Nine DRFC Players Named to All Ivy Men's First Team
Congratulations to the 15 men of our Ivy League schools who have been awarded with the distinction of being named All-Ivy honors for rugby!
Selections were made by vote of the 8 coaches of the Ivy Rugby Conference. These men are receiving honors for their skill and dedication on and off the field.
All Ivy Men First Team
1. Nick Carey (Harvard)
2. John Landers (Brown)
3. Krieg Greco (Dartmouth)
4. Jadrien Guy (Columbia)
5. Struan Coleman (Dartmouth)
6. Nkanyiso Nzimande (Brown)
7. Benji Hannam (Dartmouth)
8. Hayden Aldredge (Dartmouth)
9. Ollie Engelhart (Dartmouth)
10. Dawit Workie (Dartmouth)
11. Nick Hoynes (Brown)
12. Steve Dayneka (Harvard)
13. Luke Bienstock (Dartmouth)
14. Julien Johnson (Dartmouth)
15. Max Parker (Dartmouth)
All Ivy Men Second Team
1. Nezim Mmeswa (Princeton)
2. Gordon Driscoll (Dartmouth)
3. Vlad Sychou (Yale)
4. Brian Coryn (Harvard)
5. AJ Ding (Yale)
6. William Haynes (Princeton)
7. Alex Salazar (Penn)
8. Matthew Trembley (Columbia)
9. Max Weber (Princeton)
10. Alex Ogilvy (Brown)
11. Harry Seavey (Yale)
12. Connor McDermott (Brown)
13. Cameron Apple (Columbia)
14. Andrew Solidinhi (Harvard)
15. Ryo Inkyo (Cornell)
All Ivy Men Honorable Mentions
1. David Harris (Penn)
2. Ethan Venosa (Cornell)
3. Mohamed Shalan (Princeton)
4. Steven Hinshaw (Dartmouth)
5. Jack Bryan (Princeton)
6. Luke Hayhoe (Brown)
7. Scott Cockburn (Yale)
8. Tyler Preston (Columbia)
9. Matt Scimmanna (Harvard)
10. Jae Kim (Brown)
11. John Schuler (Cornell)
12. Adrian Odonayo (Princeton)
13. Joe Goode (Yale)
14. Patrick Sheehy (Dartmouth)
15. Robbie Waddilove (Harvard)
16. Alec Bayliff (Penn)
17. Trevor Anesi (Brown)
18. Edmond Hogan (Cornell)
19. Evan Wijaya (Penn)
20. Michael Ball (Brown)
The snow has melted and the spring rugby season has started here in Hanover. It has been a busy and productive “offseason” for the DRFC. The entire team came into the winter term looking to improve on a fall season that saw us win our 10th straight Ivy League title. As many of you know, the winter conditions of New Hampshire can sometimes be an impediment to rugby development, but we worked very hard to overcome the cold and snow. The boys put in many hours in the Floren Varsity weight room, lifting three to four times a week. Additionally, we were able to have two indoor practice sessions a week in order to keep our rugby instincts sharp. Due to the unique nature of Dartmouth’s quarter system, many team members are off campus during winters. This allows for younger players to step up and contribute to the first team. This process allows us to develop younger guys in our efforts to achieve consistent excellence on the field. Overall, the DRFC spent the cold winter months hard at work.
This effort is aimed at success in our spring season, and specifically in the Varsity Cup in April and the Collegiate Rugby Championship in June. On April 8th we will visit Clemson to play them in the first round of the Varsity Cup. This should be a great matchup that results in an entertaining game of 15s rugby. If we win this first round match, we would then host University of California Berkeley in Hanover on April 15th, which would be the first time in DRFC history that Cal visits Dartmouth. In preparation for these matchups we will be touring California from March 16th to March 25th. This tour will feature two first-team games and two second-team games. On March 17th the first team will play University California San Diego at 7 PM. On March 25th the first team will play UCLA in Los Angeles at 1 PM. A postgame tailgate with alumni will follow. The second team will play OMBAC Men’s club on March 21st in San Diego and University of Southern California on March 24th at 8 PM in Los Angeles. For any more information on our spring tour plans, please contact tour organizer Gordon Driscoll at Gordon.E.Driscoll.17@Dartmouth.edu. All alumni support while in California will be greatly appreciated.
We are extremely excited for the spring season to begin. The club lost a great assistant coach when James Willocks left to assume the head coach position at Penn State. But we are still in the great hands of Head Coach Gavin Hickie and are very optimistic for a great spring season. As always we are incredibly appreciative to all of our alumni for the huge amount of support we receive. Without your support, the DRFC would not be the incredible organization it is. Thank you for that, and we hope to see you out at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse sometime this spring.
Hayden Aldredge ’17
Dartmouth Rugby has been featured in a few different American Rugby outlets recently. Here is an article on Goff Rugby Report about Dartmouth's upcoming spring season:
And here is an interview with Head Coach Gavin Hickie from UR7s:
CRC Tickets are now available for Dartmouth fans.
Please use this link if you would like a two-day pass and a DRFC sweater vest:
Use this link if you would just like tickets:
The 2017 Varsity Cup bracket has been finalized.
The DRFC will travel to face Clemson away in the Round of 16 on April 8th. If Dartmouth wins this match, they will host Cal in the Quarterfinals on April 15th.
Many Dartmouth Rugby players were included in Goff Rugby Report's top forwards and backs of fall play. Krieg Greco, Gordon Driscoll, Struan Coleman, Benji Hannam and Hayden Aldredge were included on the list of forwards. Oliver Engelhart, Dawit Workie, Luke Beinstock, Julien Johnson, and Max Parker were included on the list of backs.
Check out the full lineup of forwards here:
Check out the full lineup of backs here:
Dartmouth dismantled Penn 105-0 in their last Ivy League match of the fall to win their 10th Straight Ivy League 15s Championship.
Dartmouth helped clean up the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth Half-Marathon that takes place in Hanover every October. It is a great opportunity for Dartmouth Rugby players to give back to the local community each fall.
Following an 86-0 beatdown at Yale, Dartmouth met DRFC Legend Dick Liesching '59. The DRFC has an award named after Dick Liesching, given to a senior who is not an officer but contributed most to the DRFC both on and off the pitch.
Although our Ivy season is merely three weeks old, the staff and players of the DRFC have been hard at work for months. As soon as the CRC concludes each year, we, the DRFC staff, consisting of Alex Magleby, James Willocks, Ben Schuler and I, sit down together and review all the lessons learned over the previous 12 months. We evaluate each area of our game, to see what we can do more effectively. The DRFC is constantly evolving through a new senior class each year, and through a young professional coaching staff with an insatiable appetite to push the boundaries of our sport.
We have the most wonderful student-athletes at the DRFC. Young men who demonstrate unwavering commitment to the cause on a daily basis. The cause created in 1951 going from strength to strength today.
It is the staff of the DRFC I would like to focus on and provide you with an update.
Alex Magleby '00, Technical Advisor to the DRFC is also USA Rugby’s General Manager of National Teams and Performance. Mags oversees all of our men’s and women’s national teams and is a key component of USA Rugby’s long-term vision for success. USA Rugby is in safe hands with the Big Green’s former captain and coach steering the ship of high performance development. Alex was in Rio this summer, witnessing rugby return to the Olympics after a 92-year absence. Leading Team USA was of course, our very own Madison Hughes ’15.
DRFC Assistant Coach, James Willocks had a very busy summer too. James is an integral part of our coaching staff with a very bright coaching future ahead of him. Along with coaching the DRFC student-athletes, Coach Willocks oversees all of our strength and conditioning in Floren Varsity Gym. James consistently gets the best from our Big Green rugby players. James also works with Dartmouth football players in his capacity as Assistant S&C Football Coach. Coach Willocks provides us with close ties to our football program and has been instrumental in turning former Big Green football captain, Stephen Dazzo ‘15, into one of the country’s leading young rugby players.
On top of welcoming baby Charlie into the word this year, James was part of the USA Rugby Collegiate All-American staff who traveled to Australia in August. Coach Willocks is a rising star within the USA Rugby world.
The DRFC would not function as fluidly as it does without the incredible hard work of our athletic trainer, Ben Schuler. From working with many players around the country, and getting a deeper understanding of the various collegiate rugby programs around the US, I have become acutely aware of the challenges most collegiate rugby programs face. Not only does the DRFC boast the very best facilities and alumni support in the country, we also boast the very best rugby athletic trainer. Ben looks after any and all of our bumps and bruises incurred by our student-athletes, ensuring their safety and wellbeing first and foremost. I work closely with Ben, monitoring all of our athletes’ health. Over the years, Ben has built a strong relationship with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, which provides all of our student-athletes speedy access to top medical care. Ben’s typical day consists of working out of Davis Athletic Training Center on campus, multiple visits to DHMC and of course, being ever present at our practices and games. Ben goes above and beyond his duties each and every day for the DRFC and we are very fortunate to be able to count on his services. It gives me great peace of mind to know that our student-athletes are in very safe hands.
It is because of Ben’s tireless work ethic that saw him selected as athletic trainer to the USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans tour to Australia this summer. Ben is a vital cog in the DRFC machine.
We are excited to welcome back Quinn Connell ’13 as our Development coach this Fall. Quinn was co-captain in 2012/13, my first year as head coach of the DRFC and finds himself back on campus as the Director of Engineering of the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP). Quinn’s MVP is taking the football world by storm and will be unveiled in rugby in due course. Quinn is doing a superb job with our freshmen rugby players and we are fortunate to have a recent Dartmouth graduate within our coaching ranks.
We are delighted to welcome Annalise Hall to our coaching staff this year. Annalise is a New Zealand intern from Otaga Technical College. Annalise contributes to all our strength and conditioning, while assisting Coach Quinn will our Development squad.
The DRFC has proven to be an ideal learning environment for our coaching staff. Former New Zealand interns, Matt Long and Todd Thornley are now thriving in their professions. Matt is head of strength and conditioning at London-Scottish Rugby Football Club and Todd is the head coach of Central Washington varsity rugby program.
Rugby is a year-round sport these days. Since the CRC in June, I have led our USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans squad to a highly successful tour of Australia. Along with Coach Willocks and Ben, Coach McWilliams of Yale and Coach Hickey of Notre Dame, I oversaw a three game series “Down Under” against Darling Downs RFC, Brothers RFC and Queensland Selects. The coaching staff provided an intense High Performance environment for our country’s elite collegiate rugby players, working their way towards becoming future Eagles. Many of the players on our tour to Australia have been selected to the USA Select squad, which is currently playing an international competition in Uruguay. Working at the national level, provides the DRFC staff with unique challenges, thus developing our own coaching skills.
After I returned from Australia back to Hanover, our new season with the DRFC commenced with a two-week preseason training period. We started with tough losses to Boston College and Navy before starting our Ivy Rugby Championship defense. It is important to note that each year, the DRFC staff and players map out our season. We go through a grueling pre-season before we get to pull on our Dartmouth rugby jersey and formally test ourselves. We aim to win every game we compete in. We aim to hit the ground running following preseason, but we do not aim to peak in September. While we firmly believe we are fully capable of beating BC and Navy and aim to do, we are fully aware that it takes us time to reach our potential each season. It takes time for new personnel and combinations to gel. We aim to learn from every practice and every game, peaking midway through our Ivy season, which is almost upon us. I am confident we are in a good place to defend our Ivy Rugby Championship for the ninth consecutive year. We never take our place atop of the Ivies for granted, and we strive each day to ensure we remain where we believe we should be.
We are currently 2-0 in our Ivy Championship. We shutout a tough and emotional Harvard team 20-0, opening their fantastic Mignone Rugby Field in the process. We stepped it up a gear last week in our first home game of the Ivy season by beating Brown 64-15. We are now starting to hit our stride and aim to take our form into a challenging fixture against Yale at New Haven Rugby Club this Saturday.
DRFC Captain, Hayden Aldredge ’17, spoke of our gratitude for what we have as Dartmouth rugby men. I would like to echo Hayden’s sentiments and thank you all for your ongoing support of the DRFC. The staff and players are acutely aware of the culture, history and hard work that has gone into making the DRFC what it is today. None of us would be here without those that have gone before us, without Corey Ford’s vision and guidance. We are indebted to each and every one of you that allows us to test ourselves every day in unbelievable surroundings. I have been extremely fortunate throughout my playing days to play on some of the top rugby pitches around the world. Twickenham, Murrayfield, Lansdowne Road, Welford Road, the Millennium Stadium, the list goes on. However, I firmly believe our gorgeous Brophy Field with the red trees in the Fall background is the most picturesque and beautiful setting for a game of rugby. Not a day goes by without us being extremely grateful to everyone who made Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse our home.
DRFC Head Coach
Friends of Dartmouth Rugby,
As I embark on my fourth and final season as a member of the Dartmouth Rugby Football Club along with my fellow members of the Class of 2017, I am filled with conflicting emotions of pride, that I am able to represent a club with such brilliant tradition as the DRFC, and sadness, that my time wearing the green jersey will soon come to an end. I've had the privilege of playing rugby under incredible guidance and leadership for the last three years, and this year is shaping up to be no different.
It's as exciting a time as ever to be affiliated with the DRFC. This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the DRFC, and the Club is looking forward to having yet another successful fall campaign filled with events to celebrate the momentous occasion.
We plan on extending our dominant tradition in the Ivy League by winning our 10th consecutive Ivy League title in 15s this fall, and we open up our title defense this Saturday, September 24th down in Boston against Harvard. This will be the first match played in Harvard's brand new rugby facility, and there's no better occasion to flood their stadium with Dartmouth fans and ruin their event.
We'd then like to welcome everyone up to Hanover on Saturday, October 1st for a rugby-specific homecoming weekend. We'll be playing Brown at noon, and will have a barbecue after the game at the Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Club.
Finally, we'll be hosting Cornell in Hanover on Saturday, October 29th over actual Homecoming weekend, and would love to see everyone who is coming up for the weekend at the match.
The Club continues to be in very good hands. This year marks the 5th year that our head coach, Gavin Hickie, has been at the helm. He is joined again by our strength and conditioning coach, James Willocks, and our athletic trainer, Ben Schuler, as well as first-time assistant coaches Anna-Lise Hall, who is interning from the University of Otago, and Quinn Connell '13, who is leading our developmental side. We are also frequently joined by Alex Magleby '00, who is currently the Director of Performance for USA Rugby, but assists with the DRFC whenever his schedule allows.
It has truly been an honor and a privilege to play Dartmouth Rugby during my time in Hanover. The spirit of the DRFC is alive and well in the Club today, and will continue to thrive for years and years to come.
Max Parker '17
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Madison Hughes was named captain of the U.S. men’s rugby team in 2014, despite being the youngest member of the team. He shares leadership advice with NBC, check out the link above!
Jack Braun 16' and Dawit Workie 17' were mentioned for All-American honors in the 2016 Mens Rugby competition set. Their outstanding performances throughout the DRFC season was noticed by coaches across the country, including DRFC and All-American Head coach Gavin Hickie.
Match Report Ivy League Tournament
Hanover, NH- Dartmouth hosted the Ivy League 7s Tournament this weekend. With the whole Ivy League present except for Princeton, Dartmouth entered two teams into the tournament. The Big Green looked to defend its home turf and did not disappoint this weekend. Both the A and B side teams swept their respective brackets to secure a first and second place finish. The A-side team dominated their games with a score of 35-7 over Cornell, 57-0 over Columbia, and 42-0 against Penn. The B-side was equally as dominant beating Brown 26-12, Yale 40-0, and beating Harvard in the closest match of the day 24-17. The Big Green played one additional friendly match against Cornell with a mixed squad and won 24-7.
After the tournament Coach Hickie stated “We were delighted to host our fellow Ivies at Corey Ford this Saturday. The tournament gave us a chance to look at some different 7s combinations since our success in Bermuda.”
The A-side started off the tournament with an 11:00am kickoff against Cornell. A quick try from the new Captain Hayden Aldredge put Dartmouth up 7-0 followed by some nifty passing between Max Parker and John Abraham for a 14-0 lead. Just before the half Co-Captain Dawit Workie hit Max Parker with a beautiful pass to give Dartmouth a comfortable 21-0 lead. Ollie Engelhart and John Abraham started off the second half with a couple of quick tries. However, Cornell slipped through the Dartmouth defense to put Cornell on the board. With time expiring Ollie Engelhart had a beautiful spin to break through the Cornell line and score under the posts to finish off the game 35-7.
Kickoff against Columbia started at 12:00 with a perfect kick from Dawit Workie directly into the hands of Hayden Aldredge who proceeded to step through three Columbia defenders and give Dartmouth a 7-0 lead just 11 seconds into the game. Dartmouth continued its dominant pace scoring a total of 9 tries to smash Columbia 57-0.
In the last game of the A side against Penn, Jack Braun got the Big Green started with some quick feet and a try in the corner to secure a 5-0 lead. With a beautifully placed restart kick, Dawit Workie sent the ball straight into the hands of freshman Struan Coleman who scored his first try of the day. Next Kyle Bramble continued his dominant day dashing through a number of Penn defenders to extend the lead to 15. Solid defense from Dartmouth and a huge poach from Dawit Workie put the ball back into the hands of the Big Green and John Abraham who scored his first try of game under the posts. Dartmouth led Penn 22-0 going into the half. The second half was marked by an even more dominant showing from Dartmouth as Krieg Greco, Max Parker, and John Abraham all recorded tries. With a final score of 42-0 the A side capped off their day.
Dartmouth’s B-side started the day off against Brown. With some solid defense Dartmouth was able to turn the ball over and work it out to Gordon Driscoll who stepped his way into the try zone for a 7-0 lead. Next freshman fly half Jack Badenhausen easily ran through a couple Brown defenders to extend the lead to 14.
With another big turnover and nice passing Dartmouth worked the ball out to winger Chris Nkoy who used his speed to dash around the Brown defense and take it all the way. Dartmouth led 21-0 going into the half. Receiving the ball at the start of the second half, Dartmouth was quick to get on the board again with a powerful run from Krieg Greco. On the restart Benny Goodman placed a beautiful ball into the hands of Chinedu Okafor for the steal. Unfortunately some confusion led to a Brown interception and try. With time expiring Brown was able to get one more score in before the whistle, however Dartmouth came out on top with a score of 26-12.
Next Dartmouth faced off against Yale. Looking for redemption after a tough loss in Bermuda, the Big Green came out looking sharp and tough. With a full head of steam, Krieg Greco barreled into the try zone for a quick Dartmouth lead. However, the big man wasn’t done and punched another one in off of a scrum in Yale’s red zone. A huge run from Steven Hinshaw put Dartmouth up 21-0 at the half. At the start of the second half, another big run and off load from Steven Hinshaw led to a try from Ian Sullivan. With some great place kicking from Benny Goodman to Chinedu Okafor, Dartmouth was able to maintain the ball and get it through the hands to Chris Nkoy who put Dartmouth up 33-0. Dartmouth’s defense proved too tough for Yale causing a turnover and another powerful run from the big man Hinshaw who scored his second try of the game and helped Dartmouth finish out the game 40-0.
In their final bracket play matchup Dartmouth faced off against number 2 seed Harvard for a place in the finals against Dartmouth A. A beautiful defensive interception from Jack Badenhausen gave Dartmouth a 5-0 lead. However, Harvard was quick to retaliate with a try of its own taking the lead 7-5. Some solid passing from Dartmouth and a selfless pass from Gordon Driscoll led a full field try from Chris Nkoy putting up Dartmouth 12-7. Unfortunately, a few knock-ons and some nice steps from Harvard led to a couple Harvard tries giving the Crimson a 17-12 lead. But Dartmouth wasn’t ready to quit. A beautiful dummy by Jack Badenhausen led a great try tying up the game at 17. With only seconds left and Harvard ball, senior Will de Chatellus commanded a great defensive push pressuring Harvard into a lofted pass, which Andrew Zhu grabbed and ran into the try zone for a nail biting Dartmouth win and securing a Dartmouth sweep.
Unfortunately due to injuries Brown was not able to play in its playoff matchup so Dartmouth entered a mixed team against Cornell in a final match. In the hard-hitting matchup Dartmouth scored first with a great run from Kyle Bramble. Max Parker was quick to extend the Dartmouth lead using his speed to score a try in the corner putting Dartmouth up 12-0. However, the winger was determined to show his defensive skill and intercepted a Cornell pass leading to another Dartmouth try and halftime score of 17-0. The second half proved to be a defensive battle with no one able to score for a few minutes until a great run from Chris Nkoy gave Dartmouth a 24-0 lead. With less than a minute left, Cornell ran a switch and was able to get on the board, however the effort was too late as time expired giving Dartmouth a 24-7 win and capping off the day.
A great turnout, nice weather, and some cheeky Dartmouth Rugby led to a great tournament win for the Big Green. Going forward the Big Green will look to continue its success. Gavin Hickie offered his remarks about the rest of the season saying, "We have a very competitive extended 7s squad and we will travel to Westpoint on May 15th for a 7s tournament before we set our sights firmly on the CRC."
Match Report – Navy (02/28/16)
Annapolis, MD – Dartmouth Rugby made the long haul drive to Annapolis this past weekend to play Navy in a friendly for the second time this year. The previous time the two teams met, Navy emerged the victors, winning the game 55 – 29. However, the game this past weekend brought a closer battle, with Navy edging out Dartmouth 29 – 21.
When asked to comment on the game, Coach Hickie responded, “Losing is always tough, especially in tight games against great opponents like the U.S. Naval Academy, but this is our preseason for the coming months and from that perspective, we can take a lot of positives from our performance. One big positive is that three Big Green footballers played their first game of rugby, contributed to the team and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “
“The squad has been working very hard over the winter term and the coaching staff is content with where we are in this process. We will look to build on this start with another tough game against Army.”
The game started poorly for Dartmouth as they conceded multiple penalties and turnovers, resulting in Navy establishing a quick 19 points on the board. At first, the Big Green’s scrum and lineout seemed to also be suffering, which was perhaps not helped by the limited outdoor practice time allowed to the team throughout winter term. However, just when things started to look bleak, Ollie Engelhart ’18 forced a turnover and passed the ball to Captain Jack Braun ’16 who made a valiant line-break before offloading to Hayden Aldredge ’17 in support who then shipped the ball to debut player and former football team running back, Kyle Bramble ’16. Bramble darted into the try zone and before placing the ball to the ground, was on the receiving end of a high tackle which ultimately led to a penalty try and a yellow card for Navy in the closing minutes of the first half.
The second half started much more fluidly for Dartmouth and while set piece operations were still somewhat shaky, the team dominated open play, running strong offensive phases and tackling more accurately in defense. Many strong tackles from Braun, Engelhart, Erik Warnquist ’16, Phil Sheridan '16, and other debut players Will Konstant ’16 and Will McNamara ’16 led to turnovers that the Big Green was able to capitalize on. This domination led to a try from Aldredge after receiving an offload from John Abraham ’16 who had sped down the side of the field. A successful conversion made the game 19-14. Soon after the restart, the Big Green was camped out at Navy’s goal line running multiple phases successfully before Konstant, with help from McNamara in support, punctured the Navy defensive line and scored a try that tied the game up. A successful conversion a minute later brought the Big Green two points above Navy, leaving the score 21 – 19 with ten minutes remaining on the clock. Unfortunately, these points turned out to be the last for the Big Green as an ambitious, but successful penalty kick and a last minute Navy try brought on by a Dartmouth penalty led to a final score of 29 – 21.
Captain Jack Braun kindly offered his remarks after the game, saying, “It was a tight game that was very promising on our end especially with 3 guys who had never played a game in their life. We are looking to get a faster start against Army next weekend and fix up our set piece but besides that it was a great start to the season and a definite improvement on our preseason performance against Navy in the fall.”