broke through the Dartmouth defensive line on the first phase following a scrum and put Navy up 5 - 0, about 17 minutes into the match. The next several minutes were filled with scoring chances for Dartmouth, who had multiple lineouts and a penalty from Navy’s 5-meter line. However, Navy’s goal line defense was strong, and Dartmouth was unable to punch in the ball. Navy regained possession and kicked the ball downfield when Navy’s wing committed a penalty for a dangerous tackle on Jack Badenhausen’19. Badenhausen, an important force in Dartmouth’s back three, would have to exit as a result, although the Navy player was sent to the sin bin with a yellow card for the hit. Not long after Liam Morris’19 would be sent to the bin for unbinding early from a scrum, and 14 on 14 play ensued. Navy pushed the ball toward Dartmouth’s red zone and scored off a scrum, converting the try for a 12 - 0 lead late in the first half. Dartmouth responded quickly by regaining possession shortly after the restart and gaining a penalty for a Navy player coming into the side of the ruck as well as another not rolling away, in the first phase following a line out. Patrick Sheehy’20 nailed the kick for goal to send both teams into halftime with a score of 12 - 3, Navy.

The second half saw more physical play and great defense by both teams. Navy retained possession for most of the half and scored early on, a few phases after a Navy center intercepted a pass at midfield, bringing the score to 19 - 3. However, the second half saw a few great goal-line stands from Dartmouth with some defensive highlights, including an interception by wing Chris Nkoy’18. Dartmouth also had a great scoring chance, when Struan Coleman’19 broke through the Navy line before he was tackled all the way down at Navy's 5-meter line. Dartmouth was unable to convert on the opportunity, but minutes later a Luke Bienstock line break set up a play the next phase with a great offload from Mason Koch ’20 to Coleman to co-captain Steve Hinshaw’18, who appeared to dot down a Dartmouth try in the corner. However, the referee blew his whistle and indicated that the exchange from Coleman to Henshaw was a forward pass. Not long after, a smart play from co-captain Oliver Engelhart’18, who passed the ball into an offsides Navy player, resulted in another converted Sheehy penalty, making him two for two on the day and cutting the Navy lead to 19 - 6. The final minutes of the contest saw yet another Dartmouth goal line stance with a Gyorgy Brevnov’20 tackle forcing a turnover. The score would remain 19 - 6, Navy, until the blow of the final whistle.

DRFC 61 - 3 Yale

This past weekend marked a special celebration for the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club, as the members of the two championship Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) teams of 2011 and 2012 were honored for their induction to the Wearers of the Green. The weekend’s festivities commenced with the DRFC’s homecoming match against Yale, where Dartmouth emerged victorious, by a score of 61 - 3, extending its Ivy League record to 5 - 0. The crowd cheering on the Dartmouth team facing Yale was complete with DRFC alumni, old and new, who returned to campus for the homecoming celebration, including the members of the victorious 2011 and 2012 CRC teams, who were honored during halftime.
In the opening minutes of the game, a strong Dartmouth maul, inside Yale’s red zone resulted in a successful Patrick Sheehy’20 penalty conversion. After exchanging possession a few times, Dartmouth conceded a penalty in a lineout, just outside its 22-meter line. Yale successfully converted the penalty, tying the game at 3 - 3, but those would turn out to be Yale’s only points of the match. The exchange of penalties continued, shortly after that, as Sheehy netted another penalty, following a Dartmouth scrum, to put the Big Green up 6 - 3. A few moments later, a Dartmouth scrum led to a Sheehy kick across the field to Jack Badenhausen’19, who leaped over a Yale defender to make a catch in the try zone and dot the ball down for Dartmouth’s first try of the game. Sheehy, who continued to kick well, was successful on the conversion from the corner, resulting in a 13 - 3 Dartmouth lead. The next several minutes of play took place in Yale’s half of the field, where Dartmouth saw multiple scoring chances. The Big Green was awarded a penalty on the Yale 5 meter line, which co-captain Steve Hinshaw'18 punched in for a try, followed by another Sheehy conversion. Play transitioned to Dartmouth’s half of the field following the restart, until co-captain Ollie Engelhart took advantage of a dropped Yale pass, kicking and chasing from Dartmouth’s 22-meter line all the way to inside Yale’s 5-meter line. Two passes later, Mason Koch’20 was in under the posts, the Sheehy conversion extending Dartmouth’s lead to 27 - 3. Dartmouth would put up one more try before the end of the half after the Big Green took the ball from a lineout and moved the ball across the field to Jack Badenhausen, who ran nearly 40 meters for his second try.
During halftime, the newly inducted Wearers of the Green were honored for their accomplishments and welcomed the current team back on to the field for the second half. Badenhausen would open the scoring in the second half, completing his hat-trick by returning a kick more than halfway across the field, making the score 37 - 3. Dartmouth continued to force play into Yale’s half of the field, and as Yale attempted to move the ball wide, Julien Johnson’18 intercepted a pass and took it in for five more. Dartmouth retained position following the restart and quickly moved the ball out wide following a lineup in Yale’s red zone. Luke Bienstock’19 would power through the Yale defensive line for a try, Dartmouth leading 49 - 3 after the Sheehy conversion. Captain Benji Hannam’18 would score the next, and final, two tries for Dartmouth, extending the lead to 61 - 3. Dartmouth found themselves in their defensive half of the field for the final minutes of play. As Yale approached the try line and came within what seemed like inches of scoring, the Dartmouth defense remained resilient, until finally, Yale conceded a penalty and the final whistle was blown, Dartmouth winning by a final score of 61 - 3.

DRFC 36 - 5 UPenn



Dartmouth travelled to Philadelphia, looking to extend it’s Ivy League record to 3 - 0 against Penn. The DRFC came away with a 36 - 5 victory over the Quakers, lead by multi-try efforts from Luke Bienstock’20 and co-captain Ollie Engelhart’18. After a slow start and some back and forth play, Bienstock opened scoring with a 50 meter run through the Penn defense and Patrick Sheehy’20 was just short on the conversion from the corner. Minutes later, after tough running from the forward pack, Sheehy sent a kick flying across the field from the 40 meter line to the try zone and Bienstock was there to dot it down. Sherry would be successful on his second conversion attempt and Dartmouth led by 12 - 0. The next several minutes of play included both teams playing from their red zones and contending for multiple set pieces, including Struan Coleman’19 forcing a turnover on a lineout that led to a missed Dartmouth scoring opportunity. Many set pieces later, Engelhart would finally score off of a powerful Dartmouth maul from 5-meters out. Not long after, Engelhart would score again off of a lineout, weaving in and out of Penn defenders in an impressive individual effort. Dartmouth ended the half with a 31 - 0 lead.


At the beginning of the second half, Jack Badenhausen’19 broke through the Penn defensive line and sent a grubber downfield, recovered for a try from Struan Coleman. Dartmouth would hold on to its 36 - 0 lead for the next thirty minutes of play, as play transitioned to both teams exchanging kicks for territory on the field and physicality up front. After a long defensive stance, the Dartmouth defense finally gave in, conceding a last minute try to Penn. Nonetheless, the DRFC extended their perfect record of Ivy play to 3 - 0, the final score, 36- 5.

DRFC 53 - 12 Harvard

The Dartmouth Rugby Football Club contested in their first home Ivy League game this past weekend, beating Harvard 53 - 12 to extend their Ivy League record to 2 - 0. Dartmouth came out firing, with a try from captain Benji Hannam’18 in the first minutes of play, and another from Hannam not long after, off an athletic offload from wing, Andrew Robinson’19, to put Dartmouth up 14 - 0 early. Harvard would battle back, scoring a try after several phases of play in the Big Green red zone to make the score 14 - 5. Dartmouth, however, would win the ensuing restart, and retained position for quite some time, until finally, Harvard let up a penalty and fly half Patrick Sheehy’20 slotted his first of two 40-meter penalties that half. Later in the first half, an impressive Luke Bienstock’20 run would result in another Coleman try and Hannam would complete the hat trick, dotting the ball down after a Big Green maul forced its way across the Cornell red zone. Dartmouth continued to dominate possession throughout the final minutes of the first half, but came up short of a few scoring chances. Still, the DRFC headed into the locker room at the end of the half with a comfortable 27 - 5 lead.

The beginning of the second half presented some troubles for the Big Green, as Harvard scored about five minutes into the half, cutting the Dartmouth lead to 27 - 12. Dartmouth committed several penalties, which eventually sent Ian Sullivan’18 to the sin bin with a yellow card, and Dartmouth found themselves on the defensive side of play. Nonetheless, the Big Green defense remained unyielding throughout the duration of the sin bin, preventing the conversion of multiple scoring opportunities for Harvard. Following the sin bin, Dartmouth went back to work with a third Sheehy penalty conversion and an impressive team try off the restart, beginning with shifty running by Struan Coleman, followed by seven offloads from five different players, and finishing with a try for DRFC president Andy Werchniak’18, in his first start since a torn ACL injury over a year ago. Only minutes later a Dartmouth scrum would result in another terrific display of team rugby and a second Coleman try.  Possession was exchanged back and forth in the final minutes of play with both teams seeing scoring opportunities, until Hannam scored his fourth try of the day, giving Dartmouth a 53 - 12 lead, which would remain until the final whistle. Dartmouth are 2 - 0 in the Ivy League and travel to Penn this weekend for their third Ivy League match.

DRFC 81 - 15 Cornell

This past Saturday the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club began Ivy League play with an 81 - 15 win on the road against Cornell. Cornell, however, started off strong, converting on its second penalty opportunity of the match to take a quick 3 - 0 lead. Dartmouth came back firing, as wing Gyorgy Brenov’20 touched down a try in the corner to give the Big Green a 5 - 3 lead. Fly half Patrick Sheehy’20 converted the try, a feat he consistently nailed throughout the day, his first of his eight successful conversions, to bring the Big Green to a 7 - 3 lead. From this point on, Dartmouth never looked back. Immediately following the restart, a strong scrum by Dartmouth lead to a Benji Hannam’18 try and a 14 - 3 lead. A barrage of Big Green scoring would ensue, created by strong running and good hands on attack. Captain Benji Hannam played wonderfully, leading the team with four tries. Minutes later, wing Chris Nkoy’18 made a tremendous individual effort, returning a kick 70 meters for a try, weaving in and out of defenders on his way toward the try zone. Tough running by Luke Bienstock’20 would lead to an Ollie Engelhart’18 try, his first of two on the day, and a 26 - 3 Dartmouth lead. Another Hannam try would follow and a Bienstock try would conclude Dartmouth’s first half scoring efforts, sending the DRFC to halftime with a 38 - 3 lead.

Dartmouth’s domination continued into the second half, with more tries from Engelhart, Hannam, and Bienstock, surging the Big Green lead to 64 - 3. As Dartmouth's lead increased, substitutes began to come on, which included several DRFC underclassmen who were able to make positive contributions on the field, including great physicality by freshman Andrew Skow’21 and a long run by Sumner Erbe’20, which would set up an Andrew Robinson’19 try and a score of 81 - 3 going into the final minutes of play. Cornell would conclude scoring plays for the match, with a controversial penalty try that sent Struan Coleman’19 to the sin bin with a yellow card and an impressive chip and chase effort by Cornell’s fly half. When all was said and done the Big Green walked out of Ithaca with an 81 - 15 victory and an Ivy League record of 1 - 0.

DRFC 22 - 17 UCLA (Spring Tour)

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.

Source: http://www.rugbytoday.com/college/dartmout...

DRFC 64 - 5 UCSD (Spring Tour)

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. 

DRFC 0 - 29 Navy

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.

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DRFC 105 - 0 Penn

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 forever”

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.

DRFC 61 - 0 Cornell

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.